Published on October 5th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


(Yet another) floating Billies

Materials: two 80cm extended Billies and one 40 cm extended Billy.

Description: Inspired by Karine and Erik here we decided to make our own floating Billies.

We did almost the same as Karine and Erik. The whole project didn’t cost more than $230.

We used six L brackets for the small Billy and nine for the large ones.

The 24 Fischer safety holds were the most expensive part of the whole project: $120.

We fixed this in two afternoons. All billy’s are extended to make maximum use of the height of the room.

The final result makes the room a lot more spacier than before. We get lots of compliments by friends and family and we’re very satisfied with the result.

~ Tom Suter, Lochem, The Netherlands

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Jules Yap

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11 Responses to (Yet another) floating Billies

  1. Sergio says:

    Do not use those bolts on drywall! They are not made for it and the drywall is not strong enough to hold the bookcases. Tom lives in the Netherlands where they build houses out of bricks and mortar. Here in the States, you should use #10 or larger wood screws and attach the brackets to the studs in the wall. Make sure to hit them dead-center and pre-drill the studs or they will break with those large screws.

  2. Tom Suter says:

    We bought the Fischer safety holds in a local do-it-yourself store called “Praxis” here in the Netherlands. I think they’re from a German company.

    Vacuuming is fun again. :)

  3. Tom Suter says:

    We mounted the L brackets underneath the shelves that are non-ajustable.
    From below, the first, fourth and seventh shelf. The billy’s are hanging there now for more than a half year and they’re loaded more and more. I check if things are still hanging ok so now and then and there is no friction at all. It is a pretty solid brick wall. Still very happy with it.

  4. Anonymous says:

    You’re risking ripping out the wall and hurting someone. At the least, use a z-bracket or a french cleat (search online – you’ll find them) approach to hang the shelves.

  5. Richard says:

    makes vacuuming easier :)

  6. Balu says:

    Where did you use the l-brackets? Top and bottom?

    Also did you use the back of the Billy or did you just attach the frame to the wall?

  7. Anonymous says:

    where do you get the Fischer safety holds?

  8. if you figure on leaving those up forever (or at least a really long time), you could caulk the corners where the bookcase meets the wall to give it a slightly cleaner look.

  9. Anonymous says:

    These anchors are made for concrete/stone. Did you use them on drywall? Will this securely hold heavy bookcases?

  10. Jules says:

    Hey anonymous, thanks for catching that. Link corrected.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Your link is wrong. It says [] and it should be []

    great project btw, looks very nice

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