Spirited from @Troll’s ever so amazing Simbox (and also having, ahem, domestic factors of similar ilk), I’ve been half-heartedly drafting up sketches of a foldaway simpit for the home office.
There’s a wee corner in the office, which currently houses a small bookshelf. There’s a built-in wardrobe on the other side of the wall, which creates a “nook” 1000mm wide by 600mm deep:
(sorry about the mess)
I’m currently trying to come up with a feasible plan for the space, and something like this comes to mind:
Basically I’m thinking about an aluminium extrusion frame with veneered MDF “cladding” to make the item “furniture-like” when folded away.
The dimensions in terms of width seem to work - I can have just under 300mm in width on the right side for a mid-tower and 700mm for the cavity that houses the cockpit itself, i.e. pedals and a seat with HOTAS that pulls out when in use. You should just be able to fit a 32" screen under the folding lid - otherwise if that gets too complicated, I can always just wall-mount the screen, that wouldn’t be too bad visually.
The biggest challenge is the depth for the seating position. I only have 600mm of depth to play with - @troll’s setup is 1500mm long, however my Crosswinds move horizontally i.e. your sitting position is more upright, so I probably need a little less. I’ll need to do some more measuring to see if the concept is feasible. Ideally you’d pull out the seat assembly and have some adjustable slots to lock it in to the rest of the pit so you can push the pedals without pushing the seat back.
The seat base could look something like this:
Aluminium extrusion base with a bit of extrusion sticking out at the front to set up the HOTAS (initially a TMWH base with an extension, later down the line one of the higher-end bases, probably). The cavity should have enough space on the side to put a plate for the throttle on the left side and a small mouse pad on the right side.
Anyway, early days but I figured I might as well start recording this here and get your valuable thoughts!