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BILLY Bookcase, white,

Price $ 90.00
BILLY Bookcase, birch veneer, 31 1/2x11x79 1/2 "
BILLY Bookcase, black oak effect, 31 1/2x11x79 1/2 "
BILLY Bookcase, black-blue, 31 1/2x11x79 1/2 "
BILLY Bookcase, brown walnut effect, 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


Width: 80 cm (31 1/2 ")

Depth: 28 cm (11 ")

Height: 202 cm (79 1/2 ")

Max load/shelf: 30 kg (66 lb)

Ratings and reviews

My first IKEA bookshelfSerhiiI chose to buy a bookcase from IKEA because of its walnut finish, shelf weight-bearing, and inexpensive cost. The room appears to be exceptionally cozy with walnut color shelving. During assembly, I put one of these panels over a door handle and was a little disappointed to see a long, nonremovable scrape on the freshly unpacked side panels. Such an inferior surface quality surprised me. Also, the side panel cutout is too small for Canada's normal floor baseboard size. The plastic hardware that was included was fine. It is important to know that once installed, IKEA furniture cannot be disassembled, and in my experience, the plastic hardware does not come loose over time. I love the way these shelves appear, better than in IKEA's website photos. I really wish IKEA would carry more walnut-colored furniture because my children and I adore it.5
Great qualityHazelWorks for what I needed. I look be the versatility that you could adjust and add shelvings. A space saver!5
Billy the crafters helper.IAliceI like the Billy bookcase. Was pretty easy to build and holds lots of my crafting items.4
Good book shelf YunDelivery is smooth and this book shelf is easy to Assemble.5
Bookshelf MahmoudVery good and reliable product 5
Billy bookcase TeresaA great bookcase for a reasonable price. 5
Billy bookcaseTaraAwesome 5
Amazing productDan Kristian PenalosaThe instruction is clear even without a full text. It's easy to build but you have to ask help from someone because of the size of the materials.5
Simple and Functional JacquesEasy to assemble. 5
Great product KellyWorks well. Gotta love IKEA. 5
Easy put together PeggieWas very easy to put together and sturdy too.5
A beloved standard for a reason!SaraCan't go wrong with a Billy bookcase! We already had three in another room, so getting another one for our new nursery was an easy decision4
Affordable,durable and elegant WarnakulasuriyaElegant and simple design 5
PracticalYury APractical. Easy to move. Visually appealing. 5
Perfect for the spaceCarleneEasy to put together and the price was great for the space we needed filled.5
Good productBebeHappy with purchase5
Billy, a Classic WorkhorseHeatherI’ve been happily using these for 30 years. I’ve moved them a number of times and had them in all different rooms, sizes and arrangements. Some were trimmed out to look built in. I’ve replaced stained shelves and ones that bowed from being severely overloaded with books, but otherwise they hold up well. I still have a couple that are actually 30 years old. I recently bought a new one and I’m happy to notice that the new shelves are a little thicker. I bought a few extra shelves to replace others—they weren’t supposed to fit older frames but the dimensions were the same so I gave it a try and found I just needed to adapt the new pin style with a bit of tape. Obviously Ikea can’t suggest that! Anyway, I think they’re a great buy.5
Great stuffDavidGreat stuff5
I have a total ofNadineI have a total of 12 billy bookcases and they serve their purpose very well.5
Billy bookcaseSandraVery satisfied! Purchased many in the past. Great for extra storage!5
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.


What is particleboard?

Particleboard is made from recycled wood and sawmill leftovers – so wood pieces with the wrong shade, woodchips and sawdust become a resource instead of possibly 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.

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