Changes in the Doll Room


Every now and again I become dissatisfied with the arrangement of furniture, storage and display units in the doll room. This is typical of me. I am a chronic furniture rearranger anyway.

The doll room which is really a spare bedroom is also where I do scrapbooking and store craft supplies. The multi purpose room doesn’t always work because if I have to move things to get to other things sometimes I can’t be bothered and other times I get so involved in moving and tidying things that I don’t actually do any craft. I can’t get any new furniture right now so over the past few weeks I’ve been swapping and changing things around. This is how the doll room looked last year.

An earlier set up of the dolls room.
An earlier set up of the dolls room.
The Dolls
Some of the dolls
The doll room before I started moving things.
The doll room before I started moving things.

 

First of all the wooden dining table that I had in the doll room was swapped with the adjustable desk I had for my computer. I figured that each would be a better fit in the other room. It works for the doll room especially because most of the time I scrapbook alone so I can have the table small but if I have a friend over I can lift up a flap or two to make more room.  I have moved it to under the window to get better natural light but am thinking of one more move, to turn it 90 degrees so that I can get the flaps up without having to move too much other stuff.

A lot of the dolls live on shelves on three walls and I haven’t needed to move these. Hubby put them up for me not long after we moved in, at our old house they were our bookshelves, we had a whole room full of them. Now a lot of the books are on free standing shelves in the passage so the  old shelves have been re-purposed. We did have to buy a couple of extra planks and brackets but that was not a big expense.

My former sewing machine trolley was re-purposed a few months ago to hold the dolls house where the Tammy family and the Tressy’s live. I don’t use the machine that often. If I need to I can put it on the desk.  I had packed a lot of dolls and craft materials into plastic tubs but these were taking up a lot of space so I moved a few things to get them into a corner under the shelves which is not ideal but better.

However, the main big change has been to the resting places of the larger dolls. I have an old armchair and I had planned to ditch it to make more space but then I had another idea. We have an old entertainment unit that used to be in the living room. I had to move it because Hubby could not bend to reach the DVD player and was unable to watch DVD’s. After I’d rearranged the living room to accomodate him I was stuck with this unit which has been gathering dust and getting in my way in the laundry for months. I had planned to get rid of it even if I had to give it away but then I thought why not put it in the doll room? The space designed to hold an older TV was ideal for large dolls. So that’s what I did. It was a big job moving it by myself but I managed it and decided to move my collectible dolls into it and the larger play dolls to where they had been standing on another old piece of furniture.  The top and bottom cupboards of the unit which is corner shaped were filled with craft supplies which doesn’t look great but will be better when I replace plastic shopping bags with something nicer. I may end up putting some smaller dolls up top there later.

I'm quite pleased with how well this unit fitted in.
I’m quite pleased with how well this unit fitted in.

Putting the unit into the room meant that I had to remove my vinyl cube units. What to do with them? The thing I like about them is that they are easy to dismantle and rearrange into a different configuration. So I went from a two wide eight high set up to a three wide and two high one which I put on top of a cabinet that holds scrapbooking supplies. Now I have more room for fashion dolls in these cubes. I had some pieces left over so I made a single cube which I will put aside for taking photos in.

The cube units now make great doll display areas.
The cube units now make great doll display areas.
The African American Barbies now live in two separate cubes.
The African American Barbies now live in two separate cubes.

I just have a little more tidying to do now, loose doll clothes and other odds and ends. I can probably even keep the armchair although I haven’t decided if I will yet. I’ve added a dog bed for Cindy too as she likes to sit with me when I’m in there.

The large dolls who were scattered are now together.
The large dolls who were scattered are now together.
This unit holds doll magazines and sewing supplies. Undoubtably I  still have too much stuff.
This unit holds doll magazines and sewing supplies. Undoubtably I still have too much stuff.

And Finally:

The desk in position.
The desk in position.

Now the room looks nice and tidy and will be a bit easier to use so I’m happy. Until next time I decide to change it!

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10 comments

  1. I love your doll room! I don’t have one either. I didn’t mind for years but now I can’t find anything in the doll drawers and I’ve run out of space so I need one! Anyway, I’ve been browsing your shelf pics for ages now, seeing who I know and who I don’t. You have such a wonderful collection.

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    • Thank you. Hard to believe it all started from a handful of childhood dolls I could never part with. Even harder to believe that I’ve been collecting dolls for around 20 years now. It doesn’t seem that long. There are still more Barbies packed away too!

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  2. Your doll room looks great. The larger girls will be happy with their new space. I love the variety in your wonderful collection. I love the vinyl cube cubbies, perfect for fashion dolls. I hope your new setup works well for you.

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    • Thanks I was pleased with how it turned out. I’ll be able to create a few little scenes in the cubes and the spare one is good for photographing them if I don’t want a distracting background. I think the collection won’t get a lot bigger but there will always be the odd doll that I’ll take a fancy to and bring home.

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