Intro: DIY UPCycle Ottoman/Coffee Table/Arcade
This is a fun upcycle diy project involving an old suitcase, 8" sofa legs, and a vintage-style gaming setup. All together, you could likely complete this project in as much time as it takes the glue and finish to dry. It is wildly simple, and I really like the look.
Step 1: Attaching Legs
I purchased a vintage, Samsonite, suitcase from a thrift-store, and attached amazon ordered sofa legs to the bottom. To do this, I simply went to home depot and purchased a cheap piece of plywood to fit the bottom of the suitcase, drilled holes for the legs, and used a lock washer/nut combo to attach the legs. Originally, I was worried about this setup, but, they are surprisingly sturdy.
Step 2: Simple "Cabinet" Assembly.
Next, I used another, fitted piece of plywood, and attached two 1x4s to either side. The joystick and buttons I purchased required a spade bit.
This is the assembled version. I used wood glue for a clean and easy look. The goal was to make something simple and easy to replicate. This is not a technical build.
This is the unfinished "cabinet" sitting inside the opened suitcase.
Apply finish (wish I had gone lighter).
Step 6: JoyStick/Buttons/Raspberry PI
The joystick/button setup is very easy, and there are a lot of possible game options. I purchased the tv at a pawnshop for 20$. I also considered installing an old vhs player, perhaps later. All in all, I think the entire build cost me a little over 100$. And the final product looks great as an Ottoman/Coffee table, and when opened, the gaming system is a lot of fun with zero mess/clutter. Currently, I have a raspberry pi 3b/retropie installed (There are thousands of tutorials online -- It's not hard). However, I am considering the use of an original xbox/vintage SNES as well. You can hookup whatever media you want.
**When closed, I simply lay the tv down, inside.
Final cost - Rounding up:
Raspbery PI (Gaming system of choice) - $50
Joystick/Buttons - $20
Wood - $10
Suitcase - $10
Legs - $15
TV - $20