The IKEA Billy bookcase is an ultra popular piece. In fact, maybe you even have one or two of these shelving units in your home already. However, what we love about this furniture item isn't just its storage capacity and budget-friendly price tag—we're also majorly enthusiastic about all of the possibilities it holds. Not sure what we mean? Keep reading to check out 25 brilliant Billy bookcase hacks that will make you want to get DIYing right this second.
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Love the look of built-ins but don't want to shell out major cash for a custom setup? Try a Billy bookcase hack like this one, in which the shelves were installed to appear original to this living space using a wooden platform, some wood trim, and doors added to the bottom half of the structure. Sconces hung above the shelves add that final luxe, library-like touch.
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These Billy bookcases were also installed to appear like built-ins and were jazzed up with a clever touch—storage bins in a corresponding color. Bins like these make it easy to stash away kids' toys, craft supplies, workout gear, and anything else that needs a home in the family room. The top shelves still allow plenty of space for actual books.Continue to 3 of 25 below.
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Once again, an empty wall got a major makeover in the form of Billy bookcases turned built-ins. These homeowners skillfully added a bottom trim piece of wood that matches the moldings used throughout the rest of the house for an ultra authentic look.Continue to 4 of 25 below.
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Elite Entertainment Center
These Billy bookshelves were transformed into an expansive entertainment center full of storage. The closed cabinets help keep cords and wires concealed and out of sight, while the shelves provide plenty of space for media storage and knick knacks.Continue to 5 of 25 below.
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Cane and rattan continues to have a major moment these days, and it's a popular material to incorporate into DIY projects, too. This Billy bookcase got a stylish upgrade in the form of woven cane doors and sleek dark green paint.
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This Billy bookcase also got an on-trend makeover in the form of fluted cabinet doors (made possible via chair rail molding). The door fronts are from IKEA's OXBERG line.Continue to 7 of 25 below.
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If you're not sure what to place beside your fireplace mantel, built-ins may just be the answer. Once again, the Billy bookcase (well actually, two of them) saved the day when it came to this living room revamp. This DIYer chose to caulk the shelves to the wall to minimize the appearance of any gaps.
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Bigger and Better
Go big or go home! This is one of the larger walls of Billy bookcase built-ins that we've seen, but it looks beautiful nonetheless. This DIYer chose to paint her walls to match the bookshelf color for a more seamless appearance.Continue to 9 of 25 below.
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Even a freestanding Billy bookcase can be customized to look a little more luxe. Here, crown molding is attached to the top of one of the units to make it appear a bit fancier and more complete.Continue to 10 of 25 below.
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A Billy bookcase built-in...with a ladder? Just when we thought a good thing couldn't get any better, it did. This ladder provides function (after all, reaching those top shelves can be difficult) but is also full of charm and is bound to enamor guests both young and old.Continue to 11 of 25 below.
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Your office space needs all the storage it can get, right? With this Billy bookcase hack, you'll have plenty of space for all of your precious files and supplies. Positioning two bookcases so that they jut out from the wall and adding a surface in between makes for the perfect desk setup.
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These Billy built-ins were jazzed up with the addition of some decorative molding and gorgeous wallpaper, resulting in a truly high-end look. Wallpapering the back of your bookshelves is an excellent way to add more personality to a space on the cheap. Plus, it can be a fantastic alternative to painting the walls.Continue to 13 of 25 below.
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Billy bookcases can look fabulous in the dining room, too. Here, a few bookcases grouped together make for ultra convenient storage for tableware, wine bottles, and other entertaining essentials.Continue to 14 of 25 below.
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Restful Reading Nook
When positioned with a bench in between, these Billy built-ins make for the perfect reading nook. Get creative when it comes to positioning your shelves to find a layout that best works for your space and your family's day to day needs.
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Anyone with young children knows how key it is to have proper playroom storage. This child-friendly entertainment center, comprised of Billy bookcases, is colorful and charming thanks to the addition of vibrant, easy to reach storage baskets, which may just teach little ones to tidy up after themselves.Continue to 16 of 25 below.
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While we've seen plenty of built-in hacks here thus far, we haven't seen many that involved painting the Billy shelves. This navy blue Billy makeover is a stunner and proves that there's something to be said for going bold. The end result? Storage and an accent wall of sorts.Continue to 17 of 25 below.
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Plenty of Pizzazz
Take things to the next level with a paint and wallpaper combo. Blue shelves with a marbly gray backdrop makes for a moody addition to this living room.
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Have young children or grandchildren? They'll fall head over heels for this adorable Billy bookcase turned... dollhouse! While this hack is definitely off the beaten path, it's pretty amazing regardless. Young ones will enjoy decorating each of the spacious "rooms" and designing their own dream house.Continue to 19 of 25 below.
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Here we have another impressive Billy hack featuring caning. While many retailers sell similar pieces for hundreds of dollars (if not more!), this one can easily be recreated at home with some basic supplies from IKEA and the craft store, making it a major winner.Continue to 20 of 25 below.
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Light and Airy
This bookshelf is kept looking nice and airy due to the glassware and greenery present. We love the idea of using your Billy as a home for green friends (real or fake).Continue to 21 of 25 below.
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Formal and Fabulous
A robin's egg blue hue shines on these Billy bookcases. This setup proves that this furniture piece can look just as lovely in more formal living spaces as it does in family rooms and offices.Continue to 22 of 25 below.
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Maybe you're looking for an affordable, stylish hutch to display in your living room, playroom, or dining room but just can't find the perfect piece. Well, it's more than possible to go the DIY route using a Billy bookcase as a starting point—some skilled woodworking and a pop of paint will go a long way. This hack actually also features an IKEA dresser, making it a two-for-one.Continue to 23 of 25 below.
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What's great about hacking a Billy bookcase is that you can design an end product that truly fits your needs—even if that means manipulating things a bit to fit a tricky corner spot.Continue to 24 of 25 below.
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This Billy configuration also looks right at home in a corner spot and adds so much dimension and sophistication to this home office.Continue to 25 of 25 below.
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We get it: Keeping a pantry organized is hard work. Make it easier to keep boxes and cans looking nice and orderly by incorporating extra shelving...in Billy bookcase form. Easy peasy!