Build an Arcade Cabinet – The Ultimate Guide

Last Updated on by William J. Lopez

In this article, we will tell you the process of building an arcade cabinet. Arcade cabinets have been popular for a while, and they are not going out of style anytime soon! To make it, all you need is some woodworking skills and tools. You can also purchase a pre-made cabinet from an online store. After reading this guide, we hope that you decide to create your custom arcade cabinet!

How to make an arcade machine?

  • buy some wood (you will need to measure out the size of your cabinet so that you know how much lumber you’ll need)
  • use a table saw and miter box to cut boards into lengths
  • and start assembling arcade components onto frames with glue, nails, or screws. You can also try using construction adhesive if your budget is tight. Build a control panel that the player can use. You will need buttons, joysticks, and maybe even a trackball or spinner
  • to attach the pieces of your arcade machine (you’ll likely have smaller frames for the marquee)
  • you might want to paint your cabinet so that it looks good before you put it in your living room
  • you can also add lights inside or outside of the cabinet to light up the screen and make it look cool!


DIY Arcade Machine

  • find a cabinet that you like
  • measure it and build your own from scratch by using lumber, nails, or screws
  • paint the outside of the machine with some spray paint to make it look nice
  • buy arcade parts because they are expensive otherwise. You can get them on eBay or Amazon for not too much money.


More ideas to build home arcade systems

You can also find cabinets at garage sales, flea markets, or auctions. Sometimes these are in excellent condition, so make sure to inspect them before purchasing! Also, buy arcade parts such as joysticks and other required stuff from online stores or used machines.


How do you make an arcade RetroPie cabinet?

  • Build a cabinet that is the right size and shape
  • to create a control panel with joysticks, buttons, etc.
  • buy an LCD screen or find one on eBay for cheap (you will need to measure it, so the edges are flush against your arcade components)
  • install RetroPie or any other interface of your choice so that you can build an arcade cabinet.
  • you can also build an arcade cabinet raspberry pi


Can you buy arcade machines?

Several companies sell arcade machines if you don’t want to build your own. KLOV’s list of manufacturers and distributors for arcade machines is the best place to start. Their company listings will give you the names and addresses of these vendors.

You can get a new or used cabinet and have it delivered right to your door – ready for you to plug in and play. Some different arcade cabinets are available on sites like eBay and Amazon, all from reputable sellers.


Can you rent arcade machines?

You can also rent arcade machines. Many game rental companies will provide you with a machine for the duration of your event or party.


How do arcade machines work?

Arcade machines work by having a computer inside the cabinet running some game, usually an arcade video game. This machine will take your money and start playing when you insert coins or tokens into it.



Now that you know how to build an arcade cabinet, it’s time for action. The best thing about these cabinets is that they can be made in any color and shape imaginable – so get creative!

Start building your arcade cabinet today by following the steps we outlined above, and let us know what you think of our guide. We hope this article has given you a solid understanding of how to create your very own Arcade Cabinet from scratch! Have fun with it, but remember not to take too much time, or else the project will never get done. 😉