Some genius has made a guitar out of Ikea furniture and it's fjälkinge great

The IKEA guitar
(Image credit: tchiks guitars)

Guitars can be built from almost anything. Why, just last year a metal fan turned his dead uncle’s skeleton into a guitar, and it's only been a couple of months since a skilled Russian luthier constructed a working guitar out of McDonalds' fries.  

Enter Bisous, a.k.a. Tchiks Guitars, a self-taught woodworker from Brussels, Belgium. Not content with oh-so-predictable instruments made from potatoes or the dead, he's made a working guitar from IKEA furniture.

Skillfully combining parts from TUVA, HENRIKSDAL, LACK, MÅLERÅS, APTILIG, LILANGEN and KALLAX furniture kits, the flat-pack chippy was inspired by Brian May's famous Red Special guitar, famously built by the future Queen guitarist from a fireplace back in 1964.

"In my original design, I was trying to emulate an actual solid body guitar, so I had to find a way to make bent sides, which is not an easy thing to do when all you have is stuff from Ikea," says Bisous. "Another problem I had was that, to my knowledge, the only tone wood that Ikea uses is acacia, which they use in some of their outdoor furniture (and I don't have any of those at home). 

"Anyway, I kept finding excuses not to make the final jump, but the Red Special really opened up my eyes: Brian May taught me that they are no rules, as he demonstrated by making a legendary guitar with a body that is essentially pine and oak.

"The guitar started out as a joke. I remember going upstairs and telling my wife 'I'm gonna make a guitar out of Zoé's old bed'. She rolled her eyes to the ceiling and asked me 'why?'. Then I immediately thought 'This is the way'."

You can watch the video of the IKEA guitar being built below. And hear it, if you stay watching until the end of the clip. 

Fraser Lewry

Online Editor at Louder/Classic Rock magazine since 2014. 38 years in music industry, online for 25. Also bylines for: Metal Hammer, Prog Magazine, The Word Magazine, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Saga, Music365. Former Head of Music at Xfm Radio, A&R at Fiction Records, early blogger, ex-roadie, published author. Once appeared in a Cure video dressed as a cowboy, and thinks any situation can be improved by the introduction of cats. Favourite Serbian trumpeter: Dejan Petrović.