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BILLY Bookcase, black-brown,

Price £ 55
BILLY Bookcase, black-brown, 80x28x106 cm
BILLY Bookcase, oak veneer, 80x28x106 cm
BILLY Bookcase, white, 80x28x106 cm
BILLY Bookcase, white stained oak veneer, 80x28x106 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 Number702.638.42

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.

    2 adjustable shelves included.

    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.
  • Assembly instructionsBILLY Bookcase702.638.42


Width: 80 cm

Depth: 28 cm

Height: 106 cm

Max. load/shelf: 30 kg

  • BILLYArticle Number702.638.42

    Width: 31 cm

    Height: 13 cm

    Length: 108 cm

    Weight: 20.50 kg

    Package(s): 1

Fine but poorer qualityVerified ReviewerThis is the first time in over ten years I've needed to buy new shelving and have bought the Billy range before. I have shelves that were bought 15+ years ago that still look great. The new batch of product doesn't feel as high a quality as previous purchases. The veneer finish isn't as nice and looks less appealing. There's a price hike when you go from the plain white to a veneer finish. They are fine for what I need them for, but I'm not convinced these will last as long as my older shelves.3
Oak vaneer, quality lackingVerified ReviewerI was a bit disappointed with the quality of the bookcase if I'm honest. It was no where near the quality that it used to be. Nothing major but all the same irritating. Missing bits of vaneer, poorly finished edging and plastic fixings easily broken and the back is far too flexible! It went together reasonable well in 30 minutes and does the job but could have been better.3
Great book caseVerified ReviewerLove this , plenty of space available for books and extra shelves available to buy if required5
Great bookshelfVerified ReviewerEast to assemble, looks great and holds a lot of books5
Reasonable quality. Value for money.Verified ReviewerThe quality is a bit mixed. The side, top and bottom are chipboard covered with a veneer. The oak coloured veneer is of a high quality - it looks really nice. However, the back is just pieces of veneer, sellotaped together. I guess the calculation is that with the bookcase filled with books, you can't see it. It is a bit cheap, though. Strips of veneer chipboard would bring the bookcase up to the quality of a pine bookcase. The construction instructions are clear and easy to follow. The bit that doesn't work is putting the back on the bookcase. The instructions say to do this with the bookcase flat on the floor, where gravity fights you all the way. A better idea is to turn the bookcase upside down so that top is on the carpet - then you can effortlessly slide the back into the groove, and the back is nicely positioned to put the nails in - much easier.4
Looks cheapVerified ReviewerLooks cheap4
Probably the easiest piece ofVerified ReviewerProbably the easiest piece of IKEA furniture I have ever assembled and it look so sleek. Fits well into our space as we love the Nordic style! We actually split it into 2x shelves and 1x based on the space we have in our current rental and I love that you don’t have to commit to such a long furniture piece and can split it if needed! And it can always be added to… an extra shelf here, another Billy unit there! Highly recommend!5
PerfectVerified ReviewerPerfect5
Fits in a small place, holds folders and booksVerified ReviewerThis is a very convenient small bookshelf. It's just deep enough to accommodate folders and A4 books.5
A solid bookcase but colourVerified ReviewerA solid bookcase but colour is uneven/opaque in places.4
Only 3 shelvesVerified ReviewerThis could do with one more shelf - there is a big gap inbetween shelves (depending on what your using for) - I bought for the size of it - just right to put on top of stair box in spare room5
Good quality for priceVerified ReviewerGood quality for price3
Good ValueVerified ReviewerGood Value5
Very pleased with my purchaseVerified ReviewerVery pleased with my purchase5
Very good.Verified ReviewerVery good.4
Good quality bookcaseVerified ReviewerWhat’s not to like about a Billy bookcase. Does exactly what it says on the tin. Easy to assemble. Looks great in any room.5
good valueVerified ReviewerThis is a repeated purchase. Love it.5
the shelves are well madeVerified Reviewerthe shelves are well made and do a very useful job!5
Very goodVerified ReviewerVery good5
Great product at a fantasticVerified ReviewerGreat product at a fantastic price.5
BILLY Bookcase, black-brown, 80x28x106 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)