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BILLY Bookcase, white,

Price £ 50

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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 Number104.019.31

Product details

Adjustable shelves, so you can customise your storage as needed.

A simple unit can be enough storage for a limited space or the foundation for a larger storage solution if your needs change.

Weight & measurements

Shelf, depth: 37 cm

Width: 40 cm

Depth: 40 cm

Height: 202 cm

Max. load/shelf: 42 kg


ExcellentVerified ReviewerKitted out my workroom which now looks amazing and has loads of storage5
Ideal bookcase for small room!Verified ReviewerPrize is very good, same like quantity. Easy to install and for tidy up. Ideal size for small children room and perfect for the books. Strongly recommended.5
QualityVerified ReviewerExcellent5
Billy narrow shelvesVerified ReviewerI used the billy narrow shelves & put a cupboard door on the bottom half. Looks brilliant & very cost effective to change a room giving tons of storage. I bought x 6 tall units & 3 half units. I have 6 tall units with cupboard doors & 3 half units joined at the top covering my radiator.., looks fab5
Great book storageVerified ReviewerIt is great storage, we're using it for my daughters books.5
Billy BookcaseVerified ReviewerBooktastic!!5
BillyVerified ReviewerGreat5
UsefulVerified ReviewerVery useful, clean and simple design.5
These deeper tall Billy bookshelvesVerified ReviewerThese deeper tall Billy bookshelves are easy to assemble. are good value because of the height and storage space, the shelves are study and will hold a lot of weight. I buy a few packs at a time to save on delivery cost. Highly recommend5
Ideal Next To FridgeVerified ReviewerFantastic easy to build and nicely standing next to the fridge with all books inside5
Perfect!Verified ReviewerI was looking for a less wide and higher bookshelf for a small space in a Victorian house with high ceilings. This one is perfect. I would highly recommend it. And buy more in the same Billy range.5
Billy was exactly what iVerified ReviewerBilly was exactly what i wanted to keep my files and books on. I was so pleased, I bought a second one to keep my craft items where they could easily be reached. It was easy to follow the instructions and once fixed to the wall feels very secure. I'm very pleased with my purchase.5
Perfect bookcaseVerified ReviewerGreat price , used ours for displaying my handbags. Easy to put up .5
Good quality shelfVerified ReviewerVery happy with this product. Third time I buy these shelves. Good quality, nice finish.5
Perfect insert for our wardrobe.Verified ReviewerBilly bookcases are so versatile and perfect for many different storage solutions. Excellent value for money.5
Good solid shelvingVerified ReviewerShame this size does not come in the colour I wanted4
Great storageVerified ReviewerGreat storage, good quality for the price. Easy to a assemble.5
Verified ReviewerGreat piece of furniture !!!! Fantastic price!!! Does what it says in the brochure5
PerfectVerified ReviewerDoes what it says on the tin5
Perfect Size!Verified ReviewerWe had a 40cm gap in our bedroom and this fitted perfectly! Great with the KALLAX boxes too!5

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)