How to Make a Quilt Stand


Possibly one of the best ways to display a well-loved, handmade, or antique quilt is with a homemade quilt stand. Easy to put together and quick to create from start to finish, making a quilt stand can be as simple or complex as you want it to be with as many or as few decorative details as you want. In nothing but an afternoon, your custom quilt stand can become a family heirloom handed down right alongside the quilts it holds.

Constructing the quilt rack

Step 1

Use the compass to mark a 6-inch radius semicircle on each large board. Mark the center spot as well as the semicircle. Place the center of the compass 6 inches from the top and sides of only one end of the board. Saw off the corners following your marked line.

Step 2

Sand down any edges to create a smoother surface so any quilt fabric that touches the rack won't get pulled or ripped. Sand the edges of the three support boards as well.

Step 3

Drill a 1-inch hole 1 inch from the top center of each of the large side boards. Drill a second and third hole 1 inch from the sides, just below the end of the semicircles.

Step 4

Place the first 2-by-2 inch board flush against the edge of a side board 4 inches above the bottom foot and nail into place. Do the same on the other side with the other 2-by-2 inch board to create support beams for the frame. Nail the last support board at the center point from the compass.

Step 5

Line up the other side board of the rack with the support boards and secure. To finish, slide the dowel rods into place, one at the top and one on each side. This should be a nice fit and not something that needs to be forced.

Tips and Warnings

  • Always wear eye goggles and a dust mask when cutting and sanding wood to keep debris from entering your eyes or lungs. Work in well-ventilated areas when applying wood stains.

Things You'll Need

  • (2) 4-feet long by 12-inch wide boards, 1 to 2 inches thick
  • Radial compass
  • Small hand saw
  • Sander or sandpaper
  • (3) 2-by-2 inch boards, 30 to 32 inches long
  • Hand drill with appropriate bit for drilling 1-inch holes
  • Hammer and nails
  • (3) 7/8-inch diameter dowel rods, 36 inches long
  • Wood sealant or stain in color of your choice
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Margaret Telsch-Williams is a freelance, fiction, and poetry writer from the Blue Ridge mountains. When not writing articles for Demand Studios, she works for as a contributor and podcast co-host.

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