Published on June 24th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


Billy bar table

Materials: 1x BILLY bookcase, 1x VIKKA AMON table top, 2x VIKKA BYSKE table legs legs

Description: After moving into a small flat, my wife had the brilliant idea of combining our bookcase with a bar-type dining table. We searched high and low on the net for similar ideas but the closest thing we found was the expedit desk (ugly and too small for us).

Much to our relief her inspiration paid off and we are now very happy with our new dining table/bookcase combo.

Here’s what we did:
1. fastened the billy to the wall to ensure it’s stable.
2. attatch vikka byske legs to vikka amon table top (holes already drilled).
3. place free end of table on the fixed shelf of the billy (approx 105cm high). All we did to fasten the table top was put some velcro tape between it and the shelf – works perfectly but a more secure method could be found (some little L brackets maybe).

Too easy! We finished off by buying 4 tall franklin stools and a benno to put our dvds in.

~ Rocky & Yvette, Perth Australia

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

11 Responses to Billy bar table

  1. Dennis says:

    What’s a vikka amon? I don’t see them on the Ikea website?

  2. Unknown says:

    Hey, i want to try this aswell, and i’ve just bought the billy bookcase, but i’m wondering, what is the depth of your bookcase. there are two sorts, one with 40cm depth and one with 28cm depth. I’ve bought the one with 40cm depth just to be sure it’s sturdy enough to hold a table top.



  3. Anonymous says:

    Really nice idea! I’m planning to make it for one coffee shop! Thanks for the inspiration.

  4. Anonymous says:

    There is a Vika Amon table top that is 77cm wide, so it would work perfectly inside the Billy bookcase that is 80cm wide.

    The product # is 100.711.72

    See it here (Canadian site):

  5. Anonymous says:

    love it !! just a techie question .. billy appears to be 80cm wide and the VIKA AMON 60cm .. however on your picture they seem to fit in nicely .. didn’t you have to cut the top to adapt ??

  6. Anonymous says:

    I was at Ikea (Canada) this weekend and I saw this set up in one of the displays.

    Great Idea.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Wow! It seems to be a really good idea! Is that your living room? I was thinking about doing the same thing in my kitchen but with dishes and spices instead of books :)
    PS: Sorry if I made mistakes but I’m French so I don’t speak English as you do!

  8. Anonymous says:

    What an amazing idea!!!!
    Billy is ( I think) the cheapest yet sturdiest bookcase there is…and just look how people come up with idea on hacking it.
    I love Billy,I just have a small room space at the moment (blame economy) but I collect all the idea made with a Billy hack so that when I get a bigger place I have lots of space left.

    Keep them coming.

  9. Jérémy says:

    Really cool , love this idea


  10. Lindsey says:

    That’s awesome, great idea!

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