By the point you learn this sentence, IKEA has most likely offered one other one among these to somebody, someplace on the earth. And by the point you’ve learn this one, they’ve most likely offered one other.
No, it’s not their ingenious lamp with a built-in speaker or their surprisingly superb meatballs (although most likely these, too). It’s the Billy bookcase, an IKEA design basic. With adjustable cabinets and the flexibility to stack (when correctly and safely anchored to the wall), the varied bookshelves within the Billy assortment have turn out to be must-have staples, flying off these tremendous excessive IKEA cabinets for the reason that first model launched in 1979.
However the actual motive for this humble bookcase assortment’s cult following is its capability to be custom-made, hacked, and DIYed into one thing unrecognizable: a classy standalone cupboard, inset cabinets beside a hearth, or luxe-looking, customized built-ins for a fraction of the price of precise built-ins.
Don’t consider that these easy bookshelves can do something? Simply check out these 11 I-can’t-believe-it’s-IKEA transformations.
Are these dear customized built-ins? Nope, it’s Billys, cleverly disguised. A Lovely Mess constructed out one wall of their cosy library with the IKEA bookshelves, trimmed the perimeters with moulding and a little bit of lumber, and painted all of it the identical seafoam shade as the remainder of the room for a completely built-in look we’d by no means guess was really seven Billy items put collectively.
This one wins for appeal: With two customized caned doorways and a delicate coat of paint, Home of Hawkes’ Billy turns into a classy facet cupboard that makes a press release in its personal proper.
It appears the Billy was made for the awkward empty nooks beside fireplaces. Hacking a few built-ins with the bookshelves and a few trim—as blogger Place of My Style did right here—is loads cheaper than constructing precise built-ins.
As testomony to Billy’s recognition the world over, this hack comes from Kristina Steinmetz, the German-born, Canada-based architect/blogger behind Ich Designer, who fitted a wall of Billy cabinets with sliding doorways manufactured from oriented strand board for handsome paperwork storage.
Our favourite a part of the romantic built-ins that designer Melanie Lissack hacked in her personal sitting space? The charming lights down the middle (adopted carefully by the crackled-gold wallpapered interiors).
Would you consider this clean-lined wrap-around library is definitely Billys lining the partitions? It’s true, and noticed on the Instagram feed of Kristina Budchanin.
Proof that Billy built-ins can look tremendous fashionable: Home to Dwelling Interiors constructed out a naked wall in a new-build home and slotted in a TV, low hearth, and the bookcases, painted black, for a comfortable lounge.
Above: This spectacular wall-mounted shelf unit by Malcolm Begg, the blogger behind Design Sixty 9, floats off of the ground, “creating the phantasm of house,” as he writes. And sure, it’s Billy once more: 4 bookcases on prime of 4 drawers, with cornicing on prime to shine it off.
We actually just like the simplicity of those show cabinets by Reside Loud Woman. With three Billy bookcases fitted collectively and painted the identical shade because the partitions, it’s a simple option to make cabinets look just a little bit customized with out tearing aside all the room.
Use this built-in Billy bookcase library hack—made up of Billys in differing sizes—executed by blogger Southern Revivals as inspiration to create a user-friendly and exquisite workplace.
Final however not least, this floating (!) mudroom storage hack in a modern-eclectic type—full with wood crates, woven baskets, and crates with leather-based pulls, through blogger Home Home made.
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