For decades I have worked and struggled with creating a semi-decent sim “cockpit”. Mostly this has entailed various computer desks and office chairs along with the usual spread of flight control peripherals - joystick / throttle, yoke, throttle quad, and rudder pedals.
I like sim-flying everything from small GA, through heavy-metal COMAIR to MILAIR from various era…and helicopters. My goal was to create a “sim-area” where I could swap out controls and make minor adjustments to the desk and chair in order to efficiently switch to what ever configuration I needed for the aircraft I wanted to fly.
A challenging goal and one that I never really achieved…until now.
The desk is a very simple IKEA model. The rack holding my PC is a simple steel shelving unit I got a Lowes/Homedepot - it allows all around airflow for cooling. The seat came from a commercial aircraft; purchased on eBay (so if one of you RL pilots find your seat missing someday…sorry?).
I got a heavy duty rubber mat from Lowes that I place the seat and “stands” for the stick/throttle flight controls. Height was important. For the throttle “table” that is 13". For the stick, 14.5" works well - and is the height of a Lowes all-purpose bucket (turned upside down). When I need a bit higher, I can stack two buckets (one inside the other) for a couple more inches. Sitting on the mat, they provide a sturdy base.
The rudder pedals are attached to the floor. The seat can be moved (lifted and reset) but I haver found it much easier to slide the desk to achieve a correct distance (mainly the using yoke controls). When not in use, the control peripherals are stored in nearby shelves…finally have them all in once place.
This is all possible because I have switched to VR. I still have the Cougar MFDs but only for actions that aren’t really HOTAS / throttle quad buttons type functions.
Essentially, once I “climb into the cockpit” in VR, I rarely touch the keyboard. Everything is either HOTAS/Throttle quad controls, MFD buttons or VR controllers. It makes things very simple.