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Nothing Works a Room Like BILLY
When it comes to hacking great storage, no other IKEA product works a room like the BILLY bookcase. The BILLY bookcase is pretty straightforward to build right out of the box, or you can get creative and make elaborate storage that looks great. Take a look at 19 of the best BILLY bookcase built-ins ever.Continue to 2 of 20 below.
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Epic BILLY Storage Hack
The BILLY bookcase is one of those IKEA products that you buy for your dorm room and hold onto for years after graduation. The ScrapHacker had four BILLY bookcases left over from his poor student days, but they were not a good fit for his grown-up apartment. Did he kick them to the curb? Nope. Learn how he used them to create a brand-new floor-to-ceiling storage unit.Continue to 3 of 20 below.
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BILLY Becomes a Dresser
Becky, the DIY blogger who pens "Infarrantly Creative" was faced with a challenge: Create something super unique using a BILLY bookcase. Knowing that the unit was a trim 11-inches deep, learn how she transformed it with scrap wood and paint into a small dresser perfect for tight spaces.Continue to 4 of 20 below.
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Penny Pinching BILLY Hack
Thanks to new-and-improved production methods, the BILLY bookcase costs less today than it did when it launched in 1979. However, savvy penny-pinchers like Noz Nozawa know you can buy these affordable shelving units at bargain basement prices in gently used condition on Craigslist. She saved $100 when she created her customized BILLY wall unit.Continue to 5 of 20 below.
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BILLY Bookcase Curio Cabinet
Stores like Pottery Barn and Crate and Barrel sell glass-front bookshelves for thousands of dollars. Erik Linn was able to create several curio cabinets for his abode using BILLY bookcases and GRYTNÄS glass doors for significantly less. The GRYTNAS glass doors are not sold in the U.S., but no worries. IKEA sells glass doors specifically for the BILLY called MORLIDEN.Continue to 6 of 20 below.
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BILLY Kitchen Storage Hack
Peruse the photos of the work by Amy at 11 Magnolia Lane, who used a BILLY bookcase to transform an unloved eat-in counter into a functional kitchen island with much-needed storage space. She loved the final result so much it inspired her to makeover the entire kitchen.Continue to 7 of 20 below.
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Expansive BILLY Built-In
When it comes to good-looking storage solutions, nothing is dreamier than a custom built-in. El Granto and Kristin, the handy DIYers behind "Storefront for Life," share how you can create beautiful customized storage for only $400 using BILLY bookcases and molding.Continue to 9 of 20 below.
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BILLY Library Ladder HackContinue to 10 of 20 below.
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BILLY and BESTA Hack
See how Kate from the "Centsational Style" blog used two tall BILLY bookcases and components from IKEA's BESTA collection to create lovely, free-standing storage. The unit was topped off with molding for added dimension. She also added brass lighting and pulls.Continue to 13 of 20 below.
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BORGSJO Hack Using BILLY
Laura Irion, the interior designer behind Avery Street Design, used pieces from IKEA's discontinued BORGSJO series to make this storage masterpiece. The good news is that the Swedish retailer has added lots of new components to the BILLY series so that you can still recreate Laura's design.Continue to 16 of 20 below.
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Give Your BILLY Arches
Built-in arched bookshelves are one of those lovely features spotted in multimillion-dollar homes. Interior designer Jenny on her blog "Juniper Home" shares how you can create this expensive look using MDF and BILLY bookcases. Take a look at all the details, including her inspiration piece.Continue to 17 of 20 below.
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BILLY Bookcase TipContinue to 18 of 20 below.
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BILLY Console HackContinue to 19 of 20 below.
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Floating Billy Bookcase HackContinue to 20 of 20 below.
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Pretty BILLY Bookcase Hack
Some people think that BILLY bookcase's simple looks are pretty dull. To give them a boost, work the backing. Sure, you can use peel-and-stick decorative paper to brighten up the backing, but did you know that you can do the same with fabric. You will need mod podge decoupage glue to apply.