I love Ikea Hacks, as long as their quick. I also love the Billy bookcase, it’s a bit of an obsession that I’m trying to ween myself off of. The thing with the Billy is that it’s inexpensive and seems to just fit perfectly everywhere that I need it to. They’re not the best quality, but in spite of it, they’re really hard working. I’m a fan.
So, I’ve always loved low benching with storage shelves beneath. Ikea won’t seem to make any that are the right colour, price, and dimensions for my home. The last time I rearranged I had a pair of the short narrow Billy’s without a home. Problem solved.
Here’s how to do the hack
- Remove the base trim from each of the shelves
- Turn them on their side, matching the bottom’s together.
- You’re DONE!
I haven’t secured the internal shelves, although I plan to do that (*someday*). Instead I filled them with really big heavy books that needed a place to live, but that don’t get read very often. If it becomes permanent, I may upholster the top, but for now, a few pillows cover any sign that these are really shelves.