How to Build a Backyard Sandbox

How to Build a Backyard Sandbox

A backyard sandbox is an excellent way for your kids to engage in tactile play. Plus, it’s easy to build and install one.

First, you’ll need to choose a site. Whether you have a large backyard or just a patio deck, there are inventive ways to install a sandbox in almost any location. Look for a place within eyesight of the house so you can keep watch as your kids play. If the area also has partial shade, even better. This will prevent your kids from being exposed to harmful UV rays for long periods. 

Next, you'll want to choose the type of sandbox: above ground or in-ground. Above-ground sandboxes are great for patios or locations where the soil is rocky. Or if you don’t want to do a lot of shoveling. In-ground allows for a deeper sandbox and may require less wood for the frame.

Now that you know where you’ll place your sandbox and what kind you want, here are some helpful resources for building yours.

1. Do-It-Yourself Sandbox

If you have a circular saw, drill, hammer, tape measure, and shovel, you can build a backyard sandbox in an afternoon. This Old House has a helpful step-by-step guide for an in-ground sandbox. Or check out this how-to guide from Lowe’s for the DIY above ground version.

2. Premade Sandbox

Many companies manufacture premade sandboxes. You can opt for either a sandbox border kit, which you simply line and fill with sand, or a fully built sandbox with a bottom and cover. You’ll find that premade sandboxes come in all shapes and sizes (even pirate ships!). Many also come with a built-in canopy to shade the box.

With a backyard sandbox, your kids can play with Sandy the Beach Doll without ever leaving home! After you build yours, let us know how your kids and Sandy are enjoying it @sandybeachdoll.