IKEA's new BILLY bookcase add-on is just what I've been looking for to upgrade my apartment's storage – and it costs just $40

For a more organized home, this new product that you can add onto an existing Billy bookcase is going to change everything

A living room with a small white bookcase against a wall with a pull out drawer with wheels at the bottom
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IKEA's BILLY bookcase is an international household staple. Simple, versatile, and budget-friendly, there's a reason this flatpack icon is the Scandi brand's most popular piece of furniture. Its deep shelves have offered ample storage space for our books and decorative objets for the past 45 years, but now, after IKEA released its latest range, it has a cool new feature. 

Sometimes we want to carefully curate our shelves, displaying everything on them so that they become, quite literally, part of the furniture. When storing items that don't contribute to our overall design, however, we'd rather keep them out of sight for a clutter-free space. A more organized home is on everyone's radar right now, and functional furniture that maximizes storage is absolutely vital to achieving that. That's why the introduction of the modular BILLY drawer with castors is, in my opinion, the best innovation since sliced bread. 

It's like an IKEA Billy bookcase hack, but for you don't have to pick up any power tools or a paintbrush. Here, we take a closer look.

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Lilith Hudson

Lilith is an expert at following news and trends across the world of interior design. She's committed to sharing articles that help readers find the best budget buys and hacks that make organizing your home simple. Here, she takes a look at the new BILLY bookcase drawer, perfect for maximizing storage in small spaces

A living room with a large white BILLY bookcase with a drawer with wheels at the bottom

(Image credit: IKEA)

There's nothing I enjoy more than decorating the BILLY bookcase in my living room, so much so that every season I spend a slow Sunday morning reshuffling my decor for a fresh shelving idea. There are some items - my collection of folio books, frames photos, and my favorite vase - that always take pride of place, but there are always a few imposters that have found their way in between - piles of letters, household bills, and board games being the common offenders. 

Until now, the BILLY bookcase with cabinet doors was the best solution for hiding the stuff you don't want to see, but it did cause you to lose the convenient open shelving we all crave in a busy living space. We've all grown to love the BILLY height extension units too, but adding more storage isn't always the answer; instead, we want to maximize what's already there. Well, the BILLY drawer is the trusty storage solution that does just that. 

This nifty drawer comes with fitted castors so that it can easily roll into your existing BILLY bookcase, turning the lower shelf into a closed storage space for all those more unsightly items you don't want on display. Measuring 31 1/2 x 11 x 16 7/8 inches, it's designed to fit the 31½ inches wide and 11-inch deep BILLY bookcase

Birds eye view of a white bookcase with an opened wheel out drawer at the bottom

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The BILLY's adjustable shelves allow you to decide the drawer's volume and function. Simply place the last shelf in line with the drawer front for fully closed storage or lower it to get a good grip on the drawer. 

The wheels, which are white in color so they don't stand out, neatly tuck into the recessed bottom panel so they're barely noticeable (and not a trip hazard!). They make it super easy to smoothly pull out the drawer, with mounted drawer slides that prevent it from being pulled out too far by smaller hands that are within reach. It also means you don't have to worry about overloading your drawer, as it'll always have a bit of support from these handy wheels. 

Easy to install and priced at just $40, it's a no-brainer if you're looking to improve your living room storage and already have a BILLY. 

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Color & Trends Editor

Lilith Hudson is the Color & Trends Editor at Livingetc. Writing news, features, and explainers for our digital platform, she's the go-to person for all the latest micro-trends, interior hacks, and color inspiration you need in your home. Lilith discovered a love for lifestyle journalism during her BA in English and Philosophy at the University of Nottingham where she spent more time writing for her student magazine than she did studying. After graduating, she decided to take things a step further and now holds an MA in Magazine Journalism from City, University of London, with previous experience at the Saturday Times Magazine, Evening Standard, DJ Mag, and The Simple Things Magazine. At weekends you'll find her renovating a tiny one-up, one-down annex next to her Dad's holiday cottage in the Derbyshire dales where she applies all the latest design ideas she's picked up through the week.