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Published on June 26th, 2007 | by Jules Yap


reinforcing billy book case cd insert

here’s a useful tweak from michael for the billy book case cd insert to reinforce the shelf and close unsightly gaps.

“the billy book case CD insert is a good idea in principle but has at least 3 drawbacks:

  • the standard fixing method is not very solid,
  • it puts the front face of the insert in line with the front of the bookcase, which looks bad,
  • and to add to the bad looks it leaves a small but noticable gap between the top of the insert and the shelf above.

these can all be cured using the leftover packing pieces from two tall wide billy book cases and four small brackets, as follows:

make two “L” shaped inserts from the packing pieces and two brackets. any small brackets will do, i used surplus billy wall anchors. these will be used to space the insert from the back of the book case.

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using the “L” shapes as a depth guide, screw the assembled insert to the bottom of a shelf with two more brackets. you may have to bend the brackets out a bit so that the shelf fits snug against the insert.

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replace the inserts and slide the shelf / insert combo in in front of them. voila!

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3 Responses to reinforcing billy book case cd insert

  1. Brian says:

    The CD inserts are being discontinued. If you want them you have to go to a store and buy them. can’t get them online anymore. The one in Woodbridge, VA had plenty in black and white, but very limited in the wood grains. In fact I bought the store display birch version because it was ll that they had left.

  2. spiffy says:

    I should add that I’m not referring to something small-scale like the Fira chests… I have probably close to a thousand CDs. :-( So I was thinking along the lines of Malm System or something more suitable. Basically an affordable way of storing a large amount of discs.

  3. spiffy says:

    Is this Billy system from outside of US? I can’t find the CD insert accessories on the IKEA US web site.

    Does anyone know if any of the current IKEA storage systems fit the exact dimensions for CD storage? Ideally I’d like to be able to put them in drawers which I can put them out of sight.

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