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BILLY Bookcase, white,

Price £ 55
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

How to get it

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; 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.


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, Paper foil, Plastic edging
    Side panel:
    Particleboard, Paper foil, Melamine foil, Plastic edging
    Plinth front:
    Particleboard, Paper foil
    Fibreboard, Paint, 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.
  • Assembly instructionsBILLY Bookcase002.638.50


Width: 80 cm

Depth: 28 cm

Height: 202 cm

Max. load/shelf: 30 kg

  • BILLYArticle Number002.638.50

    Width: 29 cm

    Height: 13 cm

    Length: 205 cm

    Weight: 35.25 kg

    Package(s): 1


Reliable as alwaysVerified ReviewerI had one 30 years ago and I still think it’s a great bookcase. Easy to put together on my own and does the job perfectly. And still great value :)5
BillyVerified ReviewerAlways reliable product.5
Max. load/shelf: 30 kg for a bookcase is a jokeVerified ReviewerI bought 2x of those for my books and magazines. After a month all of the shelves started bending inwards. IKEA advertises the product with fully loaded shelves and calls it a bookcase but it is simply not suitable for books storage. Shame and pity, no support from customer services as well.1
GoodVerified ReviewerI'm happy with the product, I have plenty of space for books. I'm worried about formaldehyde because I heard that it can be in particle board and someone in my family had a headache, feeling sick but I don't know whenever that's caused by something else.3
Discrete and StylishVerified ReviewerLooks good when shelves are filled.5
Fits perfectly in our spaceVerified ReviewerFits perfectly in our space sturdy piece of furniture5
Great productVerified ReviewerAs always great quality and easy to put together5
Just one issueVerified ReviewerIssue is not with the bookcase itself but with the details in the description. I can't find anywhere that details maximum weight you can put on the shelves. I have the 80 cm bookcase and I'm disappointed that I may not be able to put all my books in it. Does anyone know what weight is recomended?4
ExcellentVerified ReviewerEasy to put together and looks amazing in place5
Billy is goodVerified ReviewerBigger than expected but good and solid5
Quality not so good anymoreVerified ReviewerI bought 5 of these recently after having others for years. There's a noticeable reduction in quality, sadly. Pieces not fitting completely tight or square. Very noticeable 'fold' lines in the back panels that are unfixable and have spoiled the look completely. I would've returned them but it was too late we were mid-way through building them into a frame for s ceiling to floor book case. And who needs the hassle and expense? Really, really disappointed after years of great service from previous Billy book cases.2
Billy bookcaseVerified ReviewerThe Billy bookcase was a reasonable price,very sturdy and easy to put looks great in the room and is big enough to store loads ! Happy with my purchase.5
GoodVerified ReviewerGood4
Lego masterVerified ReviewerNeeded more Lego storage this was perfect5
Bookcase for kids bedroomVerified ReviewerLooks great in the kids bedroom. Love the ability to change the position of the shelves5
Good bookcase - easy to put upVerified ReviewerThis is the 3rd Billy I have bought All was ok except one of the plastic fittings broke and there were no spares Luckily I had a spare metal fitting from the previous purchases Looks like IKEA have cheapened the product by introducing plastic fittings - not a good move !4
SturdyVerified ReviewerEasy to assemble, good value5
We have purchased Billy bookcasesVerified ReviewerWe have purchased Billy bookcases previously , and they still don’t disappoint . Love the black doors an additional bit of style .5
Pantry makeoverVerified ReviewerPerfect for my pantry looks really good5
Build quality excellentVerified ReviewerBuild quality excellent5
BILLY Bookcase, white, 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 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

"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)