Published on February 22nd, 2013 | by Contributor


Billy, the bedside table and shoes keeper

bedside table and shoe closet


When we moved into our new apartment, we needed some place to keep our shoes in our bedroom, and also bedside tables that matched our MALM low bed. But it is always so much trickier with sloping walls…

After some complex trigonometry operations :P , I found out that the BILLY wall shelves were the right height for our bed when placed against the sloping walls. So, I did the following:

bedside table and shoe closet

bedside table and shoe closet

bedside table and shoe closet

bedside table and shoe closet

1. Went to IKEA. Bought 2 BILLY wall shelves to put on each side of the bed. Also bought 5 BILLY OLSBO glass doors.

2. In order to hide the contents of the shelves and to match the glazed doors of my PAX, I cut and put auto-adhesive semi opaque foil on each door.

3. I assembled one of the shelves following the instructions, but due to the irregular shape of the room, I had to reduce the other shelf to 2 cubbies because it did not fit on one of the sides. I cut it using a saw and attached the side of the shelf using regular screws.

4. Cut four slats to the shelves size, two for each shelf, and glued them to the bottom to prevent the doors from touching the floor when opened.

5. Attached the doors to the shelves following the instructions and… voila! :)

~ Carla, Germany

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11 Responses to Billy, the bedside table and shoes keeper

  1. Anonymous says:

    isn’t it a bit smelly?i mean you walk on the streets with the shoes,you sweat in them,and besides that they are dirty why on earth put them next to your head?it would be a good idea for a furniture in the hall,or yard or even inside a wardrobe,but definetaly not next to your head….just saying

    • Carla says:

      They are not smelly, in my case. Otherwise I would not put them next to my head, obviously :) But you can use it to store anything you like, it’s just that we needed some space for the shoes and the Billy happened to be the right size.

  2. Deco Review says:

    Sloping walls can be a big nuisance. Anyway your hack is nice.

  3. Betsey says:

    Great idea! I always have shoes lying around my bedroom that are screaming for a place to be put away.

  4. Very stylish and minimalist – what’s the total cost of building this?

    • Carla says:

      Well, the Billy wall shelves are €39 each and the Olsbo glass doors €20 each (prices in Germany). Then you have to add the cost of the wooden slats, which is pretty minimal, and a roll of auto-adhesive foil. Also you have to add the glue, and the screws if you want to shorten your Billy. That’s about it.

  5. Sarah Park says:

    Very resourceful idea. And it looks so good beside your bed.

  6. Laurel says:

    I like this idea very much. Good use of space and it looks good as well.

  7. Black Knight Rebel says:

    Although not an Ikea Hack, I find those vertical closet hanging shoe organizers way more useful since they stay hidden in the closet. Not saying this isn’t a sweet hack, but for shoes I think there are better solutions than cluttering the night stand. I might use this idea to store other stuff by the bed, maybe a pair of slippers.

    Something like this is what I’m talking about:

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