Billy bookshelf gave way!

Singapore
August 20, 2007 12:28am CST
So today one of the shelves in my ikea billy bookshelf gave way. FLOP. and caused one of my tealight holders (glass) to smash to smithereens. just a note of caution to ikea fans and billy bookshelf fans (i have three). do not put heavy bookends at the middle. the little metal things that prop the shelf up on either ends is wont to bend through the little holes that you stick them in. it's chipboard after all, so don't expect too much from your ikea shelf. so far I'm still quite happy with my billy bookcases. afterall, i wouldn'tbe able to get anything similar for teh same price. and a few of my friends had billies that lasted for at least 5 years, so once they outlast the 5 years, I'd be happy to get replacements i think. sing with me now... nothing lasts forever.... do you have any ikea furniture? has it held up so far, assuming you've not been overloading it?
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@mamasan34 (6521)
• United States
23 Aug 07
We have no Ikea stores here in my area, but I have been to their website and really like their furniture because it is a fair price. I have heard that their furniture is worth the price and it is very attractive. If in the future I ever do buy bookshelves from them, I will certainly heed your warning, and I am so sorry to hear of the destruction of your bookcase shelf! :(
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• Singapore
23 Aug 07
yeah, sometimes it's fun just to walk around ikea even if you dont need to buy anything.
@mamasan34 (6521)
• United States
27 Aug 07
Not me, if I walk around a store, i end up buying something because I have a problem with being a compulsive buyer! hahaha!
@ahgong (10066)
• Singapore
23 Aug 07
I do have ikea furniture. And knowing that they are chipboard, I do not load them. Usually for display pieces and decorative supports for the little nooks and crannies around the home. For bookshelves, I still prefer those sturdy ones from the neighborhood stores. Ikea furniture is good generally. Their chairs are quite comfortable. And the prices they offer them at, are quite good, considering the modern designs that they come in. Their other furniture like bookshelves, wardrobes, tables...etc are especially good if you are living in a rental apartment or a place that is not permanent. Cheap to buy and set up quickly due to its modular designs.
• Singapore
23 Aug 07
that's very wise, not to overload. but books are always heavy so best to get sturdier bookshelves when i am richer.
@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
21 Aug 07
I love Ikea products. We do have two black-brown sturdy book shelves and several floor lamps from then as well as frames and other knick knacks. They are all fairly new so hopefully they should last a long time.
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• Singapore
22 Aug 07
yes they are cheap and trendy - one of my favourite stores. i just bought one shadow box as well - much cheaper than outside. all the best!
@twilight021 (2060)
• United States
20 Aug 07
My Boyfriend and I have 2 Flark Bookshelves. Right new they are holding DVD's and a few knick nacks...I know he would be heart broken if anything happened to any of the kickknacks, as they are largely his character busts (comic book characters) and they are worth a bit of money. Thank you for the heads up. When I get home today I will check to be sure thing shelves aren't overloaded. I'm sorry to hear about tyoue tes-light holder. Are you able to get another one? Sometime you can find things on the internet even if they don't have them in stores.
• Singapore
22 Aug 07
I managed to prop it up again, this time with only two photo frames on the shelf. no 5kg bookends this time for my fragile shelf!
@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
20 Aug 07
Oh dear, I have never heard of billy bookshelves before, we have Ikea stores here in Melbourne but I can't say I have bought anything from them as you seem to have to put everything together yourself which I am not good at, thats too bad that it fell down, just as well as you were not displaying a whole lot of antiques or crystal ware....thanks for the alert...
• Singapore
22 Aug 07
I always get the ikea folks to put it together for me. they only charge 5% of the retail price of that piece of furniture which is great! specialisiation is the way to go man. no point me knocking around for half a day when they can do it in 10 mins.