Published on April 30th, 2013 | by Jules Yap


Brightening up a boring Billy Bookcase

Materials: Billy Bookcase and Ikea fabric

Description: I have a very small living space so I found the Ikea Billy bookshelf which was tall and narrow and suited my space perfectly. It is very box like and needed a bit of livening up so I applied fabric to the backing panel and it looks fantastic.

Simply build the bookshelf structure and then before you place the shelves in – apply fabric / wallpaper/ stencil or any kind of material to the backing section.

This can be done with double sided tape or by cutting some cardboard to size and covering that and then placing it in the bookcase.

Lastly secure the shelves in place and this will hold your fabric backing firmly in the right spot.

It definitely adds a bit of character to a very basic bookcase and can be easily interchanged with new patterns as your taste changes.

~ Rebecca, QLD Australia

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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".

7 Responses to Brightening up a boring Billy Bookcase

  1. Kaylyn says:

    How many yards of fabric did you use?

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  3. Laurel says:

    very attractive idea and creative.

  4. This is a simple idea that has been replicated all over the place. But it’s the eye for a great pattern that makes your quick hack a real triumph! The fabric you chose is bold and uncluttered. You’ve arranged it in such a way that it appears to have been designed as an integral part of the bookcase. Absolutely fabulous! It looks great!

  5. Anonymous says:

    So easy
    and so great!!

  6. Wanda says:

    What a difference the bold, graphic fabric makes. I love it! Thanks for sharing :)

  7. Annemiek says:

    Very nice!!

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