Published on July 16th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


Billy Dollcase

Materials: Billy 3′ bookcase

1. Buy a 90cm x 90cm Billy bookcase, and buy a few spare shelves (or find them on a nature-strip like I did.)

2. Cut some of the spare shelves to fit vertically between the original bookcase shelves, and set them there with double-sided mounting tape.

3. Cut two of the same length of spare shelves at 45 degrees to make the roof, attach them to each other with steel right-angle brackets.

4. Attach them to the case with hinges to allow for the 45 degree angle. If you mess this bit up, chalk it up to “Modern Art” or something, and proceed to Step 4 without guilt.

4. Repeat Step 2, but this time for the “attic” created by the new roof.

5. There is no Step 5.

~ Andrew Saffer, Melbourne, Australia

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9 Responses to Billy Dollcase

  1. Faye says:

    there is no step 5. lol i love it! i also love the bookshelf dollhouse! awesome!

  2. Morgan says:

    What is a nature-strip? Does ikea sell spare shelves?

  3. I loved the concept! I did just the opposite!
    Now my old dollhouse is a cute bookshelf in my bedroom! :)

  4. Helen Shine says:

    This is very fabulous! I want one. Even though I have three dollshouses and am (cough) 28.

  5. KG Style says:

    This is so very cute! If I had space in my apt, I would totally make this dollhouse for my daughter! Although, she’s a pre-teen and wouldn’t be caught dead playing with dolls!

  6. Kostia says:

    No step five but two step fours! I love the casualness of this hack, so refreshing after seeing many (not as clever) ones that require special tools and whatnot.

  7. Miss Muffin says:

    Oh, I love this! If my daughter did not have a dollhouse yet I would be making one like this RIGHT NOW! Well, or make my husband make one … ;-)

  8. Great idea for a childrens dollshouse.

  9. maria says:

    Nice idea for a childrens dollshouse.

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