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BILLY Bookcase, white,

Price $ 89.00
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 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

  • 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, Paper foil, Plastic edging
    Side panel:
    Particleboard, Paper foil, Melamine foil, Plastic edging
    Plinth front:
    Particleboard, Paper foil
    Fiberboard, Paint, Paper 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 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


Great BookcaseLynn T.Easy to put together, looks great, arrived quickly5
Simple and sturdyStaceyThere's a little notch in the back so you can sit it flush to the wall without the baseboards getting in the way. Nice little surprise.5
perfect!LindaThis makes the 6th Billy shelf unit in the the house. Two sizes, two colors . . . perfect in each room they are used.5
Love it!AngelinaThis was the easiest piece of IKEA furniture I’ve ever put together. It only took me about an hour. It’s large, relatively lightweight without the additional shelving (easy to move around where you want it before adding them), and overall has a clean look! I will definitely be buying more.5
Great Bookcase. Easy to assemble.LLOYDThis is a great bookcase. It was easy to assemble and the instructions were useful. NOTE. Absolutely anchor bookcases to wall.5
Perfect fit!SUSANWe purchased the narrow Billy bookcase months ago for a small nook and it fit perfectly. Putting it together was so easy that when we needed a larger one, there was no question what we would get. This larger one was a little harder to construct due to the weight, but we are still very happy with the process. And the depth of the shelves is perfect as we did not need all the wasted space of 16” deep shelves!5
Heavy, Chips EasilyMarcyThis bookcase is very heavy, heavier than say a pine bookcase would be. And a wood one would last longer. I had a hard time putting mine together without causing tiny chips on the bottom edges. This was done on a shag rug! Nailing the back down I was off slightly and the nail came through, chipping the shelf. The paper veneer is too fragile. I ended up selling mine on CL because I didn't feel like it would last for very long. It's a very serviceable bookcase, but it's crap.2
Looks good, but quality has droppedRose W.Bring back the old Billy shelves. These are cheap pressed wood and the backing is laminated cardboard!2
Great valuePhyllisBookcase looks very nice. Its a great value for the money. Just wish it was a few inches wider5
Love Billy!ElizabethMy household is a big fan of the Billy Bookshelf. We have 12 in various colors, widths, and heights.5
VHS Tape ShelvesTreyGreat for fitting VHS tapes5
Color discrepancy, but sturdyNICOLEI got one that was almost solid black, and one that was much more brown and variegated. They don't really match, but they work!4
Great price furniture worked perfectlyJeannetteGreat price furniture worked perfectly into my home.5
A classic that just worksJAYMEI love Billy. It just works. It's easy to put together and my old ones made 7 moves. We decided to add more. Back sharpie covers any scratches too.5
Billy does it againLYNNELLThis is the 12th Billy we've added to our condominium association library. It has both form and function and it's a crowd-pleaser.5
I am using this asBarbaraI am using this as a shoe rack so I put the shelves closer together. I wish it came with one or two more shelves.5
Good product, but the storeThomasGood product, but the store didn’t have the color I wanted.4
This is the perfect bookcaseChrisThis is the perfect bookcase for organizing our Granddaughters books & toys! Quality is above other bookcases we looked at. Thank you Ikea!5
Nice bookcaseANTHONYSimple to assemble and simple to use. There are 3 fixed shelves (bottom, top, and mid-tier) that help stabilize and secure the entire unit. If you plan on loading any heavier items, I would use those shelves. The 3 included adjustable shelves are convenient and easy to use.5
Big Display Shelf with A Lot of RoomDanLove this bookshelf. So much room to display my stuff. Took less than an hour to put together. Looks great. We are coming back to get another one.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.


What is particleboard?

Particleboard is made from recycled wood and sawmill leftovers – so wood pieces with the wrong shade, woodchips and sawdust become a resource instead of possibly 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.

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