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Note: This is a retrospective build log but it may be useful for anyone seeking something similar. This post contains some older and some newer pictures.

Although I have a dedicated gaming room, space is fairly tight due to other project builds inhabiting it. The objective for this project was to create a small but practical gaming area with a style in-keeping with the rest builds.

Result:



Step 1 - The first objective was to identify an appropriate desk to be used as a basis to start from. The criteria were that it was both small and stable and also incorporated a back/vanity board. This is the one I selected which was the closest fit I could find:



As you can see, there isn’t a lot of space on here (a mere 1m wide by 60cm deep) so things needed to be well thought out. Due to the lack of surface area, I figured that I’d need to create a monitor shelf and embed that into it. The stand on the monitor I had protruded out excessively making the desk next to useless in terms of being functional. A shelf would afford much more usable space on the already compact surface.

Step 2 - Next was to decide on the style of the modifications I wanted to make to the desk. I wanted these to be in-keeping with the other inhabitants of the room which have a similar style:



So this essentially has a very angular look to it, with some fairly significant bevels, which I wanted to maintain.

Step 3 - Cut and the sides / front section from MDF and build the basic shelf. Here are a few pictures of this phase (this was after I had covered the desk surface and vanity board in blackboard vinyl):



Side pieces:



Step 4 - Once those pieces were complete, I covered the front angled section of the desk in vinyl and attached it (picture from the completed build):



Step 5 - Work was started on the monitor shelf. The adjustable height / tilt mount was embedded into it which is really the key design feature of this setup.





Step 6 - This part was the most time consuming. Preparing and painting the sides of the desk and monitor shelf. The MDF pieces were filled with car body filler on the rough edges and sanded down smooth. These were then taken through various stages of priming, sanding and spraying to give the final finish.



Step 7 - I wanted to ensure that none of the cables would be visible – I attached a power strip to the back of the vanity board and created some ‘wings’; these would create the overall design effect I was looking for and also help to prevent any visibility of the cables when viewed from the side.



Step 8 - This concentrated on the aestetics of the front of the shelf by fabricating some inserts. These were made from shaped MDF with vinyl applied to the recessed part.



The final result looks like this:

post #2 of 6
Really good job, makes me think I need to do something similar with my setup. You've definitely turned a standard ikea desk into something that looks quite expensive and well designed.

Did you make the MortalCombat machine? What hard ware is it running?
What's the massive tower that your rig is sitting on? Water cooling cabinet?
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Thank you. The Vewlix arcade cabinet is DIY and currently runs off my main rig. It's fitted with Sanwa parts. I'm planning to put my old components in there to make it stand alone. It was the first project build I was genuinely happy with.
The tower under the PC is just a stand - the desk isn't big enough to accommodate it so I had to make something to keep it off the floor and provide a view through the side window. It basically stores a power strip, router and a bunch of loose cabling. No other function than that!
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What exactly did you use to wrap the desk???
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Great job, I was actually just about to wrap my desk in vinyl too, did you just use the big wraps of vinyl you can get from Amazon or better grade stuff? How was it working with the wrap on the wood? Does it feel like it will stick and hold up for some time?
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What exactly did you use to wrap the desk???

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Great job, I was actually just about to wrap my desk in vinyl too, did you just use the big wraps of vinyl you can get from Amazon or better grade stuff? How was it working with the wrap on the wood? Does it feel like it will stick and hold up for some time?

The desk has been in service for a few years now so it's definitely holding up durability-wise. It's blackboard vinyl that was used (that's what it's called in the UK) and is thicker than regular vinyl. It's pretty easy to work with and adheres really well. When applying the vinyl, it takes some effort to go around edges pulling with one hand and using my thumb to press down firmly working from the middle outrwards. On the edges, I tend to either use a bevel to reduce the angle or round it off with some light sanding to avoid any bubbling or inconsistencies.

The width of the vinyl is 1m and the length is cut to size. I usually order a few meters at a time.

Close-up of the texture:

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