Published on February 9th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


1 1/2 Billy entertainment centre

Materials: Billy bookshelves, Besta Jagra

Description: I wanted an entertainment centre to fit our new, bigger TV, plus some much needed storage space. Shopping around only revealed that getting something the size I wanted would end up costing $3000 and up.

I have a six year old son who owns the house with his toys, so the TV room was more like his play room. I wanted to ensure that his toys stayed in the same place, but hidden.

Initially, I thought about buying a couple of Pax wardrobes and cutting half the doors to fit the TV, but the TV size did not flow with the Paxes. After browsing IKEA for a day, I settled on the Billy bookshelves and a Besta Jagra, all of these in black-brown… but I still had no storage room for the toys.

Then I stumbled across this site. It inspired me, and I got the idea to simply buy two smaller “Billys” (1/2 the size of the big ones), adding some doors to the smaller ones, not installing the backer board and shelves in the small ones, and fusing these smaller Billys to the big ones, to create the extra space.

I used some pieces of MDF painted black, and some screws to hold the thing in place and make it easy to take apart if needed and the result looks great (in my opinion, of course).

Hope you guys like it!

~ Daniel, Nemarket, Ontario, Canada

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Jules Yap

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11 Responses to 1 1/2 Billy entertainment centre

  1. Florence Lewis says:

    Wow, I must say that set up looks beautiful, it looks a good as the $3000 system set ups if not better in some cases. Fantastic hack idea, doubling up the book cases, that idea can be applied in the kids room, where you could use the extra deep shelving. Thanks for the idea. :)

  2. mary says:

    Thanks Daniel – that makes sense :-)

  3. Daniel says:

    @ mary:
    The pre-drilled holes that hold the shelves in place were used to screw the thing together. I used the back row of these holes on the smaller Billy, and the front row of the longer one to accommodate the MDF and screws. I put a total of four MDF plates per storage unit (two on each side, with six screws per plate). It holds well enough.

  4. Daniel says:

    @ Anonymous:
    My TV is a 47 inch, so it fits just right. I think the base of the Jagra is 50 inches. You could try and buy another TV bench from IKEA, there are wider ones that could fit your 50 incher…

  5. mary says:

    That looks fantastic – how did you fuse the bookcases together? that is so smart!

  6. Anonymous says:

    The space for the TV, how large of an opening is that? I want to know if it can accommodate a 50″. Great build!

  7. Daniel says:

    I know, but the wife won’t allow it…

  8. Jen says:

    You could fit another shelf above the TV too use the empty space :)

  9. ko says:

    Genius! I’ve been trying to figure out how to do this combination forever. I love the wider cases on the bottom look.

  10. Daniel says:

    What can I say, my son loves Dino Dan…

  11. LJ says:

    Had to give out love for Dino Dan on your TV.

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