I love to play ’80’s arcade games, so I wanted a video games table — something cool and compact for my living room to play in my spare time using my TV. So I got the idea to create something to be used both as a table and video game console too. I spent less than 100 euros to build it, the hardest part was to build and connect everything without damage to the table or making it weaker.
IKEA items used:
- LACK side table
Other materials and tools:
- Raspberry Pi Zero computer
- OTG USB hub
- Arcade sticks
- Arcade buttons
- Arcade controller
- HDMI and USB panel plugs
Video games table hack instructions
Create 3 holes on the bottom of the LACK side table — 2 for the controllers, 1 for the computer.
Drill matching holes on the surface for joystick and buttons.
Related: Bamboo arcade game controller set
Drill also a hole on the side for power supply, HDMI connection for the TV and an extra USB connection (eg. for wifi keyboard)
My first thought was to embed the monitor into the table, but then I thought it would not be comfortable to play with it. We have a big flat TV at home, so I thought It would have been better to use the flat screen TV. Besides, the video games table would be less expensive.
See more photos of my video games table here.
~ by Luca Enei