When my grandma came to live with my family in 1989, my parents had an addition built: bedroom and bathroom on the first floor, plus a huge walk-in closet that's like a small window-less room. It has shelves built on one side and clothing racks on half of the other side. How big is it? There's my crib (full of Cabbage Patch Kids), plus my grandma's dresser and bureau and there's still room to walk.
I have a lot of dolls stored in boxes on the shelves, as well as some stuff heading to the doll show, like vintage Barbie clothes I'm selling.
I keep most of my vintage dolls in individual boxes on shelves. My vintage outfits are on cards and in Rubbermaid drawers, organized by era and character (several for Barbie divided by year, vintage and mod Skipper, vintage and mod Ken (since the bodies are different sizes), and Francie).
I have several small display cases that hold four or five dressed dolls, depending on the size of their outfits. Currently, two have dolls in them. I also have three larger cases for scenes but right now, they just have furniture, no dolls! Then there are two dept. store cases. One is blocked so no display. The other has the Kitchen Littles kitchen permanently set up.
Right now, I'm in the middle of some major changes to my house and for that reason, a lot of my dolls are packed away rather than on disaply. Ok, almost all of them because of the dust and dirt that comes with renovating an old (meaning 1860s-era) home. Even when I do have them on display, though, it's only a few at a time. Eventually, that will change but for the moment, I have more in storage than I do out.
So how do you display your dolls? Do you rotate them? Are they out all the time? Never out? In a diorama? How do you store the ones that aren't on display or do you? I'm really curious as I am currently in a different phase of caring for my collection, one that I hope will be short-lived.
For a peek into what I've done, I've temporarily stacked at lot of my dolls in what we call "The Cabana." It's actually the old pool house (with heat, central air, etc) left over from when the house was part of a larger estate and had a pool, tennis courts, etc. It was also last redone in the 60s, hence the mod yellow color on the walls.
I realize this isn't the best way but it's either this or, well, I won't even say what we're finding in the walls as in the 1860s, construction materials were pretty much whatever was on-hand. So until the walls are re-sealed in a few weeks? This will have to do.