The only "problem" I came across is: the Billy was recently updated meaning the holes in the shelfs are no longer 5mm but 3.4mm. This means the glass shelfs "utrusta" don't fit in there like they used to. I just used my drill and widened the wholes where it was needed. I just wish I knew that beforehand.
Check the pictures under the spoiler for how it looks like, just be careful when you drill, I did it pretty carefully and it looked wild at first, but once I put in the shelf it wasn't visible anymore!
So all in all, I prefer the Billy. It comes in different heights and depths (I use 3 big ones and want to add a small one soon).
Just do your research what is available in your country size-wise! Hope these comments will help you find your perfect shelf! Good luck!I just moved and changed my whole setup from Detolf to the Billy. I bought a version in size 80x40x202 cm (Germany). I am currently waiting for the Morliden doors to be restocked but I can already see how these new cabinets improve my collection!
Thanks for the info, I didn't realize Ikea had segregated different versions of Billy by geographical region. Still would have stuck with the 28cm depth version, but that's good to know!
For the Billy users, is keeping dust out mainly by using add-ons with glass doors?
Ikea doors aren't dustproof. It doesn't really matter if it's a Billy, a Besta or something similiar with optional glass doors. You'll always have some gaps. You'll have a bit less dust than in a Detolf, but you still have to clean it every couple weeks. I usually dust my Besta every 2 weeks, every 3 to 4 weeks should be enough though, depending on the environment.
My experience with the MORLIDEN doors is with the right adjustment they can close quite close and I have yet to need to dust anything. However, there is a simple solution to seal it properly: felt strips across the edges of the doors where they rest against the cabinet and the door edges. Easy solution, just been lazy.
I was also looking into the same bookcase (the hemnes one) I wondered that too but the reviews on the Canadian version say it’s solid wood not particle board as to why it is more expensive I would go with the hemnes one as I am going with that one later to place my video games and figures on it but good luck when you do choose one and get it let me know if it’s good quality
I'm in Canada so I can tell you the Canadian version is not hardwood. It's MDF, just like everywhere else. Plenty tough but don't take kindly to reapplying screws.
Something else I'd wish I'd done: the materials let off a wood smell. I'm not sure if letting it air out initally would help, but I put the doors on mine soon after putting it together and filled it, and now whenever I open the doors the smell is there. I still want to see how long it takes to really need dusting though, and don't want to air it out just yet.You definitely need to mount it to the wall. I've had furniture where it's said that and stood just fine by itself, but with the Billy mine would start to tip over and fall forward just with the glass doors open. I didnt have a wall stud where I put mine and used a drywall anchor, and that worked well.
That's good advice I had totally forgotten to mention. The Billy sits upright fine as a bookcase, as it was designed. However, the doors ruin the balance and you MUST, MUST mount these to a wall. The anchor is fairly simple, no different than hanging a particularly heavy picture frame.
The smell is something I have noticed over time and, unfortunately, it still has not gone away yet after at least a year. It's probably due to the unpainted MDF edges of the cabinet and shelves breathing glue VOC's. If it's a big enough issue, you can try solving it by getting a small brush and painting white acrylic over those edges. I'm used to the smell at this point.