Playing driving video games with the general purpose controller is not the best experience. A realistic wheel controller is the best choice. Recently I bought 2 wheels for my PS3 to have a better experience with Gran Turismo 5 Prologue.

The wheels come with a knee support but this is really awkward so I started to look for an affordable alternate solution. I could have bought a small table but I wasn’t able to find a cheap one to satisfy the size requirements. I also looked into pre-made gaming cockpits but most of them are pretty expensive.

I ended up at Ikea looking for a cheap solution and I found wood shelves for just $10 a piece. They looked good enough for what I wanted: the proper size and price. I bought two of them and with some other wood pieces I had around the house I built a table for two driving wheels.

Gaming table

I used one of the shelves as the table top and the other one, cut in two, as the legs. To make the whole thing sturdier I used two pieces from a 2×4 stud and two from a 2×2 stud.

Gaming table

Because the shelves are made from soft wood I pre-drilled all the holes before assembling everything with screws.

Gaming table

The only thing that I still have to do is to fill the screw holes with wood putty and to paint the table (this might never happen).

Gaming table

So for a total cost of under $30 you can build this table and invest more money in the driving wheels!

Gaming table

Of course the table can be used for other purposes too. And the console doesn’t matter – Xbox, PS2, Wii or other will be happy with it as well :)

Now that I look at it I think with just a bit more effort I can make a nice solution for routing the cables. Another idea is to use another shelf for the bottom so the pedals will be placed on it. This way I could use a stopper to prevent the pedals support from moving around. I guess I might invest another $10 in this table after all. Happy gaming!

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