BILLY Bookcase, black-brown,

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 Number702.638.42

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

Article Number702.638.42
  • 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, 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.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 Bookcase702.638.42


Width: 31 1/2 "

Depth: 11 "

Height: 41 3/4 "

Max load/shelf: 66 lb

  • BILLYArticle Number702.638.42

    Width: 12 ¼ "

    Height: 5 "

    Length: 42 ½ "

    Weight: 45 lb 3 oz

    Package(s): 1


Billy BookcaseLOUISEBilly Bookcase is very practical. Wanted a different size but this one works even better for location.5
Great product absolutely love it!!!!!JamesGreat product absolutely love it!!!!!5
This book case was EasyCHINUEThis book case was Easy to assemble. It also it’s sturdy and looks great in any room4
Great bookcaseErinI bought several of the three shelf versions, and then I came back to buy one more of the half-sized version. It was a good purchase. The shelf holes are the right spacing, so I can store different-sized books easily, and I can pick up and move the bookcases myself, which is wonderful. It's really great that you can easily buy an extra shelf too.5
Not quite as expectedKarmin J.I purchase the 94” long horizontal Billy bookcase. I was expecting one unit with no extra seems on the top.. instead I received 3units that you build and simply set them next to each other or they can function separately.. overall it still functions.. quality seems decent enough3
Billy Shoe shelvesMargaretI added 3 glass shelves. Perfect for my shoes (sizes 6-7). Four pairs of shoes per shelf. Seven pairs of flip flops per shelf. I could not find glass doors like the Billy Oxberg. I wish they would make them in the size for that Billy Bookcase, birch veneer, 31 1/2 x 11 x 41 3/4 " as it would be lovely to look at shoe collection. I got the Birch veneer to coordinate my Manhattan STUDIO apt. FYI, I can not and am not allowed to nail anything into the wall. The backing was very difficult to fit into the small opening underneath the back of top shelf. I gave 4 star for ease of assembly/installation. Part #119081 is plastic, not metal like they used to provide. Have to be careful with it when using a screwdriver. I broke 2 of them.5
BookcaseDebbieEasy to assemble and sturdy5
Love it!NancyIt’s perfect for the purpose for which I bought it; to store photo albums.5
Perfect, simple bookshelfAllisonGreat, simplistic bookshelf! Nothing fancy to look at but it’s easy to assemble and holds up well to a toddler. Love how affordable it is.5
Works like a charm.LarryEasy to put together and fit right were we had planned.5
Great BookcaseGWINThis was a great little bookcase to store my daughter's book collection. It was easy to put together and looks great in her room!5
Perfect sizeMelanieGreat bookcase. Easy to put together.5
I love this piece. ItRitaI love this piece. It fits into the spot it was needed, and holds so very much5
Perfect fit for a small spaceMorvenWe have loads of Billy's. Bedrooms, den, shelving in the kitchen and dining area. Love them.5
BillyMICHAELJust what I wanted good price5
I have purchased Billy’s numerousCINDYI have purchased Billy’s numerous times and always pleased with their appearance, quality and versatility.5
Love it, keeps stuff neatLisaLove it, keeps stuff neat and close by5
The Best BookcaseKATRINAI love each and every single Billy Bookcase! They are super easy to put together and the adjustable shelves make redecorating easy and fluid.5
Billy ShelvesValerieI have an entire wall of Billy shelves to hold my crafting & sewing supplies - 2 tall and 4 shorter units, all connecting together. It is beautiful and even looks built-in. The quality and price are an excellent.5
Piece of junk don’t waste your moneyAimee S.we got this since the reviews were quite good and needed to replace our sons bookcase but I am pretty shocked at the poor quality of this thing. It is incredibly wobbly even with the wall hanger, so wobbly I assumed I had to of built it wrong somewhere (I didn’t) I took one part off it ripped an entire part very poor quality I can’t believe I spent 75 dollars on it if I could I would immediately return it and get a bookshelf from somewhere else. Also getting the back piece on was nearly impossible genuinely so annoying to put together but if it was fine quality I wouldn’t of cared1
BILLY Bookcase, black-brown, 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.

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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