How to Build a Wooden Merry-Go-Round

By Benjamin Skinner ; Updated April 18, 2017
Merry-go-rounds are a favorite pastime.
Merry-go-rounds are a favorite pastime.

A merry-go-round is an exciting ride for children and adults alike. Not only can you find them at playgrounds, but you’re able to make your own right at home. Merry-go-rounds can be made with or without handles, and they allow you to turn them as fast as you would like by foot or hand, depending on the style of merry-go-round you are riding.

How to Build a Wooden Merry-Go-Round

Sand and paint the table top.

Screw the bottoms of the children’s chairs into the top of the table top, with the backs of the chairs against each other. This is where the children will sit while spinning. Make sure they are secure.

Place the table top over the bottom of the computer chair. Screw the table top securely into the computer chair bottom. Use a flat piece of wood to center and make the table top more secure over the base.

Check all areas of the merry-go-round before placing anyone on it. Do a thorough walk-through, and spin it a few times before actually attempting to use it. It should not wobble out of place during this time. If it does, tighten the screws around the top of the table.

Things You Will Need

  • Circular piece of wood (old dining room table top)
  • Axle (computer chair bottom)
  • Screws
  • Sandpaper
  • Children's chairs
  • Flat piece of wood
  • Paint


Make sure the merry-go-round is sturdy enough to hold children before using it. Adult supervision might be required during play.

About the Author

Located in New York State, Benjamin Skinner has been writing technology and health articles since 2008. He has worked with large companies such as Women’s Forum and Great Leap Studios. Skinner has more than six years of experience in the construction industry and understands the inner workings of buildings. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Syracuse University.