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    • travelhoppers
    • By travelhoppers 16th May 18, 3:39 PM
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    IKEA Billy Bookcase
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    • 16th May 18, 3:39 PM
    IKEA Billy Bookcase 16th May 18 at 3:39 PM
    Hello,

    I donít know if I have posted this in the right section.

    I want to buy 3 Billy Bookcases and two Oxberg doors from IKEA.

    Will this fit in to a Volvo hatchback car? I am pregnant so my dad will be doing the lifting. Is this a bit too heavy for him to be lifting solely?

    Shall I just fork out the £35 delivery charge? It seems so expensive! I live near the Leeds IKEA.

    Thank you!
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    • TheCyclingProgrammer
    • By TheCyclingProgrammer 16th May 18, 3:55 PM
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    If you look on the IKEA website you will find the packaging dimensions and the weight.

    IME you can fit a fair amount in a hatchback with the rear seats down.

    Only your Dad can be a judge on what he can and can!!!8217;t lift but you may be able to ask for assistance, especially as you are pregnant. Some IKEA boxes can be very heavy though, especially the more expensive and substantial items.
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    • By rach_k 16th May 18, 4:02 PM
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    • 16th May 18, 4:02 PM
    We couldn't get the tall Billy bookcases in our Golf but managed okay with an older A-class.

    I haul the tall ones up and downstairs on my own as the mood takes me and I'm not exactly muscly, but when they are boxed the weight is in a much smaller area so I think possibly harder to lift. They are quite unwieldly, IIRC, as they're long. I depends on your dad, but I would personally be happier helping him even if I was pregnant... in fact I did when I was expecting. They're not dangerously heavy but they could do with two people to stabilise them as you move them. You can, of course, take them out of the boxes once you've paid for them, so if you can get help putting them on the trolley you can unpack them to get them in the car.
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    • By Eenymeeny 17th May 18, 8:15 AM
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    • 17th May 18, 8:15 AM
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    • 17th May 18, 8:15 AM
    We know a local lad who meets customers outside Gateshead Ikea and would put them in his van from your trolley then delivers to your home for a reasonable charge. Booking a few customers in advance in quantity makes it viable for him. Maybe you can find some one similar in your area? Obviously check that they are trustworthy and won't clear off with your new items! As an aside, we've brought loads of Ikea items home in a Golf but it's usually the length that's the problem. Check the length from dashboard to back door.
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    • By onomatopoeia99 17th May 18, 8:25 AM
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    If you think about how tall the bookcases you are buying are, then the length of them packed in a box will be a few cm more. Measure the length you can fit in the back of the car and there will be your answer.

    The full height Billy bookcases are manageable packed by one adult male, in my experience as an adult male, but the weight is enough to make it hard work for a relative weakling like me!
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    • By VfM4meplse 17th May 18, 9:10 AM
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    I consider myself to be the connoisseur of Ikea Billy bookcases. Standard length is 202cm and they are flat packed, so with a bit of manoevering I think it's possible. I managed to get a MALM double bed plus wardrobes into my estate for a friend with plenty of room to spare, the key is to take a helper with strong arms but do measure up first. The greater logistical problem can be making sure all the bits are on stock before you make the trip out.

    Only use the £35 service as a last resort unless you have the patience of a saint. If you do, you might as well buy anything else you need at the same time and have it delivered in one go.
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    • By peachyprice 18th May 18, 8:12 PM
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    Do your front and back seats go flat?

    In my Renault Twingo I have had:
    Hemnes bed
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    Brimnes wardrobe
    Bostrak wardrobe

    All by putting my back and front passenger seats flat.

    If you don't think you can, by going in to store and picking yourself the delivery charge is only £25.
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    • By cddc 18th May 18, 9:17 PM
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    I once got three Billy bookcases into a mk1 Fiat Punto so a Volvo V40 should have no issues.
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    • By mylastpound 18th May 18, 10:37 PM
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    I got the billy bookcase in my little Renault clio with the boot shut from ikea. Don't get me wrong I had to push right against my radio in the front, but it fitted in.
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