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BILLY Bookcase, white, 31 1/2x11x79 1/2 "
BILLY Bookcase, white, 31 1/2x11x79 1/2 "
BILLY Bookcase, white, 31 1/2x11x79 1/2 "
BILLY Bookcase, white, 31 1/2x11x79 1/2 "
BILLY Bookcase, white, 31 1/2x11x79 1/2 "
BILLY Bookcase, white, 31 1/2x11x79 1/2 "
BILLY Bookcase, white, 31 1/2x11x79 1/2 "
BILLY Bookcase, white, 31 1/2x11x79 1/2 "
BILLY Bookcase, white, 31 1/2x11x79 1/2 "

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 Number002.638.50

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.

This furniture must be secured to the wall with the enclosed wall anchoring device.

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.


Gillis Lundgren

Article Number002.638.50
  • Main parts:

    Particleboard, Foil, Polypropylene

    Side panel:

    Particleboard, Foil, Melamine foil, Polypropylene

    Plinth front:

    Particleboard, Foil


    Fiberboard, Foil, Paint

    Wipe clean using a damp cloth and a mild cleaner.

    Wipe dry with a clean cloth.

  • By using sawmill leftovers and scrap wood in the particle board in this product, we make use of whole trees and not only the trunks. 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 Bookcase002.638.50


Width: 31 1/2 "

Depth: 11 "

Height: 79 1/2 "

Max load/shelf: 66 lb

    BookcaseArticle Number002.638.50

    Width: 11 ½ "

    Height: 5 "

    Length: 80 ¾ "

    Weight: 77 lb 11 oz

    Package(s): 1


Good, but very poor packagingMichael A.I purchased three Billy bookshelves. Two of the three had sideboards that were cracked right in the center. The package is heavy at both ends, with no support in the center, so it looks like the boards snapped during transit.2
ExcellentLORIThis is an excellent bookcase. Easy assembly and perfect size.5
I moved into an oldKristinI moved into an old house with no storage, these are easy to build and do the job they are intended for.4
Great unitleslieI love this unit. I added it to my closet for shoes and purses. The depth is terrific for a closet.5
Love my billy bookcase!SandraLove my billy bookcase!4
if you need book spaceMichaelif you need book space or any kind of space this is the way to go.5
Great shelfMICHAELI bought yet another Billy bookcase. If you’ll need more than one, buy them at the same time. Better chance of them being identical height5
Really goodZackaryAffordable, has adjustable shelf placements, fun to build. Has a pretty nice width, good for holding all sorts of media!5
Great Value.PamalaGreat Value and a wonderful.5
Always my favoriteBECCAI have several of these shelves in my office and they are fantastic. They hold a good amount of weight and I love that I can secure them to the wall.5
My first Ikea purchaseCatherineThese exceeded expectations. Great value and well constructed.5
Pleased purchaserLindaWe needed new Billy bookcases because we recently moved across country and didn't take our former ones with us due to space in the moving van. So we purchased 7 of the 31 1/2-in. by 79 1/2-in. ones, and one 15 3/4-in. uniat, plus the extensions for all. One unit is white, all others are birch. We got Oxberg half-glass, half wood doors; and are waiting on availability of full-glass doors for one birch unit. Three of our new units are in the hall for displaying family memorabilia; 3 of the wider and the one narrower are in the den to house books, and one of the wider (white, with Oxberg glass doors) is used to display glassware and serving pieces. Billys can be used for many purposes. In the past, we even had them in the garage for storage. We are great fans of Billy bookcases and have recommended them to others!5
great bookcaseCathiSturdy, attractive bookcase. Easy to construct too.5
great bookcase for the money.patgreat bookcase for the money. only problem is the amount of space needed to attach back.4
2021 Billy BookcaseKevinWe've bought Billy bookshelf units several times over the last 30 years; we have 10 Billy bookshelf units in our house. The latest model is almost as good as the last one I bought several years ago. My biggest complaint is that IKEA has started using plastic cam nuts which are prone to fracture; I would like to see them return to the metal parts used in earlier models.4
Easy BreezyRochelleEasy Breezy5
Billy BookcaseFaithSturdy. Fits all the books. Easy to assemble.5
Well designed and sturdyRichardThis is a good looking sturdy bookcase. I love the cutout at the bottom of the back. This allows the case to fit flush to the wall making it extremely stable, especially when secured to the wall with the supplied brackets at the top. The brackets are also exceptionally well designed. All bookcases and large items should be secured this way for safety. I had a former client whose daughter was killed by a large bureau that tipped over when she climbed it just after the family had moved into a new home. She was three years old. It was extremely sad.5
BILLY Bookcase, white, 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.

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What is particleboard?

Particleboard is made from recycled wood and sawmill waste – so wood pieces with the wrong shade, woodchips and sawdust become a valuable resource instead of being discarded. We use boards for things like bookcases, bed frames, sofas and kitchen frames. To protect from wear and moisture, we apply varnish, veneer or foil that adds to the furniture's look. The day your sofa or bed needs replacing, the material in the particleboard can be recycled into something entirely new.

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