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BILLY Bookcase, birch veneer,

Price $ 69.00
BILLY Bookcase, birch veneer, 31 1/2x11x41 3/4 "
BILLY Bookcase, black oak effect, 31 1/2x11x41 3/4 "
BILLY Bookcase, brown walnut effect, 31 1/2x11x41 3/4 "
BILLY Bookcase, dark brown oak effect, 31 1/2x11x41 3/4 "
BILLY Bookcase, oak effect, 31 1/2x11x41 3/4 "
BILLY Bookcase, white, 31 1/2x11x41 3/4 "

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 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


Width: 31 1/2 "

Depth: 11 "

Height: 41 3/4 "

Max load/shelf: 66 lb


It does the job DavidNice bookshelf. The baseboard cutout is too short and doesn’t work in my home, but overall the piece is nice and seems well constructed. 4
Just what I neededLauraI need a couple of inexpensive bookshelves to unload several boxes of books that have been sitting in a spare room for several years, and this fit the bill. Not the most attractive or structurally sound but for the price, it’s the perfect temp fix!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
Great!JoanEasy to assemble, looking good!5
Sturdy, nice-looking bookshelfAeryllWe got this bookshelf to replace an older wire bookshelf that was too tall. This one is the perfect height to mount our TV over in our living room.5
Affordable shelf unitLindaGreat little shelf unit for the money, and simple to assemble.4
Little BillyCindiGreat product for the price4
Love itJenniferBought 4 years ago and when I needed a new bookshelf after my divorce I knew exactly what I wanted!5
Easy to assembleStephanieLight enough for a single person to carry to/from my car. Easy to assemble. Just needed a screwdriver and an Allen wrench, and maybe a hammer (or use the screwdriver to hammer in tack nails). My only issue is that one of the locking plastic pieces broke, but the shelf is sturdy enough to stay together with the 3 remaining pieces.5
A second lovely boocasePeterThis is the second shorter Billy that I have purchased. But of course that just makes it fit different locations and also makes it easier to assemble.5
Easy to assemble, just theBrianneEasy to assemble, just the right size.5
Works exactly as we wanted it toStephenFunctional, standard5
Great book shelf!NicoleSturdy, affordable bookshelf. I own three of these.5
Book 📚 shelf Thanga EswariToo good I love it . Easy fix 4
Billy are a great budget shelfLindaWe have some of these in one of our properties that is 20 years old. Just bought some of these for my little shop. Easy to assemble and a great-looking, sturdy shelf/cabinet. I wish the cutout on the lower rear of the shelf to accommodate the baseboard trim was larger - many homes in the US have larger baseboards than what this product accommodates. I put a 2" board under each shelf to lift it up so the shelf won't sit offset from the wall.5
Great ProductBernardI bought this bookcase for my man-cave. To hold my stereo system.5
Billy is the BestTerryI’ve planned over the past four years, adding to my Billy bookcase collection and the recent price reduction was the perfect time. I love the quality. And I expect, as my space needs change, I’ll be adding more in the future. Thank you!5
Doesn't Ship Well DavidI received the original order with a broken side and then received a subsequent replacement order broken as well. I realize I am purchasing a particle board item, but (1) at least try to protect the item for shipping (2) change your shipping partner (I'm looking at you FedEx) or (3) design sturdier particle board items.1
Love the Billy bookcasesLorrieHave purchased multiple times, and will purchase again. Work great in closets, bedrooms, studios.5
Favorite item of mine!AntjeI've had multiple Billy shelves over the years. They look great, are sturdy and hold a lot of stuff!5
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