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IKEA BILLY China Cabinet Hack

IKEA BILLY China Cabinet Hack

I wanted to share my Billy China Cabinet Hack that I recently installed. I had been searching for a couple of years for the perfect china cabinet for my breakfast nook. I wanted it to be tall (vaulted ceilings so everything needs to be tall), approximately 60 inches wide, and no more than 15 inches deep. Glass doors on top and closed storage on the bottom. Also needed integrated lighting and glass shelves. Nothing I found had all of the requirements I needed, so I decided to hack my own. BILLY was exactly what I needed!

Pieces used:

  • BILLY Wide Bookcase x1
  • BILLY Thin Bookcase x2
  • BILLY Wide Extension x1
  • BILLY Thin Extension x2
  • OXBERG Panel/Glass Door x2
  • OXBERG Wooden Door x2
  • OXBERG Small Glass Door x4

Here’s a drawing of the bookcase set-up:

IKEA BILLY China Cabinet Hack - schematic

I glued and screwed all the bookcases together, then attached them to the wall with the anchors provided in the cartons. I added crown molding to the top of the piece and shoe molding to the bottom to give the unit a built-in look. Door knobs that match my kitchen cabinets were used in place of the ones provided. I also used the IKEA DIODER LED lights (2 sets) to add lighting to the cabinet. The lights are plugged into an outlet at the bottom center of the cabinet (I had to cut a hole out of the backing to allow for plugging things in). I put the lights on a remote and the switch is attached to the right side of the cabinet for easy access.

The finished product is 63 inches wide, 96 inches tall (including molding), and 11 inches deep. It has a surprising amount of storage and is even the perfect depth that I can store my KitchenAid stand mixer in there!

I am so happy with the way this project turned out that I have already began planning a BILLY hack for my living room – wall to wall storage with room for a TV in the center.

~ by Julie Rosenthal