Secret Billy Bureau

Here’s a “bureau” with a desk that hides away completely away – made out of a Billy bookcase. Great for a narrow space.

Items used:

  • 1 x Billy bookcase (with doors of course)
  • 1 x Extra Billy shelf
  • 2 x L brackets
  • 2 x Flush cabinet hinges
  • 2 x Friction hinges

The desk part is just a full-size Billy shelf. Cut about 2 cm off the width so it clears the gap when the doors are open.

BILLY bureau

Attach shelf as desk

Cut 2 cm off the back of one of the existing shelves. (This gives room for the doors to close when the desk is folded up). Fix the shelf in place using L brackets.

Attach the desk to the shelf using flush cabinet hinges.

Use friction hinges (approx. £15 a pair,) which support the desk when upright or folded down and give a smooth opening and closing action.

Friction hinges

Desk folded up

Add a power strip and that’s it.

BILLY bureau workspace in a BILLY bookcase

Hide your workspace in a BILLY bookcase

Secret BILLY Bureau

~ Andrew Wood

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