If moving away to uni involved finding a cheap flat and filling it with even cheaper furniture, there's a strong chance you had at least one of Ikea's Billy bookcases. The Billy has been one of Ikea's most iconic – and cheapest – pieces for over 30 years, and it's now getting some upgrades to help improve its quality and appearance.
Available starting this August, the upgraded Billy will include a new veneer with improved durability, scratch resistance and, and a look more closely resembling real wood. The shelves have been reinforced, so they can easily support the heaviest of tomes, while the number of visible screw holes has been reduced. There will also be glass shelves available, and rounded edges over the entire piece to improve safety. [Ikea]