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?

  • Do you mean a couple bricks stacked, with plywood running on top, then more bricks stacked, etc? Do you happen to have a bunch of bricks laying around? If not, Ikea, Walmart, home improvement stores, etc etc, all have pretty cheap shelves..
    – gregmac
    Apr 4, 2011 at 2:36
  • Yeah that's exactly what I mean. I've got some extra bricks at home that I would be willing to bring up and use.
    – n0pe
    Apr 4, 2011 at 2:37
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    don't think I ever hear "brick and plywood" called "classic" before :)
    – warren
    Apr 4, 2011 at 15:27
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    @warren - classic would be beer crates, brick and plywood is a bit Yuppie
    – mgb
    Apr 26, 2011 at 16:42

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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.

  • thanks for the info. found some other stuff online. this will be fun to make :)
    – n0pe
    Apr 4, 2011 at 16:06

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