Published on July 9th, 2013 | by IH guest


Sleep in a BILLY

Materials: 2xBILLY; 1xFLELLSE (bed)

Description: I couldn’t make a decision if I’d use the space for a big bookshelf or a bed, big enough for two guest because I really needed both.

I built a frame to hide the upright modified bed and attached it to the wall.
The BILLY-bookshelves are on wheels and open like doors.

The pictures show better how it works!

~ frodnon, Germany

Industrialized Stolmen
Billy gets tipsy

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19 Responses to Sleep in a BILLY

  1. ernest says:

    What kind of wheels did you use and how did you install them for the billy book cases to look like they are sitting on the floor directly?

  2. Alaia says:

    I wish my landlord and I had thought of this before we built and installed my Murphy bed. It makes sense for the space, I have no space for books.

  3. yvonne says:

    Hi, I see that you have been asked several time for more instructions, would it be possible to get that. I need to build something that is cheap and easy (it looks doable to me).

    Hope for a positive response!

    Kind regards,

  4. vickie says:

    I think this is awesome!!!! And some people are nuts! Do they honestly think you are going to close the bookcases and shut somebody up in there? where do these people live any way? Your idea inspires me very much. Thanks for the great tip!

  5. Leslie says:

    What kind of wheels did you mount on this? Where did you purchase them? Thanks!

  6. CBrown says:

    Can you post step by step instructions on how you were able to complete this? Did you have to purchase an additional murphy bed mount kit?

  7. Julie says:

    I would like to know how heavy or hard it is to pull down and then lift the bed? Would need this for elderly person. Thanks. It looks like a great idea.

    • Jonas says:

      It is easier than I thougt. My girlfriend is very small and light but she can do easily. For smaller people I would recommend to put the fixation (when the bed is up) lower.

  8. Mooniekate says:

    I love it! You could even make a false front for one of the shelves on each case and cut out the back board so that whoever is sleeping in there has a bedside table sort of thing, maybe with some strip lighting or push lights, where they can put an alarm clock, or their phone, or their glasses. That would be cool. I would decorate the backs of the cases with some interesting fabric, so the sides aren’t rough for sleepers.

  9. virginie says:

    Bonjour, j’aimerais fabriquer le même que vous je suis de France, pourriez vous m’aider?

    Bien Sincèrement


  10. Suzy O'Shea says:

    I bet your guests don’t stay long. It must be like sleeping in a cave. They have to shunt down to the foot of the bed just to get up. Clever use of space though!


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  12. Rune says:

    Can you tell us the dimensions of the visible part of the frame hiding the bed? Seems like there might be room for a Benno CD/DVD-shelf (073.053.10) on either side, adding additional storage and concealing the frame even more. Would be nice to be sure :)

  13. Cammie Sizemore says:

    please provide more details-this is an amazing hack!

  14. Emil says:

    Is the full weight of the bookshelf put on hinges? Isn’t it heavy to open?

    • Eva says:

      The BILLYS have wheels mounted to them, so there’s no weight the hinges have to actually hold, they just keep the BILLYS in place, so to say. I’d guess the hinges used in this hack couldn’t hold the weight of an empty bookshelf but since they’re not meant to anyway, it’s just fine to use them.

      btw: nice hack, compatriot! :)

  15. Dayna says:

    Can you post more photos of how you mounted the bed? This is amazing.

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