Inspired by a few notablehacks of this kind over the years, I spent 10 months taking a used Ikea Ramvik coffee table and making it into the functioning arcade table of my dreams. I know this has been done many times before and with tables of all shapes and sizes but the items that set mine apart apart are:
1) I added mechanisms that allow the table top to rise up and lock into position. This allows access to the insides and also provides a convenient way for to eat in front of the TV!
2) The power cord is retractable! I know my wife especially loves this since it means that unattractive gray cable does stick out like a sore thumb and always threaten to trip everyone up
3) I have an external power outlet installed underneath the TV for plugging in other devices including USB devices
Jules Yap started IKEAHackers.net in 2006 as a personal blog to showcase the most impressive IKEA hacks from all over the world. Since then, she has learned a lot more about power tools and DIY. Her site has helped thousands modify IKEA furniture with step-by-step tutorials, craft projects and home styling.