The BILLY bookcases seem to take on a new lightness when hung on the wall. It gives it an almost library-feel to it.
Also, furniture off the floor is the way to go for me. Makes cleaning so much easier, eh.
Karine Schenkeveld and Erik Roscam Abbing from Rotterdam, The Netherlands turns a $59.99 bookcase into a fancy designer object.
How they made their IKEA BILLY floating bookshelves
They tell me, “All we did was cut off the bottom part of the vertical elements underneath the bottom shelf. Next, we mounted nine steel L-brackets per bookcase to the wall. (Comes up to three per fixed BILLY shelf.) Then, we just mount the BILLY bookshelves on to the brackets.
Pretty simple, but everyone thinks we had these floating bookshelves custom made for us.
Some people are worried that they’ll come off the wall. But come on, there are 18 (!) 8cm (approx 3″) screws per floating bookshelf. And the load is almost completely vertical: no problem.”
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#1 Tall Wall-Like BILLY bookshelves
Roel needed to add some extra storage space in the living room. They came up with the idea to make a tall cabinet at the head of the table, with a more “wall like” appearance. See their tall cabinet hack.
#2 BILLY is for built-ins
Jeff had a really long wall that needed something to separate the games area from the media area. What better way than to introduce more storage and some built-in bookshelves.
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