IKEA BILLY OXBERG HACK
I love the Billy bookcase and owned quite a few over the years. I do not love the open view to my messy bookshelves. Instead of having a mess in the middle of my living room, I wanted to create a wall of images, but how? I tried the Morliden door, but it feels flimsy and it is very hard to make a beautiful display of images. I searched online for this idea of a Billy Hack for a long time, but it just never appeared to be done either by Ikea or anyone else, so I finally decided to make it myself.
The Oxberg doors does give the Billy a quality appearance, however they still do not hide the mess in the closet. Therefore I dreamed up a beautiful Billy Hack with fitted passe-partouts exposing my own photography. Creating a huge wall of photographs behind the solid glass Oxberg doors. For this blog I used my commercial photography, but soon I will replace some images with my family pictures.
You can purchase the passe-partouts here
Any (set of) prints to fit inside the passe-partouts, can be bought here
Without any books in it, it looks really modern and minimalistic :)
This was 4 weeks later and a lot of stuff unboxed and put on the shelves, yes, now it still looks neat, but over time that will change and start to look like a big mess.
Adding passe-partouts, one at a time, some needed to be cut a mm on the sides to fit them exactly
And finally, the end result.
We hope you will share your results in the comments below, show us how your living rooms changes into an art gallery!
The Billy bookcase is perhaps the archetypal Ikea product.
It was dreamed up in 1978 by an Ikea designer called Gillis Lundgren who sketched it on the back of a napkin, worried that he would forget it.
Now there are 60-odd million in the world, nearly one for every 100 people - not bad for a humble bookcase.
In fact, so ubiquitous are they, Bloomberg uses them to compare purchasing power across the world.
According to the Bloomberg Billy Bookcase Index - yes, that's a thing - they cost most in Egypt, just over $100 (£79), whereas in Slovakia you can get them for less than $40 (£31).