Most people would be surprised to learn that dollhouses started life as an adult toy. Designed to showcase the owner’s wealth and taste they were called Cabinet Houses or dockenhaus (German for miniature house), and used to display collections of tiny, beautiful and expensive objects. The British in true narcissistic form took it a step further, debuting the baby house in the 1700’s. The baby house was a perfect miniature of the owners own house, right down to the shining copper pans in the kitchen. It wasn’t until the Victorians, with their sentimentalised version of childhood, and the mass production of the factory that dollhouses came to be seen as children’s toys at all.

Dollhouses as an adult hobby have never entirely disappeared. Usually kept by women and of significantly higher quality than the children’s toys, the furnishings are usually tiny works of art, collected over a period of years. More recently, thanks to the rise of sites like Etsy where producers of niche items can find a customer base, dollhouses have been getting weirder.

And sexier.

While searching for Harry Potter miniatures (don’t you judge me) I came across Jenny Nightfall. As well as goth, fantasy and yes, Harry Potter themed dollhouse accessories she also makes a huge range of kinky props and dungeon furniture for your dolls. Fascinated, I edited my search terms and found a handful of artists who were doing the same. Apparently BDSM dollhouses are a small but growing business.

I reached out to Jenny to ask her how she got into the fetish dollhouse business, and which came first, the dolls or the kink? It turns out that the dungeon furniture is a late addition to a long standing love affair with the toys, starting in her childhood. Apparently the kink is an outgrowth of her line of gothic miniatures as there’s “a fetish component” to the subculture. So there we go. It seems the screaming moralists were right, goth is a gateway to perversion. Her current project is a goth nightclub with a dungeon floor; something we can’t wait to see.

She does requests by the way, so if you’re looking for your very own, very specific, gothic fetish dollhouse let her know.

Another producer, known only as BDSMfan got into making erotic dolls house furniture from completely the opposite direction. A creator of handcrafted full-size dungeon furniture, they began making miniatures as a means of demonstrating their full sized pieces before realising there was a market for those miniatures in their own right. Populated by ball jointed dolls in latex doing rather rude things to each other, BDSMfan’s works are scaled down versions of their full sized devices; enabling you and your dollies to get spanked beside each other on matching benches. While Jenny’s pieces have the delicate charm of the traditional dolls house even while they’re made of leather and feature scary looking implements, BDSMfan’s have the solidity of scale architectural models – appealing in their own right.

Though not the only makers of kinky toys for your toys they were the only ones willing to talk to me about it, which isn’t all that surprising. I imagine you get twice the harassment from fun hating net dwellers when your perverted toys are, well, actual toys. Someone with too much time on their hands always needs to think of the children after all. However, if you head on over to Etsy you’ll find a handful of other makers looking to handcraft you the miniature dungeon of your dreams.

Siobhan

Siobhan

Siobhan has degrees in medieval history and information management, making her really fun at parties. She currently writes for Witch Way and Autostraddle and is working on a book about Irish goddesses for Wolfenhowle Press.
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