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BILLY Bookcase, black-brown,

Price $ 119.00
BILLY Bookcase, birch veneer, 31 1/2x11x79 1/2 "
BILLY Bookcase, black-brown, 31 1/2x11x79 1/2 "
BILLY Bookcase, white, 31 1/2x11x79 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 Number402.638.48

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.

    Min. ceiling height required: 80¾".

    1 stationary shelf and 4 adjustable shelves included.

    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.

  • Material
    Main parts:
    Particleboard, Ash veneer, Paper, Stain, 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.
  • Assembly instructionsBILLY Bookcase402.638.48


Width: 31 1/2 "

Depth: 11 "

Height: 79 1/2 "

Max load/shelf: 66 lb

  • BILLYArticle Number402.638.48

    Width: 11 ½ "

    Height: 5 "

    Length: 81 ¼ "

    Weight: 84 lb 5 oz

    Package(s): 1


Easy to assemble, great price for quality!Krystal C.It took myself twenty five minutes to assemble and anchor this unit to the wall. Instructions are easy to follow, the shelf is light weight for assembly and durable as a shelf. I highly recommend the Billy shelves for their versatility, price, and look!5
Exactly what I was looking forDonna H.Sturdy, strong and lots of space5
Great for booksAdiane A.Nice for what they are5
Just what I neededBertha M.Very nice shelves. Easy to assemble. They look great, just what I needed for my pyrex collection. The delivery company was not so great, they were supposed to be hee from 11-3 didn't show up until after 9 pm.5
A Best-Seller For A Good ReasonSTEPHEN W.It's very easy to see why BILLY is one of IKEA's best-selling products. It's incredibly easy to assemble and will hold up for years. I've even seen bookstores use them. The only downside I've come across with BILLY is the middle shelf is fixed in place on the taller models. For me, this does leave a sizable gap between the second and third shelf, but it will ultimately depend on the size of your books. Holds approximately 49 books per shelf (if you're shelving something like manga), or about 294 with no additional shelves purchased.5
Falling ApartCherie W.The shelves have always been faulty and can fall if I move any of the books on the shelves. Cheap and started falling apart after 3 months.2
BookshelfAna K.Very good!1
A top bookshelf!Mark A.This will be my eighth Billy bookshelf to assemble and I cannot believe how easy they were to assemble. Very sturdy, easy instructions, and the finished product is great! Finished mine off with the Oxberg doors.5
Billy Bookcase - lovely and sturdyDan B.I am very pleased with the look of these black bookshelves. They match our decor beautifully, particularly with the subtle grain. The in-store purchase was easy, and I appreciated the help loading them into the car. I highly recommend them.5
Features good and badLynda L.Unlike some other Ikea items, this is fairly straightforward to assemble despite the lack of description on the directions. Interlocking pieces are not plastic, no longer metal. I don't feel that they are as sturdy as the old ones, but time will tell. Be careful with the boxes (we bought glass doors) because the placement of the parts inside make them challenging to load, carry into the house; they have a seam in the middle and can bend. THESE TIP EASILY due to the heavy glass doors on top. They must be fixed to the wall, but they can fall easily as you attempt to do this. Be sure to have a spotter to hold the unit while you do this final step. I like that these are not very deep, as they hold a lot but do not fill up the room. Sides chip easily. Be sure to factor in your wall space, such as leaving molding, outlets and light switches exposed when measuring for these cabinets. Once attached to the wall, you lose all flexibility. Sides chip easily.3
Office BookcaseManuel V.This item was easy to build took me 30 minutes5
Great product!Jasmine W.Easy to put together and stored my collections very easy! I’ll be getting more shelves in the future!5
Great BookcasePATRICIA P.I am very happy with my new bookcase!5
GreatHeidi K.Looks and works great5
AwesomesauceTonya T.I love Billy bookcases; and this one is just as reliable as always. Easy to assemble alone. Sturdy.5
Billy great tall bookcase.Boyd G.easy to assemble and set up.5
Great productDuy M.Awesome product, waited a long time to get it.5
Billy bookcase works so very wellDella J.I have a home office now and added Billy bookcases. Perfect. Look great. Sturdy. Easy to put together. Not expensive. A good investment for my home office.5
Serves its purposeheidi r.As expected for the pricepoint4
Great bookcaseGina T.Very roomy, adjustable shelves, great storage5
BILLY Bookcase, black-brown, 31 1/2x11x79 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.


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