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Not going to be a Billy for much longer in our house
Ikea Billy Bookcases
Member Name: Abski2001
Ikea Billy Bookcases
Advantages: Good value, adjustable shelves, nice design and range of colours
Ikea Billy Bookcase
We currently have one Billy bookcase residing in our lounge that we have owned for a year or two and are currently looking to buy a second Billy bookcase to match. These are a very popular and staple Ikea storage items that have been available for a good number or years now. I have been very impressed with the design and quality of this bookcase.
Ikea products typically come flat packed in boxes, which is something that may put many people off buying from them. For myself and my partner building our own flat furniture and helping out family members is something that we have done many times before and have never had any major disasters!
The Billy bookcase is purchased from Ikea megastores so you must make sure that you have a car with you and enough room in it for fitting the bookcase packaging. The product is boxed in a single heavy duty cardboard box and has dimensions of 29 cm width x 12 cm height and 204 cm length. The weight of the bookcase is 33.8 kg.
The Billy bookcase comes with a very detailed A4 assembly instruction pamphlet, as well as all the materials needed to build this bookcase. All you need is a couple of screwdrivers and a bit of common sense and building this is a piece of cake. Myself and my partner managed to build this in around half an hour to forty five minutes and we have no issues of leftover screws or missing parts. Overall I would rate this as a simple build item.
The bookcase comes in multiple sizes and styles, with corner units, glass door versions and whole wall units available for you to choose from. We own the classic and smaller style bookcase, which has full constructed dimensions of 80 cm width x 28 cm depth and a height of 202 cm. The bookcase comes with 5 shelves included in the box, which hold a maximum load of 30 kg.
The choice of colours is very good for this particular Ikea product, we have the Black version to match our lounge style and design, but you also get this bookcase in white, beech, birch and lacquered colours depending on your local store. I really like the black version as it looks more wooden/real wood than made of artificial materials and you can see a grain in the bookcase.
The inside of the bookcase has adjustable shelf studs which is what attracted us to this bookcase in the first place. This bookcase is used as a cd shelving unit in our house and so five shelves was not going to be enough. Luckily Ikea are very practical and sell matching shelves in colours that you can purchase the bookcase in. We have a total of ten shelves in our bookcase that gives us eleven rows of storage for cd's (of which my partner has hundreds!). The shelf space is perfect for this purpose with the bottom shelf having slightly more room and allowing a row of DVD's to be stored on it.
All in all we are really happy with our Billy bookcase and two years on it still looks as good as new. It is very sturdy and well made, obviously sticking to the build instructions will ensure that you get a solid piece of furniture too.
Our size Billy bookcase is the cheapest (and smallest) model in Ikea costing £45 with 5 shelves included, you can also buy additional shelves for £9 a piece. As I have mentioned we are about to buy another one of these in the same style and colour which obviously speaks highly of the product. I rate this as 5 out of 5 stars for value and quality.
Base material: Particleboard, Foil, ABS plastic
Side panel: Particleboard, Foil, Melamine foil, ABS plastic
Plinth front: Particleboard, Foil
Back: Fibre board, Foil
Summary: A great quality and popular bookcase from Ikea - 5 Stars
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