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How to assemble a mannequin


September 29, 2016

Once you’ve purchased your mannequin it will arrive in a box completely disassembled. If it’s your first time, you might not know where to start. Although some companies like Genesis Display provide a simple instruction guide with every mannequin most manufacturers do not. With the step by step guide below you’ll have your mannequin up in no time and with very little effort. Click here to bring up a visual.


  1. Traditionally mannequins will come in 8 pieces: upper torso, leg and hip, leg, left and right arms, left and right hands and base. Once you open the box you’ll want to lay all these pieces out on a soft flat surface to avoid scratch the finish.

  2. Always start with the base first. Most mannequins come with a foot or ankle rod option and some include both. Decide what’s best for you and assemble the metal fitting onto the glass or metal base.

  3. Next you’ll need to attach the opposite leg to the lower torso and leg piece. The easiest way to this is to flip the form so the feet are on top then put the fittings together and twist the leg into place. This might take a little elbow grease and having a second person help out makes it much easier. Newer mannequins will be a little tougher to assemble. Fortunately, such as the case with all mannequin by Genesis Display, this is the last time you’ll need to do this. Innovations like the “Spring Fitting” have made dressing a mannequin much easier.

  4. Now that the hard part is over, place the assembled lower body on the base fitting.

  5. Next twist the torso into place onto the lower body. Depending on the mannequin you might have to remove, flip and screw in a part that make the torso more secure. Not all mannequins will have this option.

  6. There are a variety of different arm fittings but they all should be simple enough to attach to the torso.

  7. Finally place the hands onto the arms with either a push or a twist.


Once you’re finish you’re ready to dress it up. If you need help please take a look at our “How to dress a mannequin” guide.

If you have any problems, please contact us. We’re happy to help.




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