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March 20, 2012 by Chris Built-in Billy bookcases are certainly not a new concept, but I never felt like the directions were close enough to what I needed.
While I loved the 15” depth of Ikea’s newer bookcase, I knew I wanted them to go all the way to the ceiling.
A couple of weekends of building and some late night caulking and painting…and she was done. The first thing we did was measure the wall to determine how many Billy bookcases we needed to fill the wall. Glitch #1: I wanted a built-in look of course, and I wanted them safely and securely attached to the wall.
I couldn’t get a picture of it, but we just used the brackets that came with the bookcases.
We used 4 Billy bookcases with the height extenders (and left off the backs) and 1 narrower Billy bookcase with height extender in the middle. They had cheaper ones that were only 4 feet tall, but my husband argued that it would bother me having a seam half way up the bookcase. So, I have the top front of each bookcase exposed, one side is up against a wall and the other is shown. So we wound up using four separate pieces of molding and layering them to create a built-in look.
Creating an Ikea built-in Billy bookshelf is something I have wanted to do in this room for years.