Published on November 28th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


BILLY gets a bar

Materials: BILLY

Description: Please join BILLY and I for a drink

I love to invite friends over for game night. While playing we love to eat and drink good together. That is why I decided to turn my BILLY bookcase into at BILLY bar cabinet.

I took the smart and easy way out andI turned to Parts of Sweden where you find a complete package for the BILLY bar cabinet (link no longer available).

How to:

I went online and ordered the complete package, a mirror and some green furniture foil. First I put the foil on the back of the BILLY. This way my BILLY is the star of my family room and it loves to be in the centre of attention!

Before you get started with the bar cabinet read the brief instructions thoroughly. The paper with the manual also includes a smart template showing where to drill. It works perfectly.

First mount the mirror on the back of the bookcase. Set the mirror on the fixed shelf that is in the middle of a high bookshelf. NOTE: The mirror is not included in the package, so do not miss it! Please note that the back of my BILLY is green.

On the back of the mirror glass is tape protected with protective paper. Remove the protective paper and press the mirror glass gently against the bookshelf cover.

Time to mark out and screw one half of the hinges, “mounting plates” as it appears on the description. Take the description that also has a template.

Place the template provided and press with an awl through the paper where it is checked for holes. Remove the template and screw the half hinge in the holes you made with the awl.

Put the bar-door flat on a clean surface. Place the other half of the hinges in the large holes.

Now, mount the flap hinges on the sides of the cabinet. Note that there is one for the left and one for the right side and they are different! Mount the flap hinges on the bar door as well.

Fitting the locking magnet. You should mount this on the upper shelf edge. Remove the rack from the shelf and place it on a flat, clean surface. Measure the center of the bottom. Keep locking magnet so that it comes about 20 mm from the front edge of the shelf. Mark the screw holes with an awl and then screw locking magnet.

Replace the shelf, measure exactly and mark the inside of the bar-door as well. Then attached the locking magnet on the bar-door. Use the awl to make it easier to screw in the mounting plate.

Now all you have to do is:
Invite your friends, turn on some Swedish House Mafia and ask: would you like an Absolute Greyhound?

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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".

5 Responses to BILLY gets a bar

  1. Unknown says:

    Sorry for ranting, but…. 125 Euros for a pair of hinges and a piece of wood :-) Can’t be too surprised they “offer” free world wide delivery!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thats a great idea. Cant wait to see it :D

  3. Anonymous says:

    I was thinking of doing something similar to create a desk in my room and still have enough storage space

  4. Anonymous says:

    Bar: €125
    Mirror: €44
    Green foil: €20/meter

    And now they have world wide free delivery :D

    See more below:

  5. Anonymous says:

    That’s amazing. Can you asstimate the costs?

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