Racing sim cockpit stores inside an ottoman

[Lyscho] built a racing simulator cockpit based on a PVC frame but it took up a lot of space when not in use. His second generation is built inside the frame of an ottoman, meaning it can be stored right under your feet.

The pedals are fixed in place, with some padding below to rest your heels on. The cockpit chair and steering wheel are both adjustable to suit different drivers. They use a routed groove along with wing nuts and bolts, making it easy to slide them for adjustments. The ottoman itself is [Lyscho's] own creation, which just needs power and USB when in use, and has a padded top when not in use.

If you can’t use a real car as the simulator this is fantastic alternative.

[via Make]


  1. fartface says:

    Not wireless?


    get wireless power in there!

  2. jayson says:

    This reminds me of this force feedback version.

  3. John O says:

    Stickshift on left side?

  4. lwatcdr says:

    @John O Well all the dimensions are in metric so odds are the builder is from the UK, Australia, New Zealand , Ireland or any other former English colony except the US or Canada. I could be wrong but that would explane it.
    Or he is a big fan of the MG TC!

  5. Jentulman says:

    He says he’s an Aussie in a posting further down the page which is why he’s got the gearstick on the ‘right’ side :D

    I’ve been staring at the box my wheel is in for 2 weeks wondering how best to set it up, and this has got me fired up again. Shame the room isn’t large enough to fit the additional ottoman in.

  6. mungewell says:

    Cool hack, been thinking about making a cockpit and this might be just the thing.

    As a bit of self pimping; working hard on speed-dreams (GPL racing sim for Linux/Windows), hopefully release 2.0 will be out before end of year.

  7. Eirinn says:

    @John or just about any other country than the US.

  8. M4CGYV3R says:

    That’s not a bad idea for my flight sim controls. I used to use some heavy cardboard for the panels but I’m liking wood for this.

  9. Mechaman says:

    “Though originally most traffic drove on the left worldwide, today about 66.1% of the world’s people live in right-hand traffic countries and 33.9% in left-hand traffic countries. About 72% of the world’s total road distance carries traffic on the right, and 28% on the left.” –Wikipedia

    So even a quick search yields that it is the worng way, well… the least common way of driving. Most of the world population is also right handed. If you’re right handed, why would you want to gear-shift with your un-coordinated hand?

  10. KantPredict says:

    @Mechaman Maybe you’d want to be steering with your ‘stronger’ hand while you change gear to retain control of the car more easily.

  11. lwatcdr says:

    @mechman frankly shifting gears with your left hand isn’t hard. I have lived I am from the states and have driven in Ireland. The gear shift is no problem. The rear view mirror was hell. It was very hard to get used to looking up and the left.

    The one thing that I wouldn’t like about it is that I would feel like I was sitting in a coffin but that is just me.
    I would rather have a reversible top but that would be another hack.

  12. MrThayer says:

    I find the coffin comment funny because many purpose-built race cars are basically metal tubes with a minimum of padding built-in. An auto body is a waste of weight!

  13. strider_mt2k says:

    You realize we’re all just trying to get back to playing in the refrigerator box again, don’t you?


  14. walt says:

    good effin idea! nice work!

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