Unless you are using the Wii system or video games that detect movement, most of the time when you play a video game you'll be sitting down. So it makes sense to spend a small amount of time and money to create your own chair in which to play these games. The base models of these chairs can be made out of household materials and will be suited for about any video game you play while seated.
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Things you need
- Chair without armrests
- 1x6 board, 3 feet long
- 2 heavy-duty hinges
- 2 or 3 steel brackets
- Wood screws
- Drill and screwdriver
Select a chair without armrests for maximum possible ergonomics and comfort. You do not want armrests on these video game chairs as they can restrict your movements while you are playing the game. This is why sit-down video arcade games do not have armrests on their chairs. Office chairs often work for these purposes, as they are designed to be sat in for extended periods, offer flexibility, and users can usually remove their armrests easily. Remove wheels from these chairs. You want your video game chair to be as firmly anchored to the floor as possible.
Attach a tray table to the chair for you to rest your arms on. Cut a 3-foot-long 1x6 board in half. Attach one half to one side of the chair by screwing one end of a pair of heavy-duty steel brackets into the board and the other end into the bottom of the seat. Use a drill and steel screws for attaching these brackets to the board and the chair.
Attach heavy-duty hinges to the top of the board that is now screwed into the side of the chair and attach the other half of the 1x6 board to these heavy-duty hinges. Both these hinges and brackets (on the bottom of the chair) must be able to hold a decent amount of weight, so the bigger the better. You now have a tray table you can lay down in front of you when you want to rest your arms while using the controller, or have a driving video game and want to place the steering wheel on a flat, stable surface.
Install a surround sound speaker system that runs from the television and gaming system to the chair and immerses you in the gaming experience. Professionally made gaming chairs have speakers built into the chairs and even accessories that make the chair vibrate when something happens in the game. While this is difficult to replicate on a homemade gaming chair and on a smaller budget, the addition of this surround sound will enhance the video gaming chair experience.
Tips and warnings
- Consider adding a footrest to your video game chair set-up, but don't attach it to the chair so that it can be easily removed if needed.
- Make sure the chair you choose can handle the added materials and construction and won't become too heavy on one side and tip over. Chairs that have four feet on the floor, as opposed to chairs with one middle supporting piece, are usually more stable.
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