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IKEA Billy Bookshelf Assembly How-To & Help

The "Billy" model is a basic bookshelf kit from IKEA, it comes in a wide variety of sizes and colors. This kit is straightforward to assemble, a good kit for novices in the smaller sizes. I've followed along exactly as shown in IKEA's instructions included in the kit, but here we have the advantage of close-up photos and photo-notes. The other sizes and colors of this model assembly nearly identical to the one shown.
 
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Step 1: Step 1 - identify the parts, start assembly

Picture of Step 1 - identify the parts, start assembly
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Parts
1 back panel
2 side panels: 1 right side, 1 left side
4 shelves: 1 bottom, 1 top, 2 middle
bag of hardware
instructions
2 unused small wood pieces
anti-tip-over "earthquake" strap

start the assembly
Insert 6 of the wood plugs into the side panel holes with your thumb. 2 of the plugs are used for the bottom flashing, 2 for the bottom shelf, and 2 for the top shelf. use the outer holes on the side panel as shown.

The 4 shelves are each slightly different, you can tell them apart by looking at the bottom of them as shown in the photo.

carefully push the bottom flashing, bottom shelf, and top shelf onto the plugs in the side panel, as shown in the photo.

Step 2: Step 2 - second side panel

Push the remaining 6 wood plugs into the remaining side panel. Then carefully place the side panel on top of the assembled parts, line up the 6 wood plugs, and push the second side panel onto the assembly.
Connere1 year ago
Just tried to add another tall Billy to a loft and can see the comparison between the old ones that my girlfriend and her then young daughter what a great job they did assembling.

The latest version does not have the metal screws from the outside nor metal connectors-now plastic. The back is thinner, foldable cardboard and is slightly taller and a different, blonder color. I managed to do it one person by modifying the instructions and standing it up.

This will be my last time buying IKEA due to the missing parts, lack of structure requiring glue, more nails, stabilizers across the weak back with heavy and fragile pressboard.

These instructions are useful but I would mark the line for nails across the middle supporting shelf and even start on opposite corners to try to get it square and some stability. Also the tall Billy definitely needs the wall bracket and the parts provided require you have already figured out your own way and hardware to attach to the wall. In earthquake country not even a question with heavy books.
Kymm134 years ago
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Uhh...So this is how to build a commercial some-assembly-required bookshelf? The kind that comes with instructions? I suspect you're posting this all tongue-in-cheek, eh? Or am I ruining the joke by saying it out loud? Seriously, for such a pointless "project," this is impressively annotated. Good work.
It came with instructions, but they weren't good enough, so he made better ones. It's not pointless at all. Jeeze. Plus, we get to see how the shelves are designed, which is half the point of reading instructables, isn't it?
Isabelle756 years ago
Hi Dan, I am having hard times trying to ssemble billy morebo aluminum/glass door. Can you post an assembly ste by step photo if you have some ? Thank you !
montekisco7 years ago
This was extremely helpful. I needed to have the two bookshelves I own taken apart by the moving company, I would have taken quite a bit longer to put them back together without this. Thanks so much.
dan (author) 8 years ago
IKEA's instructions are brief and have no words, I created this project to help new builders by giving more detail and to show how the Instructables interface can make very clear how-to's with real photos and photo-notes and only a little text.
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