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Home Education now under control
Ikea Billy Bookcases
Member Name: boscoticino
Ikea Billy Bookcases
Disadvantages: Kitten uses them as climbing frame if doors not shut
I recently bought two tall 80cm wide Billy units to try and stop Home Education from taking over my living room.
I had been given doors for them some 7 years ago and since I seemed to breeding text books, workbooks, reading books and finished projects/written work to be filed, I felt the time was right to make full use of them and finally buy the actual bookcases.
I was convinced I could put them together by myself, but did have to drag a reluctant husband into the equation, both to pick up and slide on the last side as well as to help me stand them up at the end. He also tightened all the screws for me cos I never can get them as tight as you need them.
I have had to take the back off one and put it on again because it popped out, but that was probably my fault for not paying attention with regards to the instructions about nailing them in place.
They hold all the books, I've put in magazine holders to keep the floppy stuff (workbooks) upright and a few pots meant all the pens, paints and other stationary can go in there too.
The only thing I don't like is that you can see all the stuff so I am going to hang a nice fabric inside the door as a cover up measure.
Really cheap, but sturdy enough for my needs and I appreciate being able to fish out books as I need them in the mornings rather than having to search through huge piles hidden in various nooks and crannies in the living room.
The only thing they won't hold are my big box files, but I can live with that.
IKEA even gave me the fixings to put on my years old donated doors for free.
Summary: Better quality than you'd expect at that price
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