Build Your Own IKEA BILLY Server Case

Build Your Own IKEA BILLY Server Case

Kristen Lubbe
Jan 3, 2011

It seems as though just about everyone has a BILLY bookcase in their home these days (we have two). They have proven themselves to be quite useful and have whipped our butts into organized shape. If you're dealing with computer or server clutter, don't fear — there's an IKEA Hack for that.

This is definitely not the first time an IKEA product took front stage as the foundation for server solution; the affordable furniture invites for customization. And the same goes for the IKEA BILLY bookcase. It's easy to hack them into whatever you want them to be, including a place to keep your servers nice and cozy and quiet. Sonia wrote to IKEA Hacker explaining her husbands most recent IKEA hack. He's an electronic engineer and filled their home with computers. Sonia doesn't mind much as long as they are tucked away and not making a ton of noise.

Her husband used scrap MDF and created hinged doors and a small shelving unit at the base of the bookcase to house his servers and other items. He cut a hole in the bottom of the bookcase to allow for ample air flow and also cut holes in the bottom half of the bookcase to accomodate cords. We love that he included a power cord inside the bookcase, so there are minimal cords exiting through the back. In between each newly built compartment is noise absorbing foam to help keep the servers quiet.

The build didn't take up too much space, so with the addition of extra shelves — the BILLY can still be used to store other household items.

Images: Sofia, Hobart

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