BILLY Bookcase, white,

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 Number002.638.50

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.


Gillis Lundgren

Article Number002.638.50
  • 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, Foil, Polypropylene
    Side panel:
    Particleboard, Foil, Melamine foil, Polypropylene
    Plinth front:
    Particleboard, Foil
    Fiberboard, Foil, Paint

    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.This storage has been tested for public use and meet the requirements following standard: EN 16121.
  • By using sawmill leftovers and scrap wood in the particle board in this product, we make use of whole trees and not only the trunks. 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 Bookcase002.638.50


Width: 31 1/2 " (80 cm)

Depth: 11 " (28 cm)

Height: 79 1/2 " (202 cm)

Max load/shelf: 66 lb (30 kg)

  • BILLYArticle Number002.638.50

    Width: 11 ½ " (29 cm)

    Height: 5 " (13 cm)

    Length: 80 ¾ " (205 cm)

    Weight: 77 lb 11 oz (35.25 kg)

    Package(s): 1

Ratings and reviews

Excellent BookcaseLynnExcellent Bookcase5
good product at a goodDOROTHYgood product at a good pricepoint4
Huge increaseLisa S.These were $59 for the longest time and have gone up to $90 now. Talk about huge inflation. Can't justify getting anymore of them. I have 3 already.4
I love Billy bookcasesAnnaI own many Billy book cases with and without doors. I love that I can adjust the shelves to accommodate what I need. I love that I can put heavy books on the shelves with no problem. I like the colour options. I have noticed that the pins that hold the shelves have now a different shape than in the past. I liked the old ones more. I think they were stronger, but you do rigorous tests on your products, so hopefully I am wrong.5
billiesSophieGot what I needed. Made a corner bookshelf using two wider bookcase with a narrower on the corner. It's just to bad it sacrifices a bit of space on the corner. Tricky to make the bookcases line up on carpet though. Otherwise, working out great4
Shoe shelvesMichelleI love these shelves!!! They were easy to put together and they look great!!!5
Bookcase looks nice. Assembly isNORMABookcase looks nice. Assembly is easy.4
Great productSananGreat product5
Works well and is timelessRENATEWorks well and is timeless5
Sturdy with a Simple BeautyLarissaIn total the 3rd Billy we have at home (two in this size and one small). We love it, it's simple in design but also allows you to change it as you please. Also easy to match with other ikea furniture from different lines in the same room or mod it with parts from other lines. It's sturdy and handles the many books we have (we have a lot of them).5
Tall Billy BookcaseKenThis being a tall and wide bookcase works out quite well for putting lots of Stuff on it. Very easy to put together.4
The Best Simple ShelfJenniferPerfect size(s), reasonably priced and easy to assemble and install. I have several in my home some with different combinations. They are very versatile and look polished.5
BillyVanessaPlenty of storage. Clear directions. I like the way the adjustable shelves attach now - more secure than bookshelves I've bought in the past. There was a soft spot on one of the fixed boards which cracked slightly and shows the colour underneath, but once assembled it isn't noticable.5
easy for installation and lookingLam F.easy for installation and looking good.4
Billy BookshelfMarieThis bookshelf is great in size and quality. It would be nice to include 1-2 additional shelves to position closer together for items that don't require too much height.4
Good Product.PrabuIt is easy to assemble and compact in size..I am satisfied.5
Instructions and illustrations topnotch.LAUCHLANInstructions and illustrations topnotch.4
Much improved since I last bought these (in the last century)AMYAlthough I didn't assemble these shelves, I watched the person who did, and I slid the shelves in the units myself. (Woo big achievement, Amy.) Anyway, they're designed more intelligently now and go together with less hassle. Would still prefer a thicker back panel so it doesn't bow under the slightest pressure (from books pushed too far back by accident.)5
wonderfulSandraWe went to Ottawa to make sure of our choice and this is just what we wanted5
A permanent staple in all my homesKristineLove the Billy! There is no better bookcase that can bear the weight of an actual library of books and with so many design combos5
BILLY Bookcase, white, 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.

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What is particleboard?

Particleboard is made from recycled wood and sawmill waste – so wood pieces with the wrong shade, woodchips and sawdust become a valuable resource instead of being discarded. We use boards for things like bookcases, bed frames, sofas and kitchen frames. To protect from wear and moisture, we apply varnish, veneer or foil that adds to the furniture's look. The day your sofa or bed needs replacing, the material in the particleboard can be recycled into something entirely new.

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