Moving into a new apartment in a couple weeks and I'm planning on making the classic brick and plywood shelves to put books and stuff. Any tips for me? Do I have to have it secured to a wall?
Brick-and-board shelves are more of a makeshift, anything-goes project. However:
Securing the shelving to the wall is a good idea, especially in an earthquake-prone area.
Putting the bricks all in vertical lines will stop the boards from bending as much.
Cinder blocks are a good choice, as the stacks for bricks can topple.