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Well priced, not great quality
Ikea Billy Bookcases
Member Name: numlock08
Ikea Billy Bookcases
Advantages: Easy to assemble, cheap
Disadvantages: Wood isn't very strong
This is a one of the most inexpensive bookcases I have been able to find and I think you'd be hard pressed to find one much cheaper. Aside from the low price, the great thing about this bookcase is that its available in a wide range of colours (in store the veneered options are more expensive that the block colours such as white and black) which means that its very likely you'll be able to find a bookcase that suits your home.
Being from Ikea, its a flatpack piece of furniture and the instructions were made up of diagrams which made it much easier to understand what steps you had to take (even for someone like me whose usually terrible at these things!). I should mention that you should have someone with you to help so make sure you have a friend over before you attempt assembley.
Obviously the low price affects the quality of the bookcase. The wood was a bit fragile and one of the shelves splintered when hit too hard with a hammer. However, the bookshelves still support a large amount of weight and cope well with my stacks of hardback reference books. Also the back of the shelf is a sort of cardboard sheet and is not very sturdy. As the piece of card is folded in the package, there are visible fold at the back of the bookcase which isn't particularly aestheticaly pleasing.
However, I think these are small problems which are made up for with the very low price. If you're looking for a beautiful piece of furniture, this isn't for you but if you just want a cheap, practical place to display your books, its a great choice.
Summary: A well priced no-frills bookcase
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