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Strong, sturdy bookcase
Bought my first Ikea Billy Bookcase a couple of weeks ago and absolutely love it. Very sturdy and strong. Looks really nice and was easy to put together. I also purchased the glass door to add on. Very happy. Thank you.
Purchased in June 2020 at IKEA for $79.00.
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Good bookcase but extra shelves are useless
Not beautiful but practical. I bought 2 extra shelves for each bookcase, but found that they can't be placed in the proper position because of the door hinges and some missing holes. Now I have 2 shelves in each bookcase that are too low to store my books upright. A missed opportunity.
Purchased in January 2015.
BRILLIANT AND VERSATILE
We have Billy book cases in nearly every room in our house; most are overstuffed with heavy objects, and some date from 1982. None have ever let us down. Any idiot can assemble one, they are that simple. As long as you can read accurately and hold a screwdriver you can't miss. Our out of level floors mean that the doors occasionally don't hang level, but we bought a pack of Ikea's very useful flooring wedges that solve the problem caused by off level floors in no time. We also converted a Billy into a whelping box for our dog, who happily raised seven pups in it. We used cheap Ikea curtain rails for crush bars. The white finish stood up well to nearly 9 weeks of being inhabited by 32 paws with sharp nails - Wow!
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My wife and I decided to test our marriage by going to IKEA in Marsden Park and buying two “Billy” bookcases for our office. We were aided with loading the flat pack bookcases (2) into our car which was a fantastic service we thought. To our surprise not only were the instructions easy to read and understand but everything was included in the box and it even held a couple of spare screws here and there. The material used for the bookcase is your standard particleboard and melamine foil, the sturdiness however, surprised us. To complement the pu...rchase the box also had the wall fastener which made it great to secure and avoid any future issues. We are so happy with our choice we are going back in September for one more bookcase for our office.
I purchased this bookshelf a couple months ago and have started noticing the doors stop closing properly, I have to have at least 4 tries to make the door remain shut!
Other than that, the bookshelf is really practical. It fits a lot of books and other bits and pieces. Also with the glass doors the dust stays out which saves me from cleaning :)
If you are considering buying it, read more about it - it isn't the cheapest option and I am sure there is other shelves out there that function better and are at a similar price.
Large, option with doors, stylish
functionality not so good
This is a low priced bookshelf from Ikea. It comes in a couple of colours and is large enough to hold a lot of books. My main problem with it is that if you read the instructions a certain way, you may think you are putting in the panels in the correct way, but you actually have it backwards. So, make sure you really concentrate and read and understand it completely. However it could just be us, and you could assemble this easily!
We bought this because it was low in price and its large in size. You really have to follow the instructions caref...
Questions & Answers
We’d like to buy an 80cm wide Billy bookcase and add 5 extra shelves to serve as dvd storage. Will we be able to space all the shelves equally for this purpose?
No, you won't. There are no holes for shelves in the area around the hinges (an area of 50 cm, 25 cm under and above the middle shelf) , so you'll end up with 2 high and 2 low shelves. I only found out after I came home with the extra shelves.
That depends on whether you plan to put doors on it or not. The middle shelf is fixed but we put our middle shelf in a different hole to the one IKEA recommend, so there is even spacing all the way. If you plan to put doors on it you need to dodge the hinge areas.
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