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Ikea hacks: 7 inspired ideas to transform your Billy bookcase into a designer piece of furniture


Does your Billy library seem a bit ordinary to you? This is where the Ikea hackers come in, competing in ingenuity to transform basic furniture into unique designer pieces. Our ideas for transforming your library at low cost.

Line the interior with wallpaper

One of the easiest and most affordable ways to transform a Billy bookcase is to simply use wallpaper.

Just choose a wallpaper that matches your style and apply it to the background of the bookcase.

You can also use paint or adhesive paper.

Integrate the Billy bookcase into the wall

For a very elegant custom look, the Billy bookcase can be visually integrated into the wall.

To obtain this rendering, it is necessary to place the bookcase against a wall then to create a formwork all around.

In this way, the piece of furniture seems to be an integral part of the living room.

Install doors to make it a showcase

Billy bookcases can be transformed into a closed storage unit by simply adding doors.

Depending on the desired style, it is possible to install glass doors for a showcase look, or cane doors for a bohemian spirit.

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Glue wooden half dowels

Bringing style to the Billy library sometimes doesn't take much.

For this original and current customization which gives the piece of furniture a lot of charm, all you need to do is provide half dowels that you will have to stick in different places, on the bottom of the bookcase.

The end result is worth it.

Add a ladder to the Billy bookshelf

Another idea for transforming the Billy is to add a ladder.

This will not only give a sleeker look to the bookcase, but also make it easier to access books and items that are installed up high.

For more practicality, it is advisable to fix a rod against which the ladder can slide.

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Add arches to the top for a warmer look

The Billy bookcase has a rather straight and rectilinear appearance.

To gain softness and charm, just add a few arches to the top of the bookcase.

This gives you more refined storage with a rustic look that will fit perfectly into a cozy living room, a reading corner or an office.

Repaint his library Billy

To give a more design and modern look to the Billy bookcase, sometimes all you need is a little paint!

An economical solution that will certainly have its small effect in the living room.

For example, we love this beautiful duck blue, which will bring a cozy, comforting and warm atmosphere to your living room.

Source: lefigaro

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