Have you ever looked around during Christmas or Valentine’s Day to find a simple box for giving someone a piece of jewelry? You know the boxes to which I refer? They’re often found at dollar-theme stores and they come in various sizes depending upon the piece of jewelry you’re giving. Available in various colors and designs the square or rectangular boxes have a lid that comes all the way off. You’ll often find the boxes sold in a set of several different sizes. These boxes are perfect for making retro-type furniture for a dollhouse.
If you just want to make usable furniture, and it doesn’t matter if it’s super-impressive, you can use a simple box and lid to make a sofa or chair. Use a long, rectangular box to make a couch and a smaller one to make the chair. To make either one, remove the lid and turn the box upside-down. The box is now the seat of the furniture piece. Position the lid so that it is along one edge of the box and glue it in place. This will form the back of the furniture. If the sofa and chair will be up against walls it’s not absolutely necessary to make an outside back for the furniture pieces. However, the furniture will look a little nicer if you cut a piece of cardboard and tape or glue it to the back of the box lid. You can leave it at that or take it a step further to make something more impressive.
Before gluing the lid to the box cover each piece in decorative fabric or paper. If you use cloth choose some that is fairly thin. Wrap each box and lid, then glue the lid to the box, standing it on one edge and gluing it near the edge of the box. Don’t forget to cut a flat cardboard piece, cover it as well, then attach it to the back of the lid. The simplistic furniture is reminiscent of furnishings from the 1950’s and ’60’s.
Make a different type of sofa by using a lid that’s smaller than the box. Turn the box upside-down, glue the lid as in the furniture above, but slide the lid all the way to one end. Back in the day, this full seat with half back design was very popular. In your dollhouse it will be, too. Make single pieces, living room suits, sectionals and even foot stools. Since they’re so simple to make you’ll be able to furnish the entire dollhouse in no time!