How to Make a Rotating Clothes Rack

Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images

Rotating clothes racks are used to display clothes and are made to revolve. They usually have four to six arms that turn around a fixed center. These types of racks rotate easily, making it convenient for customers to browse clothes for sale. A simple rotating clothes rack can be made from basic lumber. Racks like this will be perfect for displaying clothes at rummage or estate sales, since they can be built in an hour or so at a workbench.

Drill a 1-inch hole through the 50-inch board. It should be 2 inches away from the end and 1 3/4 inches away from each edge. Rotate the board 90 degrees and drill another hole through the board. It should be 3 inches away from the end, 1 3/4 inches away from each edge and perpendicular to the first hole.

Screw one side of the Lazy Susan bearing to the end of the 50-inch board that is opposite the end with the holes. Use four 4-inch screws. The edges of the bearing should be 1/2 inch away from the sides of the board.

Set the board and the bearing on top of the plywood so it is centered. The sides of the board should each be 12 1/4 inches away from the edges of the plywood. Screw the other side of the bearing to the plywood in this position. Use four 3/4-inch screws for this.

Insert a dowel through each of the holes that were drilled in the first step. The ends of the dowels should each be 26 1/4 inches away from the sides of the 50-inch board. Screw the last 4-inch screw through the top end of the 50-inch board so it enters each dowel.

Tap an end cap on the end of each dowel using a rubber mallet. The end caps will keep the clothes hangers from sliding off the rack.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Pine board, 4 by 4 by 50 inches
  • Plywood, 3/4-inch, 28 by 28 inches
  • Drill
  • Drill bit, 1-inch
  • Screw gun
  • Lazy Susan bearing, 3 by 3 inches
  • 2 dowels, 1 by 56 inches
  • 5 wood screws, 4-inch
  • 4 wood screws, 3/4-inch
  • 4 brass end caps, 1-inch
  • Rubber mallet


  • "Step by Step Basic Carpentry"; Ben Allen; 1997

About the Author

Brandon Salo is a world-traveling writer, musician, medical technician and English teacher. After earning his degree at Northern Michigan University, he traveled the world while writing, performing as a jazz pianist and teaching English. In 2014 he worked as an emergency medical technician in New York state before he left to travel the world while finishing his first book.

Photo Credits

  • Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images