How much space do I need for a home arcade machine?

Lots of our customer use their arcade machine as a crowning glory to a project they've been working on, like home bar, a man cave or maybe a garden room. So the size of the machines make a big difference to the planning of the space. 

Whether you're reliving your childhood memories or introducing classic games to a new generation, having an arcade machine at home is a fantastic addition to any entertainment space. We get asked regularly how much space do you need for a home arcade machine? Here's a break down to help you out if you are in need of some guidance!

Space for Upright Arcade Machines

First, let's talk about upright arcade machines—the iconic cabinets that transport you back to the golden age of gaming. These machines typically require a bit more room compared to other options, they are a bit more imposing on a room due to the height. Here's what you need to keep in mind:

  1. Physical Dimensions: Our upright arcade machine stands 176cm (almost 6 feet) tall, 67cm (just over 2 feet) wide, and 59cm (2 feet) deep. This means you'll need enough floor space to accommodate both the machine's width and depth. Along with enough room to stand or sit comfortably while playing.

  2. Room Placement: Common locations for upright arcade machines include the "man cave," game room, or even a dedicated arcade room if you're lucky enough to have one. The upright machine is tall and heavy but is designed to fit through a standard internal door opening. Keep that in mind when planning where you want the machine to finally sit.

  3. Power Supply: Having a power source nearby is crucial. Our arcade machines require a standard socket, so make sure your chosen spot is close to one. You don't want to deal with messy extension leads!

Space for Cocktail Table Arcade Machines

Now, let's explore the compact and stylish cocktail table arcade machines. These gems offer a unique gaming experience and often blend seamlessly with various room designs, especially with the various wood colours and graphics packages that we offer. Here's what you need to know:

  1. Dimensions: Cocktail table arcade machines are generally smaller than upright cabinets. Our machines measure around 87cm (just under 3 feet) in height, 56cm (just under 2 feet) in width, and 86cm (just under 3 feet) in depth. These dimensions make the footprint slightly larger than the uprights but as they are much lower the feel less imposing. The dimensions of the coffee table machine are the same except the height it lower at 51cm (just over 1.5 feet) tall.

  2. Room Placement: These machines are incredibly versatile and can be placed in various rooms, including living rooms, home bars, or even bedrooms. Thanks to their design, they can easily serve as a table or additional seating when not in use. There does need to be a little more room around these machines as you have a player sitting at each side of the machine.

  3. Power Accessibility: Just like upright machines, ensure you have a nearby power source for your cocktail table arcade machine. A convenient socket will make your gaming sessions hassle-free. With easy access to switch of the machine when its no longer in use.

Alternative Options

If space is a concern, fear not! Arcade Depot offers alternative options that cater to your gaming needs without taking up much room. Here are a couple of alternatives:

  1. Plug-and-Play Arcade Controllers: These compact devices plug directly into your TV, turning it into an arcade gaming hub. They are perfect for smaller spaces and offer a wide range of classic games.

  2. Tabletop Arcade Machines: Our tabletop arcade machines are designed to be stored away when not in use, making them an ideal choice for those with limited space. They are ready to play with no set up and provide an authentic arcade experience.

In the world of home arcade gaming, space is a factor worth considering. Whether you opt for an upright arcade machine or a more compact cocktail table version, make sure to measure your space carefully, choose a suitable location, and ensure easy access to a power source. And if space remains a concern, Arcade Depot has you covered with plug-and-play options and tabletop machines that deliver nostalgia without the space commitment. Happy gaming! 🕹️👾