Ikea Billy Figure Display Project

The Reason For My Figure Display Choice

You’ll find it hard to believe but I spent about 4-6 months mulling over how I want to make my first official figure display debut online.

There is a great range of displays that all have their pros and cons. Most easily accesible and budget friendly places to get your hands on some display cases without shelling thousands on professional level displays would be building your very own through Ikea’s furniture collection.

Options that exist to you (from least expensive to most expensive):

  • Starting at $59.99/pc – Detolf – the crowd favorite
    • There are other glass based displays to choose from but Detolf is by far the most budget friendly and great looking alternative of the bunch
  • Starting at $69.99+/pc – Billy Book Case – my display of choice
  • Starting at $85.00+/pc – Besta – most expensive but great for large scale statue

“With budget and aesthetics in mind, why not settle for a Detolf case?” – For a multitude of reasons, I couldn’t seem to accept just getting a detolf.

  1. Everyone has it (boring)
  2. I found it to be flimsy
  3. Not ideal for housing a above mid-sized collection
  4. Dust and Detolf’s are best friends
  5. With emphasis on Number 4 above…

“So Why The Billy Book Case System?” – Based on my current configured setup:

  1. Great for that dead corner space since its a corner display setup
  2. Will keep your figures as dust free as possible with the doors on the shelves
  3. Will keep your figures safe from prying hands
  4. The glass doors have very small bezels which will provide maximum open visibility for your collection
  5. If you opt with this lighting setup, prepare to be envied (I’m assuming that’s the effect you are looking for. I know I am)
  6. The single Billy center piece is excellent for storing those manga’s, CD/DVD/Bluray/you name it you got it things

Continue below as I take you through my first foray into Ikea’s Billy storage units for My Anime Figure Collection

The Billy Book Case System

Billy storage units have come a long way. I won’t bore you on the numbers and the history of those majestic shelves.

You already know its legendary prowess and the ability to store everything that would have otherwise made its home on your home floor or on that desk you could never really find your way around. (You know who I am talking about…)

The Billy storage sadly used to come with much deeper shelving units. In a successful effort to ditch the waste (I call it cost savings) they shortened the depth of the units WHILE still selling them at TOP DOLLAR. Kind of a jip if you ask me but I digress.

For the price point, aesthetics, color choices and the modding potential Billy Shelving system from Ikea that it brings to the table. It seemed like a very natural choice for me in this instance over other popular units such as the true and tried Besta and Detolf.

Yuuki’s Configuration and Cost Shopping Guide

  • Description
  • Billy Bookcase (White)
  • Morliden Glass Door
  • Billy Glass Shelf
  • Billy Bookcase (White)
  • Billy Corner Fittings
  • Omlopp Shelving Light
  • Ansluta Power Supply Cord
  • Ansluta Electronic Transformer
  • Ansluta Remote Control
  • Grand Total (before tax):
  • Grand Total Without Lighting Setup (before tax):
  • Article Number
  • 002.638.50
  • 002.638.50
  • 102.867.52
  • 502.638.38
  • 401.041.09
  • 902.883.42
  • 301.214.11
  • 502.883.39
  • 802.883.28
  • Grand Total (before tax):
  • Grand Total Without Lighting Setup (before tax):
  • Unit Cost
  • $69.00
  • $40.00
  • $20.00
  • $59.00
  • $5.00
  • $12.99
  • $7.99
  • $35.00
  • $15.00
  • Grand Total (before tax):
  • Grand Total Without Lighting Setup (before tax):
  • Quantity Required
  • 2
  • 4
  • 8
  • 1
  • 1
  • 18
  • 1
  • 2
  • 1
  • Grand Total (before tax):
  • Grand Total Without Lighting Setup (before tax):
  • Subtotal
  • $138.00
  • $160.00
  • $160.00
  • $59.00
  • $5.00
  • $233.82
  • $7.99
  • $70.00
  • $15.00
  • $848.81
  • $537.00

Here Are Some Of My Suggestions

Before you begin doing what I’m doing or if you are drawing inspiration from my build, as mentioned above, I spent 4-6 months planning. You ought to do the same first or you might regret your purchase.

  • Consider the size of your collection
    • My setup is excellent for above mid-sized (about 70-80 figures)
  • Consider the color of the cabinets/shelves
    • My setup is white because I heard that figures blend into black (I’d probably would have enjoyed black better but keep in mind it’s more expensive)
  • Consider if you want to go for a lighting setup and budget separately for that
    • Don’t skimp on the lighting. If you plan to do it go all out or forget about the lighting. It’s hard to re-add more lights after you build the case and launch the figures onto the shelves.
  • Budget, Budget, Budget.
    • It’s important to setup a budget for yourself. Build something that will make sense for you and your collection