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BILLY Bookcase, black-brown,

Price £ 75
BILLY Bookcase, black-brown, 80x28x202 cm
BILLY Bookcase, oak veneer, 80x28x202 cm
BILLY Bookcase, white, 80x28x202 cm
BILLY Bookcase, white stained oak veneer, 80x28x202 cm

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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; adapt space between shelves 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 fixing devices. Use fixing devices suitable for the walls in your home, sold separately.

    Min. ceiling height required: 205 cm.

    1 fixed shelf and 4 adjustable shelves included.

    May be completed with BILLY height extension unit in the same width for added storage vertically.

    May be completed with doors; available in different colours 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
    Particleboard, Ash veneer, Paper, Stain, Clear acrylic lacquer
    Fibreboard, Foil

    Wipe clean with a cloth dampened in 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: 80 cm

Depth: 28 cm

Height: 202 cm

Max. load/shelf: 30 kg

  • BILLYArticle Number402.638.48

    Width: 29 cm

    Height: 13 cm

    Length: 206 cm

    Weight: 38.25 kg

    Package(s): 1

Billy book caseVerified ReviewerI a billy book case years ago and decided to get another one, reliable and perfect fit5
Good valueVerified ReviewerGood value5
Easy to assemble - great lookVerified ReviewerThe Billy bookcase is very easy to assemble (to be fair I have quite a bit of experience with IKEA furniture). It looks great as a shelf in the living room and allows for great storage.5
Easy to build bookcase.Verified ReviewerThis bookcase holds a lot of books. It's very useful being able to adjust the space between the shelves so that books of various sizes can be stored. Excellent and inexpensive.5
Excellent BookcaseVerified ReviewerWell made, easy to assemble, sturdy and strong.5
Added to some existing BillyVerified ReviewerAdded to some existing Billy units they are fab5
Billy BookcaseVerified ReviewerPerfect for displaying Lego cars etc.5
BookcaseVerified ReviewerGreat unit at a reasonable price5
Very good bookshelf, easy toVerified ReviewerVery good bookshelf, easy to put together. simple to use.4
Exactly as stated on theVerified ReviewerExactly as stated on the box!we have the half glass half wood doors5
Solid and reliableVerified ReviewerA solid and reliable set of shelves, easy to assemble (save the back panel - which has sa mind if it’s own! ;) )5
Good qualityVerified ReviewerVery impressed with Billy. Quite easy to put together. Good quality. Everything fits together well5
Good value, as usualVerified ReviewerI've had several of these Billy bookcases before, and they are always easy to assembly, look good, and work well5
Great designVerified ReviewerGreat design5
stylishVerified Reviewerreally love my bookshelf. I really liked that there were multiple options of height and width of the BILLY bookcase. also you can put the shelves out evenly or spaced them out depending on book size. overall really like it.5
Very good 👍Verified ReviewerVery good 👍5
excellentVerified Reviewerexcellent5
Billy Bookcase foreverVerified ReviewerSo practical and sturdy. easy to build. stable when standing. fits in to room perfectly. very happy with it5
Very good, i was ableVerified ReviewerVery good, i was able to assemble and move up stairs by myself which was great.5
brillVerified Reviewerbrill5
BILLY Bookcase, black-brown, 80x28x202 cm

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 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

"When I got the assignment to design a simple, functional and smart storage for books, I couldn’t have imagined that BILLY bookcase would wind up in so many homes across the 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 one of my favourites and I hope it will be around for many more years."

Designer Gillis Lundgren (1929-2016)