Billy bookcase- modifying width?

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Posted 16th Dec 2019
Has anyone successfully made Billy bookcase- narrower? (Need 75cm width not 80)

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It would be very simple to do, all you'd need to do would be to trim 5cm off the top and bottom pieces, the shelves, and the back. Then you'd just make the relevant holes in the top and bottom pieces for the screws and use a little extra wood glue. Just be aware though that Billy pieces, being made of particleboard and foil, don't trim quite as nicely as solid wood such as the Hemnes range so choose your cutting method carefully. By the way IKEA do have some narrower bookcases, such as the 60cm Gersby for £19, if you just want to buy something cheap that would fit in place.

ikea.com/gb/…31/

And the Brusali at 67cm.
ikea.com/gb/…85/
Haircut_10016/12/2019 19:28

It would be very simple to do, all you'd need to do would be to trim 5cm …It would be very simple to do, all you'd need to do would be to trim 5cm off the top and bottom pieces, the shelves, and the back. Then you'd just make the relevant holes in the top and bottom pieces for the screws and use a little extra wood glue. Just be aware though that Billy pieces, being made of particleboard and foil, don't trim quite as nicely as solid wood such as the Hemnes range so choose your cutting method carefully. By the way IKEA do have some narrower bookcases, such as the 60cm Gersby for £19, if you just want to buy something cheap that would fit in place.https://www.ikea.com/gb/en/p/gersby-bookcase-white-70261131/And the Brusali at 67cm.https://www.ikea.com/gb/en/p/brusali-bookcase-white-20302285/


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Haircut_10016/12/2019 19:28

It would be very simple to do, all you'd need to do would be to trim 5cm …It would be very simple to do, all you'd need to do would be to trim 5cm off the top and bottom pieces, the shelves, and the back. Then you'd just make the relevant holes in the top and bottom pieces for the screws and use a little extra wood glue. Just be aware though that Billy pieces, being made of particleboard and foil, don't trim quite as nicely as solid wood such as the Hemnes range so choose your cutting method carefully. By the way IKEA do have some narrower bookcases, such as the 60cm Gersby for £19, if you just want to buy something cheap that would fit in place.https://www.ikea.com/gb/en/p/gersby-bookcase-white-70261131/And the Brusali at 67cm.https://www.ikea.com/gb/en/p/brusali-bookcase-white-20302285/


Not necessarily that easy. I cut down some Ikea shelves (not this model) and they aren't all solid all the way through so nothing to make new holes into but fresh air. Had to dismantle the bits I'd cut off to take out the solid end bits from inside then glue these back into the open ends of the pieces I wanted to keep. It worked but not as easy as I first thought it would be.
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