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BILLY Bookcase, black-brown,

Price $ 140.00
BILLY Bookcase, birch veneer, 31 1/2x11x79 1/2 "
BILLY Bookcase, black-brown, 31 1/2x11x79 1/2 "
BILLY Bookcase, white, 31 1/2x11x79 1/2 "

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It is estimated that every five seconds, one BILLY bookcase is sold somewhere in the world. Pretty impressive considering we launched BILLY in 1979. It’s the booklovers choice that never goes out of style.

Article Number402.638.48

Product details

Adjustable shelves can be arranged according to your needs.

A simple unit can be enough storage for a limited space or the foundation for a larger storage solution if your needs change.

Surface made from natural wood veneer.


Gillis Lundgren

  • Different wall materials require different types of fasteners. Use fasteners suitable for the walls in your home.

    Min. ceiling height required: 80¾".

    1 stationary shelf and 4 adjustable shelves included.

    Can be used with BILLY height extension unit in the same width for added storage vertically.

    May be used with doors; available in different colors and designs.

    May be completed with extra shelves to add storage space.

    Product is possible to recycle or use for energy recovery, if available in your community.

  • Material
    Main parts:
    Particleboard, Ash veneer, Paper, Stain, Clear acrylic lacquer
    Fiberboard, Foil

    Wipe clean using a damp cloth and a mild cleaner.

    Wipe dry with a clean cloth.

  • Warning! To prevent this furniture from tip over it must be secured to the wall with the included wall attachment devices.
  • By using particle board with a slice of wood as top layer instead of solid wood only in this product, we use less wood per product. That way, we take better care of resources.

    We want to have a positive impact on the planet. That is why by 2030, we want all materials in our products to be recycled or renewable, and sourced in responsible ways.

  • Assembly instructionsBILLY Bookcase402.638.48


Width: 31 1/2 " (80 cm)

Depth: 11 " (28 cm)

Height: 79 1/2 " (202 cm)

Max load/shelf: 66 lb (30 kg)

  • BILLYArticle Number402.638.48

    Width: 11 ½ " (29 cm)

    Height: 5 " (13 cm)

    Length: 81 ¼ " (206 cm)

    Weight: 84 lb 5 oz (38.25 kg)

    Package(s): 1

Book shelfMariellaNice5
Does the job of holdDaveDoes the job of hold books. Quick and easy to assemble4
BILLY bookcase is greatDAVIDWe have 4 of these now. They’re built sturdy, easy to put together, and are very durable. Our bookcases are loaded down with books, 3 of them we’ve had for the last ten years, and there’s no bowing in the shelves at all.5
It took a little bitALEXANDRAIt took a little bit longer than expected to assemble and it’s heavy to unbox4
Nice bookshelf. Easy to putLaurenNice bookshelf. Easy to put together.5
Billy works anywhereLeslieThis is our fourth Billy bookshelf and it is perfect for storing DVDs and books in our family room and the black/brown colour matches our IKEA TV stand and storage cabinet.5
Nice, simple bookshelfSabaI really like this bookshelf. Setting up the bookshelf is pretty straight forward and you have a lot of options to customize with the doors, which I really liked. The doors are a bit tricky to install perfectly but the bookshelf itself is very good and the shelves are able to hold quite a bit of stuff5
Perfect for the spaceCARLENEEasy to put together and the price was great for the space we needed filled.5
Love the Billy book case.GemaLove the Billy book case. Very versatile.5
Billy is perfectly fine forABilly is perfectly fine for a bookcase, start of a larger unit.5
Spacy, slick, and practicalMoeinSpacy, slick, and practical5
Love it. It holds allCynthiaLove it. It holds all our books.5
BillyLesliePerfect size for my craft room. Easy to wipe clean. Price was low compared to the high quality of the product.4
good value for the priceBryangood value for the price5
Best bookcases on the market...NigelBest bookcases on the market... versatile and reasonably priced5
Looks great!BonnieI love my tall bookcases. I have looked all over for ones that are tall enough not to leave too big a gap between them and my 9ft ceilings. These are perfect at a price I could afford. I paid someone to assemble them. It took about 6 hours without breaks to put together 4 of them. He had to go to the hardware store to get longer screws or something to secure the shelves to the wall. Said the ones they came with for that purpose were a joke. There are some white marks on the wood veneer that I will need to cover up but you get what you pay for. These are well worth the price.5
Great bookcaseNICOLEI have been wanting to put all my books together for awhile. I finally bought Billy bookcases and they were easy to assemble and look amazing! I am so happy with them!5
Easy to assemble and looks greatEstherThese are outstanding bookcases. Already have four others. Assembly is quick and easy. Thanks for a great product.5
BILLY Bookcase, black-brown, 31 1/2x11x79 1/2 "

Our take on wood

Wood is the material most commonly associated with IKEA furniture, and for good reasons. It’s renewable, recyclable, durable, ages beautifully and it is an important part of our Scandinavian design heritage. At IKEA we believe that sourced in a responsible way, wood is a key change driver for climate mitigation. In 2012, we set a goal that by 2020 our wood would be from more sustainable sources. We are happy to announce that we have reached this goal and today, more than 98% of the wood used for IKEA products is either FSC-certified or recycled.

Forests are critical for life on earth

Forests contribute to maintaining balance in the atmosphere, purify the air that we breathe and are part of the water cycle. They nourish wildlife biodiversity and provide homes for indigenous communities who depend on forests for their livelihoods. 90% of plant and animal species living on the planet need forests to survive. They provide sources of food, fuel, timber and many other ecosystem services that we rely upon. Sourcing approximately 19 million m3 of roundwood per year from some 50 countries, IKEA has a significant impact on the world’s forests and the timber industry and a huge responsibility to positively influence how wood is sourced. Responsible wood sourcing and forest management ensure that the needs of people dependent on forests are met, that businesses can work sustainably, that forest ecosystems are protected and biodiversity is enhanced.

100% wood from more sustainable sources

At IKEA, we work with strict industry standards to promote responsible forestry. We don’t allow any wood in our supply chain from forest areas that are illegal or contain high conservation values or from forest areas with social conflict. Before starting to work with IKEA, suppliers must demonstrate that they meet IKEA critical requirements on wood sourcing. IKEA requires all suppliers to source wood from more sustainable sources (FSC-certified or recycled wood). All suppliers are audited regularly and non-compliant suppliers are required to implement immediate corrective actions. By working together with our suppliers, we are proud to announce that we have reached our more sustainable sources goal, which we set out to achieve by 2020. Today more than 98% of the wood used for IKEA products is either FSC-certified or recycled.

IKEA Forest Positive Agenda for 2030

As pressure on the world’s forests and the surrounding eco-systems increases due to unsustainable agriculture, the expansion of infrastructure and illegal logging, it is time to take an even more holistic approach to protect and support these important resources for generations to come. The IKEA Forest Positive Agenda for 2030 set out to improve forest management, enhance biodiversity, mitigate climate change and support the rights and needs of people who depend on forests across the whole supply chain and drive innovation to use wood in even smarter ways. The agenda focuses on three key areas: • Making responsible forest management the norm across the world. • Halting deforestation and reforesting degraded landscapes. • Driving innovation to use wood in smarter ways by designing all products from the very beginning to be reused, refurbished, remanufactured, and eventually recycled.

We accomplish more by working together

For many years, IKEA has partnered with businesses, governments, social groups and non-governmental organisations to fight forest degradation and deforestation and increase the volume and availability of wood from responsibly managed forests both for our own supply chain and beyond. We are on a journey to improve global forest management and make responsible wood sourcing the industry standard, contributing to building resilient forest landscapes and improve biodiversity.


What is veneer?

A veneer is a thin wooden sheet fixed on things like particleboards to add a durable surface and a natural wood look – so we enjoy the many benefits of wood without using solid wood. The most common veneer types are birch, ash, oak and beech and we’ve made a special UV lacquer that helps preserve the wood's natural structure. A benefit with a slightly thicker veneer is how you can repair and sand the surface if it’s damaged to give furniture a longer and more beautiful life.

Designer thoughts

Designer thoughts

"It was 40 years ago I got the assignment to design a simple, functional and smart storage solution for books. I couldn't have imagined then that BILLY bookcase would wind up in so many homes across the whole world. I remember being especially pleased with the adjustable shelves and the depth of the bookcase - perfect for books. We were also able to transport it in a flat pack - an idea I was actually first to develop. The bookcase is still one of my favorites and I hope it continues to be around for many more years."

Designer Gillis Lundgren