BILLY Bookcase, 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.


Gillis Lundgren

Article Number002.638.50
  • 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.

  • 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

  • BILLYArticle Number002.638.50

    Width: 11 ½ "

    Height: 5 "

    Length: 80 ¾ "

    Weight: 77 lb 11 oz

    Package(s): 1


Wait! Beware!Carla R.Read before buying! I bought probably the 1st batch of the brown-black version that increased prices to $110 and the quality control is not the same! Whenever the “black” was sprayed on, it wasn’t done properly & you can see the specks of MDF beneath the grooves + weird spots that look like it’s never been dusted, except some don’t go away. I compared it with other Ikea furniture from previous years and the difference is noticeable - even in pictures, but there’s not a place to upload them. Also, the instructions are HORRIBLE (I promise I’m not bad at building things.) I would recommend 1. to spend a little more & buy elsewhere and 2. If you do buy this one, do yourself a favor and buy “Black wood contact paper” instead of wasting hours trying to understand/correct their instructions. Then, just use the contact paper to make up for whatever MDF ends are showing. The 2 stars are mostly to give it credit for sturdiness - kind of, the back is basically just thick cardboard paper.2
Good deal consistent qualityALLISONBeen using Billy for years - good quality!!!4
My current go-to for shelves!MarieMy current go-to for shelves! The only "problem" is the demand far outweighs the supply. Thanks again & again, IKEA!!5
Easy to build and looks greatReneGreat bookcase and easy to build that looks AWESOME5
Tall and sturdyNicoleThis bookcase was so easy to put together. This is tall and nice. I may buy more....5
Great storageDarcyThe bookcase hold a lot of items. I love the look of them.5
Very sturdy, looks great!JulieWe have had these in other houses so we knew that they were good quality. My husband has just purchased three more to renovate our pantry!5
Amazing for shoe storage!MaravelIt’s sturdy and good for the price. Looks elegant!5
A classic!AMYThe Billy bookshelves have a classic look. I appreciate how easy they are to assemble, and they look great when filled with all my books :)5
Exactly what I wanted!TatyanaThis bookshelf is out of stock a lot and sells out really quickly when it is in stock. It took over a year before I was finally able to get it, but it’s totally worth waiting for if you don’t wanna spend a ton of money but want a tall, sturdy bookshelf. I love the white color, and it was super easy to put together.5
Great BookcaseWILLIAMThe Billy is a great simple bookcase Simple to assemble and sturdy to hold lots of books5
Adds a lot of spaceHerberAdds a lot of space for storing things5
I have 6 of theseDebbieI have 6 of these in my craft room...great for organizing!!!5
Awesome ProductKarlIt is really solid work. Easier to assemble than I expected and that’s a lot coming from IKEA. Looks great in our home.5
Very sturdyNoelaniWe really like the sturdiness of the Billy Bookcases and do plan on buying more.5
I love it, looks greatLYNETTEI love it, looks great and very sturdy.5
Inexpensive and it fits perfectlyGAILInexpensive and it fits perfectly in the space I planned for it. Finally getting tons of CDs and DVDs out of cartons and into the bookcase. Disclosure: I have put many Ikea pieces together myself but this one was more than I could handle.5
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
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