3 unique ways IKEA BILLY was used for toys & storage

The BILLY bookcase is one of those things that just works. We seen loads of hacks for the BILLY and you can browse them all here. But in this post, we zoom in on three unusual ways you can use the BILLY bookcase for toys and toy storage.

Industrial BILLY bookcase with hidden toy bed

My sons room is tiny and he wanted a toy bed so I tried to think of a way to make one without taking up too much space. I came up with this idea of an industrial style BILLY bookcase. The bottom pulls out into a bed during the night, similar to a Murphy bed, but for teddy.

industrial billy bookcase toy storage bed 3
industrial billy bookcase toy storage bed 2

I painted the unit in black, applied pins and metal wax to front to get the industrial look. I made a custom door for the front.

You can see more details and further pictures here.

~ Medina Grillo

This one goes sideways

ikea bookcase toy storage
  • IKEA Bookshelf (likely the old discontinued Flärke). You can do the same with a BILLY bookcase.

I bought an IKEA bookshelf and it didn’t really match the decor of my home.

ikea flarke

I wondered what I could use it for and came up with this idea of using it for toy storage in my kid’s room.

First thing I did was turned the bookshelf on its side and reinforced the shelves with screws.

Then, I bought an 1x10x8 board and cut it into different size pieces and screwed them into the shelves sideways.

ikea bookcase sideways and added cubbies

Lastly, I primed, painted and hung the “bookshelf” on the wall in my kid’s playroom for books, bins and toys! It turned out adorable and was a very cheap flip!


~ Kristi Boes, Rockford, MI

BILLY Bookcase doll house and toy storage

The BILLY bookcases transformed into beautiful doll houses. After adding the structural bits like the roof and cutting out windows, decorate as you wish. A beach house, an urban row-house or cottage. Click for the full tutorial.

ikea bookcase toy storage doll houses

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Originally posted on May 30, 2016. Updated with new content.