How to Build a Rotating Product Display

Written by cameron easey
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How to Build a Rotating Product Display
An old record player can be used as a rotating display. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Rotating product displays, also called turntable displays, provide you with an effective tool to draw attention to your products, collectibles or whatever you might want to stand out to an audience. You can find them for sale in shops or online, but you might want to get creative, and thrifty, and make your own. An old record player makes a well-suited alternative. If you do not already own a record player, or have an old one stored in the attic or garage, you can likely find one at a second-hand shop.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Record player
  • Screwdriver
  • Felt cloth
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Remove the dust cover. If the hinges are secured with screws, remove them with the appropriate type of screwdriver. Set the dust cover aside.

  2. 2

    Cut a strip of felt cloth with the scissors. Make it big enough to cover the stylus arm of the record player. Wrap the stylus in the felt. You might also use felt to prepare a cover for the turning platform on which the records sit, and where you will be displaying the item of your choosing. You can also drape the outside of the record player with felt or another type of fabricc to add to the visual appeal of your homemade rotating display.

  3. 3

    Place the record player on a table or stand where you want to set up your display. Position the record player so that it now sits sideways with the stylus arm at the back.

  4. 4

    Plug the power cord for the record player into an electrical socket. Test the turntable to make sure your fabric on the stylus, or around the body of the record player if you chose to include it, does not hinder its movement.

  5. 5

    Set the product that you want to display on the turntable platter. Turn on the power and set the record player in motion.

Tips and warnings

  • Change the speed of the record player's rotation depending on how fast or slow you want your display item to turn.

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