Monday, May 16, 2011

Sandbox with Seating

I had promised that once we have completed the house that I would build a sandbox in the backyard.  A sandbox is pretty easy to build since it's essentially a box.  A few things to consider when building a sandbox is whether there are cats and other animals around since you don't want your child's sandbox to become an oversized litter box.

Because there are cats in our neighborhood, I knew we needed to have a lid of some sort for the sandbox.  The dimensions of the box is 8' x 4' so a single lid that span the whole sandbox might be too heavy for the little ones to lift.  I decided to divide the sandbox into two 4' x 4' sections.

I built the lids to fold on top of each other so they become a seating bench when opened.  It still offers plenty of play area for the kids, easy for them to open while keeping neighborhood animals out.


  1. Thank you for this idea! maintaining the Backyard Sandbox is an easy job that requires little time and few supplies. Keeping all play areas safe and healthy for your kids will give you peace of mind, and will provide your kids and their imaginations with hours of good, clean, simple fun.

  2. I really like your idea for a sandbox. I want to make one for my 4 year old daughter. What kind of wood did you use and did you make a bottom for that as well?

  3. My reply is probably too late to make a different to the original comment, but maybe it will answer other people's questions. Blogger doesn't seem to be notifying me of comments unfortunately...

    I used is redwood because it has some natural resistance to bugs and rot. Cedar is another popular wood. Avoid pressure treated wood since it has chemicals.

    For the bottom, I just put a layer of rocks and added the sand on top to let water seep down and not become a kiddy pool after it rains! :-)