How to build a sandbox for children?


You will delight the children around you with a sandbox in your garden. Follow the instructions below and after a few hours of effort you will be rewarded. Think about your darlings who will be able to build castles, bake cakes and model landscapes in their brand new, hand-made sandbox. Take out the mussels, buckets, shovels and go! In addition, if you are a bit of a handyman, you can offer more than a simple sandbox: think of a cover or a back wall that can accommodate a blackboard, shelves or even a small basketball hoop … there is no real limit to your imagination. It is true that the cover to this of practice that it allows to always play in clean sand… Especially if you have a cat.

What should be the dimensions of a sandbox?

Generally, a sandbox should be at least 150 x 150 centimeters, or even 200 x 200 centimeters. Because if you make it smaller, when the neighbors’ children bring their toys, everyone will quickly find themselves cramped. Also count a good 30 centimeters deep otherwise digging is no fun.

Where is the best place for a sandbox?

In any case, you must be able to supervise toddlers who will play there in the sight of adults, that’s for sure. Obviously not in a blazing sun, rather in a shady place. The best placed sandbox is on a flat surface in a partially shaded area. You can place it on a paved area rather than a lawn. On grass, the sandbox must be installed there temporarily. Because in the longer term, it would completely damage your lawn. Do not consider direct contact between the bottom of your sandbox and natural soil, otherwise earthworms and other potentially unwanted small animals will sink into the sand – and children will play in the dirt. On the other hand, the sandbox can be partially buried in the ground of your garden, but this is not mandatory. It depends on the height of the edge.

What wood should you use to build a sandbox?

Only untreated wood, but planed and therefore without splinters and resinous stains is to be considered. If you want to paint wood, do so naturally with harmless paint. Pollutants from wood preservatives can be drained into the sand, although the risk is rather low if you make a cover, which normally needs to be waterproof. In general, the sandbox is intended for 5-6 years, after the wood is damaged. But this generally corresponds to the age when children no longer want to dig or build sandcastles! You can still study different species such as spruce, larch or Douglas-fir. Some are more weather resistant and therefore more durable – arguably more expensive too.

What do you need to build a sandbox?

As said above, you first need rot-proof wood. Then stakes / poles. Ideally, you need geotextile fabric to place between the bottom of your sandbox and the ground. Obviously, you need sand. There is special sand for children’s games that meets certain standards.

Then for the dressing of your wood, you will need paint or stain.

How do you build a sandbox yourself?

The principle of the square sandbox is very simple: four stable corner posts hold the side walls which are closed by three boards cut to size. On the fourth side you can attach a cover. To make the sandbox stable, the four side walls are each supported by an additional post. The cover is held in place by two sturdy flat hinges and, when opened, is held in place by two long bolts.

1. Mark the perimeter of your sandbox

Use 4 stakes and a string to mark the perimeter of your sandbox.

2. Dig inside the perimeter

Dig along the string with a spade to a depth of a good twenty centimeters. Remove stones and roots.

3. Install a geotextile tarpaulin

It is a material that must prevent contact between the ground and your sandbox. This type of tarpaulin is widely used in the building industry. It is a felted strip of fabric that ensures the in-between. It prevents weeds from growing and allows rainwater to pass through.

4. Mark your pieces of wood and saw them to size.

It’s up to you to see which dimension you prefer and whether you put two or three boards superimposed by side walls.

5. Drive the posts into the four corners of your sandbox

Assemble your boards for the side walls and screw them to your corner posts.

6. Finish your sandbox

Before placing the box in your sandbox, take care of the finishing touches: a possible blackboard, a basketball hoop, shelves, seats, etc.

7. Fill your sandbox

Once the set is finished, put some sand in your bin and tell the children around you to come and enjoy it!