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IKEA Billy vs Hemnes BookcaseIKEA Billy vs Hemnes BookcaseAsk MFC

AimathystAimathyst2 kuukautta sitten
Hello my friends and fellow figure collectors!

I'm looking to upgrade my figure display cases, and I am between either the IKEA Billy bookcase www.ikea.com/us... or the Hemnes bookcase www.ikea.com/us...

Price-wise, the Billy is more appealing to me since it's $237 vs the Hemnes at $427. However, the Billy is also sold out at all of the IKEA stores near me and won't be in stock for several months, whereas the Hemnes is available now. I do like the fact that the Hemnes is made out of solid wood and appears more durable, but I wanted to see if any of you have a preference for either of the two!

Also, if you have any photos of your figures displayed in either the Billy or Hemnes, I would love to see them as well :)

Thanks for your input, and happy figure collecting!
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Billy or Hemnes

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If you go to my profile my latest uploaded pics are from my figures in Billys. (uploaded them for someone also debating about what display to get^^)
Hope they help with deciding.
2 kuukautta sitten
I wouldn’t recommend HEMNES for figure display because it is a bookcase with protruding design. If you were to put multiple of them next to each other, you’d lose a bit of space each time and get small gaps in between.

BILLY on the other hand is flexible and comes with lots of modification purposes. We have between 10-20 of them, half with glass doors for figures and half with extra shelves for manga. We’ve modified ours a lot. We use glass shelves in the figure ones and we’ve combined the bookcases with OMLOPP lights because they’re discreet. Had to do some drilling for that. We also use window insulation on them to minimise dust. I’ve also designed my own hinges that we’ve used to angle some in certain ways.

So while the BILLY has lower quality, it is something that can be modified a lot. I believe that as a collector, that’s desirable in display furniture.
2 kuukautta sitten
I vote for the Billy - I've got four (two short wide ones for books, two tall narrow ones for figures). There's just something about the ultimate simplicity of its design. It really lets the display pieces dominate, without any suggestion of its own.
2 kuukautta sitten
Also want to put in my two cents for the GERSBY! Great cheap shelves that hold up surprisingly well and aren't too deep!
2 kuukautta sitten
rogue_g2 kuukautta sitten#80032132However, 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.

Might have to try this. Thanks for the tip. I just hope that the adhesive tape sticks better to the wood than the one from the LEDs I had installed for a while.
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hadalisii2 kuukautta sitten#79995762I 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!
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!

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!

BlackApplePlus2 kuukautta sitten#79996071For the Billy users, is keeping dust out mainly by using add-ons with glass doors?
D_A_R2 kuukautta sitten#80026617Ikea 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.

Rikoei2 kuukautta sitten#80031780I 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.

Serakretis2 kuukautta sitten#80031990You 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.
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.

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.
2 kuukautta sitten
Unless you're getting something with glass doors, you can get regular bookcases similar to those at Target or Walmart for like $40. You'd need about 2 to match the width of the ones linked, but they have the ability to adjust shelf level allowing you to fit a wider variety of figures. Just my objective opinion.
2 kuukautta sitten
I don't have a Hemnes, but I got my first Billy bookcase a little over 4 months ago (Black-Brown, Morliden doors, 31 1/2x11 3/4x79 1/2"). I'm mostly happy with it, though I did not enjoy putting it together, and I do wish I could fit more figures on it.

I'd looked at the Detolf as well, but was too freaked out over the small chance of getting one that would randomly explode one day. Figures are too expensive for me to want to take the risk.

I really wanted something with glass for visibilty and that was enclosed for slowing dust buildup. Unfortunately the glass ended up being way more reflective than I thought, and due to the lighting in my room there's awful glare from a lot of angles. The divider down the middle you get from the doors is pretty annoying if you have a figure in the middle, but could be worse. It's done very well for dust though as I haven't had to dust it even once yet. There's a light visible layer on the shelves now that I have to look closely to see (it may help that they're the darker ones). I'm hoping to only ever have to dust it 1-2 times a year now compared to every 1-2 weeks, and I wasn't able to even get the doors adjusted perfectly for closing the gaps.

I mainly have 1/7th and 1/8th scale figures in mine with a few 1/6ths. I'm not taking advantage of risers or anything yet, but for some of the larger figures (ex. big bases or with spread out arms/hair) I'm only able to comfortably fit 4 on a shelf. There's not enough depth to create two solid rows for figures with larger bases. I've been able to stagger some diagonally to fit more though. I have one shelf with 6 1/8ths and a larger 1/7th.

I had a lot of trouble putting mine together. I don't like the way the hinges attach to the door frame (wedged into the frame, not even sure how the screws keep it together outside of friction, seems sturdy though). I gave up trying to put the door handles on because of how much force it was taking. Adjusting the doors for the gaps was a complete hassle: there's something like 3 screws you tighten/loosen for adjusting, and they all seem to fight each other. I even managed to adjust one too far inwards and it fell out of the hinge, and was a pain to get back in.

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.

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.
2 kuukautta sitten
PAX frame (14" depth) is also a nice option if you're looking for something relatively cheap.
2 kuukautta sitten
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
2 kuukautta sitten
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