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BILLY Bookcase, birch veneer,

Price $ 198.00
BILLY Bookcase, birch veneer, 63x11x79 1/2 "
BILLY Bookcase, white, 63x11x79 1/2 "

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 Number290.234.02

Product details

Adjustable shelves can be arranged according to your needs.

Surface made from natural wood veneer.


Gillis Lundgren


Width: 63 "

Depth: 11 "

Height: 79 1/2 "

Max load/shelf: 66 lb


Low qualityKerriVery low quality. Paper covering peels easily and the press board is flimsy.3
These Shelves Are Outstanding!LighthouseWe have a sewing ministry at our church and the ladies just love these open shelves because they can store all their different fabrics and be able to see them at a glance from where they are sitting when they are sewing their different projects. These shelves are very helpful for organization. We have already ordered 20 shelves and will be ordering more! We would absolutely recommend these shelves to anyone needing a strong and durable storage solution. The pice cannot be beat by anyone.5
Great valued storage for slim spacesStevenWe bought 3 of these and placed them side-by-side in a craft room. My wife and I were able to put all 3 together in less than 2 hours. The shelves are an odd shape by American standards, so we weren't able to find any tubs that would fit, so we made 18 shelves (29" wide x 10" deep x 10" tall) for less than $15 per drawer using materials we bought from Lowes plus some contact paper. I wish I could post pictures here. They turned out quite nice and sturdy enough to hold about 20 lbs of contents. Sorry to digress on the drawers, but that was the only challenge. The Billy cabinet was extremely simple to put together. I do advise that you take pieces upstairs to put together instead of the whole box if stairs are involved.5
I used 2 of theseBrittaI used 2 of these for shelves in my daughter closet. Put hanging rods in between and it worked perfect!5
Great BookcasesAmandaI got myself 4. Easy to assemble. Look great.5
Just what we neededJodiSturdy and pretty shelves for a steal! Perfect for a guest bedroom or game room.5
Love the shelves but dreading assembling them.PeterI'm looking forward to using the shelves. I was startled by the heavy box weight.5
Installed wall to wallTaraI got good at assembly, building 4 and customizing one to fit in our space. The little plastic screws need to be more robust, but everything else was great.5
Love my Billy bookshelfsKennedyFantastic product and easy to put together. My books never looked better!5
Great quality for an amazing price!StephanieWe ordered 2 Billy bookcases and are in love with them. The first one was slightly confusing to put together at times. The 2nd one was a breeze. Would happily buy more if needed in the future.5
Good on Paper not in Real LifeLeicleThe product looked good on the pages of IKEA and, when put together, was shakey and cheap. The entire system is made of particle board, and after a week of setup at a convention, it was an unsafe and throw-away item. We had purchased eight of these for our venue, and they held throughout the week but did not make it past the breakdown and repacking stage as the particle board was falling apart.2
So versatileColetteLove the Billy bookcase. Put doors on these and they look great in my Family Room5
IKEA tricked meGeorginaIt looks like it’s one large unit, but when you receive it, it’s just two individual bookcases instead of one larger unit. And it’s actually more expensive than buying them individually!!!!! 3
Count on Billy!CindyCan always depend on sturdy, shelving units from the Billy line. Fits our needs well, easy to assemble, nice fit in the space. Can’t beat the pricing. If you can find shelving similar in price it’s definitely not as sturdy. Comparable quality runs closer to $300 a bookcase. With the savings that leaves more in my budget for other decor. Thanks IKEA!5
Love This Classic BookshelfCandaceI love the versatility of this shelf, as well as the add-ons and different size options! Have bought multiple times!5
Great valueCarolFor a tight budget you can’t do better than a Billy bookcase. If you’re crafty you can add trim to make it fancy5
Never lets me downKarenI've bought more shelves from Ikea than I can count! I love books and I have 2 homes, a big She Shed and my husband has a work shop. We've filled the walls with shelves and every single set that has been delivered are perfect, arrive on time, and last forever. I wouldn't go anywhere else5
Billy ShelvesAnnThe Billy shelves were uncomplicated and easy to assemble. They are sturdy and attractive and the shelves hold weight without sagging. I would definitely recommend them.5
Wonderful Storage!SandraWe recently moved and were used to having a basement for storage. Yes, we will still need to get rid of some stuff...but these shelves have been wonderful. We bought the bins to go on the shelves and have two shelves in the bedroom and two in the kitchen. For the price, these were one of our best purchases at IKEA so far! 5
Very Good!BruceIt's is what I expected. I would have like a more substantial back, but it will probably function fine. It looks great, really makes the room.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 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.