Ikea Billy Bookshelf

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In 1979 the designer Gillis Lundgren designed a simple bookcase which wasn't named after a Finnish town or village like other bookcases from IKEA but got the name BILLY after the Swedish word for cheap = billig (same in German, btw). When in 2009 it celebrated its 30th anniversary, about ... Read review

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Brilly Billy

Advantagessturdy, reliable

Disadvantagesnone

"...like other bookcases from IKEA but got the name BILLY after the Swedish word for cheap = billig (same in German, btw). When in 2009 it celebrated its 30th anniversary, about 41 million specimens had been sold making this piece of furniture the most sold one worldwide. I haven't found a more current figure but, of course, the number has risen since then, albeit more slowly than before. More about this later. I can always understand numbers better when ..." Read review
08.08.2013

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My Brilliant Billy Bookshelves

AdvantagesGood size book shelves for a reasonable price

DisadvantagesPoor instructions

"...their new office with some IKEA bookcases which were very good value so we thought a trip to IKEA would be worth our while. We used to have to travel to London to get to an IKEA and I hated it because although we tended to find it alright we inevitably got lost on our return journey. However they have now opened a store in Milton Keynes which is much easier for us to get to so that was where we headed. We bypassed most of the store to arrive ..." Read review
04.05.2010

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Brilliant storage solution

AdvantagesTotally transformed the rooms these were used in, more space and light, everything neat and tidy.

DisadvantagesExtra space on bookshelves compelled me to buy more books :)

"...Then I found an Ikea Billy Bookcase in blue which had 6 shelves and was over 6 1/2 feet tall and almost 3 feet wide for £29.90. after reading several favourable reviews here, I decided to give it a try. We were able to check stock availability online for our local shop, and thankfully the flat pack item did fit in our car, so we did not have to pay delivery charges. I did not set this up myself, but my husband says they were a gift to build and ..." Read review
05.12.2010

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Welcome to my Home Billy!

AdvantagesPrice, strong, sturdy, easy to assemble, light.

Disadvantagesnone

"...section I came across the Ikea Billy Bookcases, there were a range of sizes to choose from as well as handy add on components. I decided to opt for the birch veneer bookcases that had a width of 40 cm and height of 160cm priced at around £20. The price was one the main reasons I opted for the Ikea range, but the other deciding factor was the quality, as I already have quite few furniture items from Ikea scattered around the house and have always been ..." Read review
31.07.2013

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Brilliant Bookshelf

AdvantagesAffordable, practical

DisadvantagesNot the best quality

"...from Ikea. The Mrs hates Ikea yet loves some of their products so every so often we venture into the shop and experience that Ikea... well experience! I personally like the shop, I like that everything is laid out as though it's already in a home so you can imagine what you'd do with it and I always come away with a piece of furniture or two, determined to turn our home into something else... our recent trip saw us come away with two of these bookshelves. ..." Read review
04.04.2013

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Long Name Billy Bookshelf
Type Shelving Unit
Manufacturer Ikea

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