BILLYBookcase, white

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 "

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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 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.

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.


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.

  • 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 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


I liked the book caseeleniI liked the book case but would like to have more options on the shelves. Like to add glass shelves as an option.4
goodqunI bought this bookshelf as a shoe rack and it is quite suitable. It can hold many pairs of shoes and I am very satisfied.5
Exactly what I wanted. BoughtKARENExactly what I wanted. Bought extra shelves. Using it for CDs. Only problem is that extra shelves weren’t in when unit was & when they were in the unit wasn’t.5
DecentHopeI like this self, and how you can move the shelves anytime you want. However I feel the quality can be improved, especially the backing of the self (gives it a cheap, cheap look)4
It was easy to assembleJohnIt was easy to assemble and it is very functional.5
Good value, great lookingRaleigh H.Good value, great looking5
I wanted matching bookcases toLisaI wanted matching bookcases to the 2 billies I have. Due to Covid they have been out finally got them in. Quality ok. They look nice and supply huge cookbook collection4
Great product!JessieGreat product!5
A classicParamijitDoes the job!5
Phenom. Buy em. Period.DeannaAn icon. A classic. Yes, the black brown is more expensive but…it’s solid wood vs particle board (white). And, if you CAN swing it? You can beat up the black browns, scratch and gouge them while moving (I even had movers destroy mine to full collapse no thanks to a UHaul Pod - only to still be able to repair them) and you can fill in any marks with a black sharpie and could never tell. The black brown color lasts forever. Make a hole in the wrong place nailing the back on? Again…sharpie. Lol seriously , these cabinets are my staple as a space planner. You will use every inch of space you have to maximize your rooms with these, particularly the 31” wide vs the narrow Billys and especially if you are storing fabric bolts (remove from bolts and store the fabric folded 3 side by side on each shelf), use glass shelves to get even more inches, and get doors to hide your mess and upgrade your look. Sockerbit bins fit perfect on these and also use every inch. Buy height extensions now or later and maximize the vertical space. The key point of these shelves is their depth at less than 11” and all shelves adjust except the middle, so you can truly make it so that there is no wasted space on the shelf for whatever you are storing. If you buy doors, morliden is the cheapest option with the tallest doors. Then if you need extra shelves, you can buy non matching white as they are cheaper and you won’t see them behind your doors, these are things I’ve done over a decade with mine. The corner units are great…but it’s really just the shelf with the v bracket to install them proper. These are classics and no other brand matches the quality and the footprint. Install is easy as pie. Buy extra. They sell out often. IKEA : KEEP MORE IN STOCK, ALLOW MORE FOR DELIVERY. I AM DISABLED , I CANNOT DRIVE, DELIVERY IS THE ONLY OPTION FOR PEOPLE LIKE ME.5
Purchased another years ago HUGE price increaseHThe one I purchased years ago seems to be more sturdy than the one I just purchased. The hardware of installing the shelves changed too. I think knowing what I know now, I would probably opt for purchasing a better made bookshelf out of actual wood. For the cost of this one you could walk into an antique store and get a better made one for less.3
HappymaryIt was what we needed quality was good. only problem was having it in stock in are store5
perfectJoAnneThis looks great in my sewing room for my quilting books and thread.5
Very good quality for anjennVery good quality for an inexpensive price5
Easy assemblyCandaceThe Billy bookcase is a very easy bookcase to assemble & it looks great in my library/office.5
Billy bookshelvesAmiraLove this product. Like most IKEA furniture this one is super easy to assemble. Good quality and looks beautiful!5
An old standardAnnMarieStill the same standard bookcase that works everywhere. Zhuzz it up or keep it plain, it works!5
Perfect for all of sneakers!CANDELARIAPerfect for all of sneakers! Looks sleek and modern.5
Love the bookcase will definitelyHeidiLove the bookcase will definitely be buying more5
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