Billy benchlocker

Published on December 17th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Billy to entry Bench/locker

Materials: Billy Bookcase, 2 packs of pine bead board, stain, 2 inch foam, staples, fabric, hooks

Description: Buy a Billy Bookcase (Article Number: 836.882.10 on Ikea site) and assemble without any shelves or the back board.

Cut the Pine to the exact same size as the back board provided. Stain to your preference and assemble onto the Billy in the exact same spot as the back board should go.

Add in shelves wherever you want them.

Cut remaining pine to fill space used as coat locker/bench, stain and apply to Billy, ensuring that our outer most board on both sides is stained/finished nicely.

Get 2 inch foam cut to fit remaining shelf area. Cut from the supplied Billy Backboard a piece the size of the foam. Upholster your choice of fabric over foam stapling onto Billy Backboard.

**If you want to use bench for adults you will need to add in more weight bearing strength for the bench shelf, but as is it should hold 66lbs (according to Ikea specs).

Apply coat hooks as desired.

**ATTACH TO WALL** using the supplied safety thingy.


I had intentions of adding in crown mouldings etc but, I like it this way just fine.


~ Country Roots Early Learning Centre, Ayr Ontario

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6 Responses to Billy to entry Bench/locker

  1. Mike Bronx says:

    I think that faux bench is just asking for trouble. Even if a child sits on it it appears tragically unable to bare weight. Looks great though.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I think it looks great, but I think you should have continued with the pine from top to bottom on the interior of the sides. It just looks a bit odd to stop, start and stop again, especially when the centre panel is (I assume as can’t see right to the top) all the way from top to bottom.

    • The one Who Made This says:

      If you want to use pine up the sides, that is fine, but in order to use the shelves, without having to do many modifications, you need them to use the IKEA pegs system. Putting pine over all of the holes would mean you could not have shelves, unless you used another hanging system.
      You actually don’t notice it in real life, as the baskets on the shelves cover those areas anyways.

  3. Anonymous says:

    ^ That’s what I was wondering, because you couldn’t pay me to sit on that thing.

  4. Syl. says:

    I like the makeover of the billy, however I have a question!

    Are you making the bench shelf stronger to be able to support the weight of a person? or is a decoration bench?

    • The One Who Made This says:

      I did not add anything structurally to the bench. IKEA specs say 66 lbs. My kid is 4 and only weights 30ish. It’s not the type of place a larger person would even want to sit… so it is not an issue. It is mostly aesthetic anyways. You could put another shelf in there to make a shoe cubby I suppose too. I was just going for the locker-look.

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