How to Build an Arcade Cabinet for Your Home?

We often dream of building our arcade. With the fast-developing DIY culture, this should not be a very hard task either. If you search the web, you would find loads of tutorials that will tell you how you can build an arcade for yourself at home. We did half of your job and have brought to you a compact guide that gives you a step by step idea for building a DIY arcade along with the various options that you could avail along the way for different items. Let’s scroll through then. 

Step by step guide to building your home arcade:

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Building an entire arcade on your own is surely not a piece of cake. We have brought to you some simple steps that you must focus on while you are on it. Read along to know more!

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First and foremost, you must search for a cabinet that is suited for you to make your arcade. You can always build one from scratch. But it is not always the most viable option. You need to have enough amount of workspace and it take a lot of time as well. You can rather buy an old one. It would not cost you much either if you are to buy an arcade that is not working. 

After you are done with selecting a cabinet, you must dismantle it. Keep a check that you do not just rip every one of the parts. Be patient with this step. You can use or even sell some of the parts online later. 

When you are done with dismantling the cabinet, it is now time for you to make your arcade. But before you start keep in mind the amount of space you would want all the parts of the arcade. It would be better if you made a rough sketch to keep the design in kind while you progressed. The spaces for the deck and the monitor are the most important in this case.

Once you are done with the basic structure, sand out the edges to give it a more finished look. This will also help you when you are painting the arcade. You can choose the colour you want, but remember to put the primer on first. Give as many coatings of colour as you feel is necessary to give it a completed look. For the wooden parts, wood acrylic would be the best option, but while colouring the metal parts, go for spray paints. They are easier to handle as well. 

Now it is time to look into the main aspects of the machine. First, you need to decide the kind of monitor you would like. Before putting it up, check if the size you opted for fits properly into space. As for the deck, you can make it on your own. Yes, it would take a bit of your time, but it would worthwhile.

For the buttons, you must keep in mind the number of players you wish to have. On average, ten buttons and two joysticks should be enough on most occasions. You can even go for 20 buttons. The buttons and keys can be bought online. It is better to opt for online options as they often have deals that will cost way lesser than any offline mode transaction. 

Your arcade is almost completed now. The part left with now is the finishing touches. The marquee, along with the sound and lighting are pretty easy aspects to deal with. For the Marquee, you need a sticker that you can easily put up using and adhesive. Depending on the types of games you are to play on the arcade, you can buy your speakers. The main speaker goes into the cabinet of the marquee. 

For the internals, you can use the power strips that your fee is suitable for you. Just be sure that it can detect your PC properly. If you are a gamer then you already have a PC and you can use it just fine for this purpose. 

There you go with your homemade arcade. If you are someone who likes to play mainly retro games then you could always use a gamulator to store some of those games and play them later.

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