5 Brilliant Ways to Use a Lazy Susan

updated May 1, 2019
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We all already know what a lazy Susan can do for a pantry or a fridge. And we know that a special built-in lazy Susan can keep a corner cabinet from being totally wasted space. But we’ve been wondering what other uses a lazy Susan can have. Turns out, there are a few clever bloggers putting their own spin on the organizing tool.

Check them out and give one of these ideas a whirl.

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1. Serving up pizza.

First on deck: This preppy striped serving situation from Ashley of Sugar & Cloth. She took a big round board, painted it, added a food-safe protective coating, and installed a rotating lazy Susan base with a drill. (Although you could really just start with a ready-made lazy Susan!) By using a lazy Susan on pizza night, everyone will have access to the slice they want.

Get the how-to: DIY Retro Lazy Susan from Sugar & Cloth

2. Picking family activities.

How to decide what the family should do on a Saturday afternoon? If you’re Whitney, from A Mommy’s Life with a Touch of Yellow, you turn an upside-down lazy Susan from IKEA into a fun, game-show-like decider. Her tutorial includes some chalkboard spray painting and vinyl arrow making, but overall, it’s a pretty simple way to solve the perennial kiddo question of, “I’m bored … what can I do?” You could also use the same idea to make a chore chart.

See how she did it: Ikea Lazy Susan turned Spinning Activity Chart from A Mommy’s Life with a Touch of Yellow

(Image credit: Trish of Mom on Timeout)

3. Keeping arts and crafts stuff in one place.

Homework is more fun when your pens, markers, stapler, and such rotate, right? Maybe not. But Trish at Mom On Timeout made it a bit easier to do assignments, with everything in one place. (No wasted time looking for scissors!) She used clear jars and vases for her individual containers, but you could use colored cups, soup cans, or any other cylindrical vessels you have on hand.

For more info: Homework Station Turntable from Mom on Timeout

(Image credit: Home Made Modern)

4. Creating a coffee station.

Making coffee (when you haven’t had any) can be a tough task. This rotating coffee station by Val at Home Made Modern makes it a little easier — and way more charming. With a little bit of spray paint and decorative paper, she was able to create a setup that looks like it was made to go together.

See more pics: Lazy Susan Coffee Station from Home Made Modern

(Image credit: Refashionably Late)

5. Making game night easier.

Life — the game and the reality — will be a lot easier if everyone can reach the board. Ruthie, over at Refashionably Late, made a special rectangular lazy Susan to hold her game board, but you can use whatever round one you have on hand. If there’s a game your family loves to play again and again, consider gluing the board down so that it’s extra easy to spin toward whoever’s turn it is.

Get the directions: DIY Lazy Susan Game Board at Refashionably Late