Billy The Botcase

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So, let’s kick things off once more. One of things that kept me busy during the past week has been this little DIY project…

It has been a known issue at chez AddAltMode for some time that we have needed alternate storage for our Transformers collection: the shelves above my desk were getting crowded, and Transformers are difficult to dust.

Old open shelving: dusty & crowded

Old open shelving: dusty and crowded. Autobots up top, Decepticons below.

And the rest

And the rest; Predacons, Maximals, Minicons and non-Transformers.

Well, we’ve had to do something about this issue. The solution to our problems came from a famous Swedish furniture company…

Yes, Ingvar Kamprad of Elmtaryd, Agunnaryd’s business had something to sell me: their most popular product[citation needed], Billy the Bookcase. According to the Torygraph, between September 1 2012, and October 25 2012, Ikea managed to sell 503,441 Billy bookcases worldwide – which is a lot of Billys. Aside from cheapness, the Billy had another advantage – I could mount “Oxberg” glass doors on the front for added protection.

As is the way of AddAltMode, I took a few snaps during the building process:

Ikea pictogram

Billy during assembly.We added a Gnedby CD rack on the right to make full use of our alcove space

We added a Gnedby CD rack on the right to make full use of our alcove space.

Doors on, just awaiting the addition of the shelves

The doors are on! Now we’re just awaiting the addition of the shelves, and of course the robots.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Building the Billy and the Gnedby wasn’t too difficult – they’re fairly intuitive anyway, and the only trouble I had with their pictographic instructions was when I struggled to decipher a set of three diagrams explaining something that I thought was so obvious that I didn’t think it needed explanation (un-veneered surfaces go inside, nice shiny ones go outside). Gnedby pinned nicely to Billy with a metal staple thing that was included in the packaging for that express purpose.

Finally, here’s the robot collection (and a smattering of our favourite CDs) arranged on the new shelving:

Finished and filled; we still have space for more, right?

Finished and filled; we still have space for more, right?

With the doors open

With the doors open

Do you want it shelf by shelf?

Top shelf: Seekers & other Cons Next shelf: Team Prime plus Iron Hide (who belongs there anyway really)

Top shelf: Seekers & other Decepticons.
Next shelf: Team Prime plus Ironhide (who belongs there anyway really).

Middle shelf, big cons and Predacons, and for some reason Knock Out.

Middle shelf: Scum and villainy! Bigger Decepticons and Predacons, alongside Knock Out. Also Death’s Head.

Top: Autobots & Dinobots Lower: Kinder Surprise Transformers & other small TFs

Top: Autobots & Dinobots
Lower: Kinder Surprise Transformers & other smaller figures.

Bottom shelf: currently home to the Pacific Rim contingent, they may move if when more TFs appear

Bottom shelf: currently home to the Pacific Rim contingent, they may move if when more Transformers arrive.

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2 thoughts on “Billy The Botcase

    • Thanks we’re really happy with it. Most of our furniture was bought for our old flat & isn’t that great a fit in our house so it’s nice to have something that really fits properly!

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