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.
Shallow shelves help you to use small wall spaces effectively by accommodating small items in a minimum of space.
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.
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.
Basematerial/ Side panel/ Plinth:
Particleboard, Oak veneer, Paper, Clear acrylic lacquer
Fibreboard, Paper 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.
PerfectVerified ReviewerGreat bookcase for a small space. Perfect for what we need.5
Office furnitureVerified ReviewerGreat5
Brilliant itemVerified ReviewerBrillant, used as a book shelf for my daughter.5
A handy little shelf unitVerified ReviewerThis is a small unit and not as deep as most Billy bookcases which made it perfect for a space just inside my living room. The 28cm depth means that it doesn’t get in my way. The unit is very solid and quite heavy and I like the dark finish. With a Bullig basket as a bottom drawer it has great capacity. I bought two to stand next to each other and they have a clean, neat look.5
Purchased for my son toVerified ReviewerPurchased for my son to finish off his study5
I have bought several ofVerified ReviewerI have bought several of these over the years, large and small and loved them all.5
Easy and nice to haveVerified ReviewerEasy and nice to have5
Very pleased with my purchaseVerified ReviewerVery pleased with my purchase5
excellent furniture at very reasonableVerified Reviewerexcellent furniture at very reasonable prices5
Does the job, good valueVerified ReviewerDoes the job, good value for money and easy to assemble5
I was pleased with theVerified ReviewerI was pleased with the product and have reason for complaint.4
Billy unitVerified ReviewerUsed this unit to cut down to fit a space within existing units, worked a treat.5
Great quality furniture..Verified ReviewerGreat quality furniture..5
Perfect for what I neededVerified ReviewerPerfect for what I needed it for good value for only £155
Great as usualVerified ReviewerThis was the 2nd one purchased for my Grandsons room. I have 6 of these (with doors on) around my house. Sturdy and look good. 4 of them are full of books and are over 10 years old and still rock solid. I do wish Ikea had kept making the insert for CD's as they were a great idea.5
Brought for my daughter’s bedroom.Verified ReviewerBrought for my daughter’s bedroom. She is very pleased with it.5
Fantastic value for such aVerified ReviewerFantastic value for such a quality product5
Small bookcaseVerified ReviewerThis is great for small/box rooms where book storage is needed. .
Easy to install.
Perfect for us5
Look more expensive than actually areVerified ReviewerOnly negative is the holes, for anchoring unit to wall, can be seen, easy to paint/cover up5
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.
"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."