Im designing a long desk with a section that has hidden working space underneath. There will be an space (like a drawer) then you can remove the desk surface and access the space underneath. There I can do my electronics work and when people is visiting I put the cover back in place and the desk look like a tidy desk.
The desk is in the main room (open concept house) and is against the back of the sofa, so no wall around the desk. The desk itself is rather long (L shaped with 2.5+m in the long side) but I don't need the whole surface to have hidden space.
Main source of inspiration are board gaming tables like this one: CoveredBoardGame
Approaches I came with so far are :
Removable top lid, like in the boardgame: A removable cover that you take away and put "somewhere". Not acceptable by my wife :)
Hinged cover: the cover will be too big and there is no wall to lean it against so... It will need to stay in the air.. not realistic.
Sliding mechanism that allow the cover to slide between the desk and the sofa. Sounds cool but sounds also hard to put back and forth. Not sure
Mechanism to slide the cover under the remaining part of the desk. To me looks like the better approach.. But construction will be "funny".
Does anyone has another idea? Have you ever seen something similar ??