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Published on November 7th, 2013 | by Jules Yap




Materials: Billy, Komplement

Description:  This is the story : our first baby was born about 4 months ago, so it was time that her room was set up. There was a corner available to install a wardrobe and I wanted it to fit perfectly. So I started looking at all the models on the Ikea website (I’ve made several hacks before in my former apartments and didn’t know your site by then) and they were all at least 50 cm deep. My corner only could accept 40, so I had to make something up : There is one deep (40 cm) and wide (80 cm) Billy bookcase that would have fitted perfectly but it isn’t made for clothes.


So I cut a Komplement clothes rail to the right size, I changed the handles for others that I had, added a few baskets and Voila!

~ Pablo, Vernon-Giverny (near Paris), France

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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".

6 Responses to From BILLY to BABY

  1. Vanessa says:


    I know it’s been a while since you posted this, but I bought the same bookcase as a closet and I am now looking for baby hangers that are going to fit. So where are your hangers from??

    It would be really nice if you can answer me and have a nice day!

  2. Abe says:

    I’m not ssure why but this site is loading incredibly slow for me.
    Is anyone else having this issue or is it a problem on my end?

    I’ll check back later and ssee if the problem still exists.

  3. Anne LK says:

    That is a great use of a Billy. So often the little ones need more shelf space than hanging anyhow.

  4. Sara says:

    I use Billy for my shoes :D

    Sara (Turin, Italy)

  5. Erica says:

    Hi! I have 3 Billy bookshelves and I would love to do this!! I would like to know how you managed with the doors. Thanks!

  6. nico says:

    thank you so much for this inspiration. i have one older billy in the basement, that i had no use for currently, and i have a three year old that needs a closet… bling bling bling!!! perfect!

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