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BILLY Bookcase, birch veneer,

Price $ 79.99
BILLY Bookcase, birch veneer, 31 1/2x11x41 3/4 "
BILLY Bookcase, black-brown, 31 1/2x11x41 3/4 "
BILLY Bookcase, white, 31 1/2x11x41 3/4 "

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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 Number802.797.86

Product details

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.


Gillis Lundgren

  • Different wall materials require different types of fasteners. Use fasteners suitable for the walls in your home.

    2 adjustable shelves included.

    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.

  • Material
    Main parts:
    Particleboard, Paper, Birch veneer, Clear acrylic lacquer
    Fiberboard, 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.
  • 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 Bookcase802.797.86


Width: 31 1/2 "

Depth: 11 "

Height: 41 3/4 "

Max load/shelf: 66 lb

  • BILLYArticle Number802.797.86

    Width: 12 ¼ "

    Height: 5 "

    Length: 42 ½ "

    Weight: 44 lb 0 oz

    Package(s): 1

The Billy BookcaseDeborahThe Billy was so easy to put together and goes together quickly. Looks great in my craft room.5
Used to love billyJennyI’ve used billy shelves for the last 20 years everywhere I’ve lived. The last two tall billy bookcases I bought fell apart within the year in a dramatic fashion. Shelves collapsed and the whole things fell out of square. Now I have a catastrophic pile of things and shelves and leaning frames that I neeed to toss out.3
Best bookcase aroundPhyliciaI've lost count of how many Billy Bookcases I have in my home. They are the best not only for books but for home organization. This isn't my first Billy and it won't be my last..5
Lower End, Highest QualityScottI was hesitant at first upon the purchase. I stopped it the first time and but then placed the order after not finding anything else that I could piece together as i wanted to in order to fit my needs. The quality is much higher than i had expected. The simplicity of the manual and assembly are of the highest quality as well. Kudos to Ikea for taking the time to overpackage a product to ensure no damage. Delivery was a breeze, the gentleman were kind, placed everything where asked and took pics and quietly left.5
Billy BookcaseTHARALIKAGood product for the price you pay. This was the second bookcase I bought from IKEA.5
Need glueomarNeed glue4
Perfectly happy!FrankHappy to add 3 more Billy bookcases to the three I purchased several years ago!5
A nice bookcaseWarnerA simple lightweight bookcase for a very good price.5
Billy book caseJanetteVery happy with this purchase for our granddaughter who had books all over her bedroom. Easy to assemble and hold more than you think!4
Poor qualityJeff S.I bought 10 of these shelves for a library. Price was high for lack of quality. Shelves are sagging after only a month. Very disappointed. I cannot return due to distance from store and lack of warranty.1
Good valueDAVIDBought 19 of them. Easy enough for a 62 year old man to assemble by himself. Construction is sturdy based on simple engineering. On a few of the units there were some nicks in the material but it was always where you couldn't see it.5
Nice finish for inexpensive bookcaseRichardAssembly was easy, although I had to increase the height of the rear notches to clear the base mounding..5
Solid bookshelves for the need.WendySolid bookshelves for the need.5
Best bookcase for the moneyMICHAELNeeded a small bookcase and this was perfect. Easy to transport and assemble. Well made and nice natural birch finish. Looks more expensive than it is.5
Sturdy bookcase!AlishaGreat bookcase for my ever growing book collection!5
Good deal and it’s cute!MariaI needed a little extra closet space and this unit was perfect! It’s narrow enough to fit into small spaces but big enough to store a lot.5
perfectmiai bought three and two of the regular size billy’s and i now have a library wall. it’s exactly what i wanted5
Billie number eleventy zillion is mineGLike the Model T car from Ford -- its black, its functional and economical. Good goin' Ikea!5
Excellent for my kindergarten classroom!lizaExcellent for my kindergarten classroom!5
Great productNoelGreat product5
BILLY Bookcase, birch veneer, 31 1/2x11x41 3/4 "

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 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