BILLY Bookcase, birch veneer,

BILLY Bookcase, birch veneer, 15 3/4x11x79 1/2 "
BILLY Bookcase, black-brown, 15 3/4x11x79 1/2 "
BILLY Bookcase, white, 15 3/4x11x79 1/2 "

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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 Number302.797.84

Product details

Narrow shelves help you use small wall spaces effectively by accommodating small items in a minimum of space.

Adjustable shelves can be arranged 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 fasteners. Use fasteners suitable for the walls in your home.

Min. ceiling height required: 80¾".

1 stationary shelf and 4 adjustable shelves included.

May be used with BILLY corner hardware to form a stable corner unit.

Can be used with BILLY height extension unit in the same width for added storage vertically.

May be used with doors; available in different colors 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.


Gillis Lundgren

Article Number302.797.84
  • Main parts/ Side panel/ Plinth:

    Particleboard, Paper, Birch veneer, Clear acrylic lacquer


    Fiberboard, Paper foil

    Wipe clean using a damp cloth and 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.This storage has been tested for public use and meet the requirements following standard: EN 16121.
  • By using particle board with a slice of wood as top layer instead of only solid wood 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 Bookcase302.797.84


Width: 15 3/4 "

Depth: 11 "

Height: 79 1/2 "

Max load/shelf: 31 lb

    BookcaseArticle Number302.797.84

    Width: 15 "

    Height: 2 ½ "

    Length: 81 ½ "

    Weight: 54 lb 8 oz

    Package(s): 1


Billy ShelfCeliaHave purchased 3 altogether, perfect for my books, craft supplies, keeping me organized. Very attractive too.5
Love ikeaLauraUsing this to hold my cookbooks and dog treats in my kitchen. Tucks right away.5
Safes space in my roomMagdaSafes space in my room5
Color variesNANI recently bought one Billy which was the only one in stock. A few weeks later, more were available and I bout two more to complete the trio of bookcases I had planned. Unfortunately, the first bookcase is not the same shade white as the other two (it has a gray-tone to it and not as bright white as the others). Production isn’t consistent. I used them all anyway.3
Loooovvvveeee!JenniferThis shelf is everything! I used it as part of my set up for my cloffice! It really is one of the best piecses from IKEA.5
I like the white products better, at lower cost.GaryI also bought a bunch of white Kallas shelving…if the white surface and appearance of the white Kallax products is indicative, I wish I had been more patient and waited for the white Billy to get restocked.3
Narrow BillyDANAI love these units. They really fill the void and fit very well in my home office. My only concern is that the shelving holes on the newer units is smaller than the older ones and have to be drilled larger if you need to use the older brackets. Otherwise, I am very happy with my purchases.4
BathroomMERCEDESI saw on YouTube of how to use Billy in closets. I installed in the bathroom closet. I filled it with towels, put decorating plates that fit the width where I put cosmetics, body creams and shampoos. It looks very organized and neat.5
Best bookcasesALISONThese are the absolute best bookcases you can get for the price. They look great, are easy to assemble, and mount to the wall for safety.5
CookbooksSUSANThis was the perfect bookcase for my kitchen to have my cookbooks close at hand!!5
Billy y’all bookcaseYvonneFits perfectly in my tiny house ( but higher ceiling) bedroom5
EasyJoanneThe bookcases were easy to put together and look very nice next to the TV stand.5
Love the Billy!CamiLove the Billy!5
Solid well made shelf unitWilliamThe birch veneer Billy shelf unit is a good value and a very nice looking cabinet. If you have basic handyperson skills this will be a relatively easy install. As a expert carpenter, this was very easy to assemble and install to the wall. If you don’t have skills with tools, I recommend hiring someone to assemble and install. Highly recommend.5
BillyNathalie A.Love it!5
Building a book wallSaraPerfect companion for our glass doored Billy cabinets.5
Worked great in our closet.MichelleWorked great in our closet.5
Great bookshelfLAWONNAThis is a great bookshelf. It fits perfectly in a small space. It wasn't that hard to put together. I love it!5
This is perfect in myMichelleThis is perfect in my craft space!5
Billy bookcaseLAURELBought it for daughter, she has 3 of the full width and wanted the smaller one to finish the look she was going for. She loved it5
BILLY Bookcase, birch veneer, 15 3/4x11x79 1/2 "

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.

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What is veneer?

A veneer is a thin wooden sheet attached to things like particleboard 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

"It was 40 years ago I got the assignment to design a simple, functional and smart storage solution for books. I couldn't have imagined then that BILLY bookcase would wind up in so many homes across the whole 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 still one of my favorites and I hope it continues to be around for many more years."

Designer Gillis Lundgren