– BILLY bookcase, white, 80x28x106 cm
– GRYTNÄS glass door, off-white, 40×100 cm
– UTRUSTA hinge
We were looking for mid-height bookcases with glass doors for our living room, at a reasonable price. The 80×106 cm BILLY bookcase had the right dimensions, as its 28 cm depth did not take too much of our limited space. There are glass doors for BILLY, but having decided we did not like the aluminium framed MORLIDEN doors, we had a problem. The wooden framed OXBERG glass doors are only available for the full height bookcases, not for our mid height ones.
What to do?
Looking through IKEA for other possible glass doors, it turned out that the GRYTNÄS kitchen doors might fit. These are quite nice, in off-white MDF board and with a more robust feeling to them. So with a bit of careful measuring of the kithcen cupboards, it was fairly straight-forward to drill new holes for the UTRUSTA hinges in the sides of the bookcases, and put on the doors. Since the doors are 3 cm taller than the original BILLY doors, there was just enough space for the lower hinge above the bottom shelf.
We are quite happy with the result, and the final step will be to fit a smooth white worktop onto the bookcases, and find some nice handles for the doors.
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