Sandbox plans that include cool features like a rolling cover tint and fog system water station and toybox. You’ll want a sandbox large enough to accommodate both your children and their friends and to give them all room to play. To facilitate the cover fold-back ability, planks are joined together in pairs or more and feature clever opening mechanisms that give the DIY sandbox project an appealing look as well as functionality, when fully open. Check out this collection of sandbox plans to find one that fits your budget and style.
I later learned that places like Home Depot let their wood get wet so it’s more prone to bowing and cracking. I don’t know anything about wood, so when I walked in to Home Depot I made a beeline for someone in an orange apron. He loves it, and so do I. Make no mistake, the surround seating wasn’t for him, it was for me. I didn’t want a sandbox with tiny corner seats. I also started with the third board that is attached to the hinge and worked toward the end of the sandbox.
That isn’t called out in the plans for smaller versions of this, but I added it because the boards would have snapped without it. That 2×4 is fastened both to the 2×10 walls and the 1×8. If everything came out OK, you should be able to just fold the bench seat down on top of the sandbox creating its cover. You’ll receive detailed materials lists, step by step instructions and everything we can’t fit into the video! I’m not a handy guy, but I was able to build this exact sandbox in two weekends with my dad. Check out this collection of sandbox plans that you can customize to fit your yard space.
Just a note, pressure treated lumber no longer contains arsenic or chromium, so it’s safe to use for building a sandbox. Many other sandbox plans online show the fabric being attached to the inside walls of the box. The nature of the DIY sandbox requires it to remain outdoors and thus pressure treated wood is preferable as it enables the children to outgrow it. I’m in the middle of building a sandbox out of one of the garden boxes I’m no longer using-and this really helped.
Home Depot has a deal that let me have their truck for free twice – once for the wood and once for the sand. The sandbox lid can be removed and is supported with 2X4 boards – the sisal rope handles were attached using heavy duty fence nails. The shelter or chevron roof has entirely been supported by 4 wooden pillars, decide the healthy looking pallet boards or lengths for building pillars as they are handle lot of weight over! To determine how much sand you will need, use this formula: Multiply the length x width x depth (don’t fill it all the way to the top), and then divide that number by 27. This will give you the amount of sand in cubic feet you’ll need to fill your sandbox.
Animal waste, bird dropping and organic matter (leaves and twigs) can turn a sandbox into a bacteria hazard. So if you look closely at the area the bench legs rest, they’ve worn their own grooves in the ground. Make sure your sandbox is easily within the line of sight so that the adults watching the children can keep an eye on them. Shock cords are sewn into corners and sides of cover and used by pulling on to notches in sandbox. I’ve never heard of such a thing, but anyway, I just ran out back and did a test of our Home Depot sand (it’s actually Quikete Play Sand ). I’ve create all moldable forms for a complete test!
Each corner comes with a beefy wooden pillar, fixed there to support the sandbox shelter or chevron roof! The concrete base of a massive 5,000-gallon water tank was reused to create this sandbox. These plans have been sitting on my computer for weeks, waiting patiently for me get pictures of my sand box to accompany them. This DIY sand area (not really a box) will take your just few hours (or less) to make.
We started by digging up the area we were going to make the sandbox in. There used to be a fence here with a cinder-block footing, so we were able to use some of the concrete footing as 2 of the walls of the sandbox. I decided to stick with a 4′ x 4′ sandbox since that’s enough to suit our needs. The style and location of your sandbox can help to set the tone for your child’s play.
Sandbox projects come in a variety of sizes and shapes but most importantly, they are the easiest DIY projects you could ever undertake. This one is made better by the addition of a small adjacent seating area – parents have easy access to playing kids, but when the sandbox isn’t in use, it’s not a focal point. There’s a smooth hardboard slide with a sandbox at the bottom, and another sandbox underneath the platform, in the shade. A natural area as a playspace has an advantage over a stand-alone, off-the-shelf product because it’s more easily folded into an overall landscape design.
Well, if your sandbox is the same size as mine (8′ x 5′) you need to buy 4 2x6s that are 8 feet long. We were looking for plans to make a sandbox for this summer…this one is perfect! This type of sandbox project includes a lid that folds outwards and therefore requires additional wood pieces. We painted the rusty roof of the shed bright blue, and covered the whole thing with a coat of clear varnish. Using this new design idea, we built the playdeck just like a deck with a reinforced structure underneath using 2X6X10 lumber.
The childrens sandbox kits shown below are easy to assemble and will go together in an afternoon. Attach the three slats that will make up the first segment of the top cover / bench seat. Completed DIY sandpit w benches and palpebra and beach umbrella We decided to go with the plans from Ana White’s. Next, you might want to add a bench by simply placing a piece of wood on one of the corners and screwing it down. It’s water-proof and if in a few years when the sandbox needs to be repainted or re-stained, the straps could be swapped out easily enough. Place each triangle onto a corner of the box and pre-drill a hole through each corner of the triangle bench before screwing them down.
I hope this helps others with their sandbox as well, particularly how much sand to buy. Considering a comparably-sized commercially sold sandbox would be at least that much without sand, I think that’s pretty good. Mike also told me that I could call the Pro Desk at Home Depot with my order, including the lengths to which I needed everything cut, then pick it up later that day.
Plans call for off the shelf dimensional lumber, mostly 2x4s, and standard screw joints. I was amazed to see the cats wiggling their way in and out of the smallest gaps left unsnapped, and the kids rarely covered it right on their own. You’ll want the bottom edge of the sandbox slightly below the surface to help keep the walls in place. The neat part was they had a framed lid that was on hinges that the parent would open the sandbox for the kids. A very nice Home Depot employee named Mike walked me around and showed me my options.
Step 3 – Drive three stakes into the ground along the outside of each side of the sandbox. There’s a 1 year old brother getting sandbox ready soon, so knowing they don’t like to share, I figured we’d need a big sandbox. Now you have it – a complete homemade sandbox – just add play sand you are ready to go. We are raising a special needs great grandson and we are in our 70’s it was so easy to put the, Badger Basket Covered Convertible Cedar Sandbox, together and he absolutely loves it and it keeps him occupied a long time. Officially it’s called builders sand but whatever you call it, my kids seem intent on building sandcastles with it.
This bench allows you to pull it only partially, creating seating at the side of the box for mommy or daddy, while junior plays in the sand. Prime members enjoy FREE Two-Day Shipping and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, and Kindle books. Walmart Product Care Plans cover 100% of the cost for repair or replacement, including shipping charges for the exchange.