How to make a children's sandbox
How to make a children's sandbox with a lid and a bench with your own hands
From the article presented to your attention, you will learn how to make a sandbox with a lid with your own hands. Thanks to such a cover, the place for children's games will be protected from cats seeking to use it as a toilet, but at the same time water (rain or from a spray) will get inside without hindrance, preventing the sand from drying out too much.
The last aspect is very important not only for maintaining the material consistency ideal for the construction of Easter cakes and sand castles. Dry sand is easily lifted into the air and poses a health hazard if it enters the lungs. This structure has an open bottom, and (if you decide to use a weed barrier) the sand in it will remain wet for a long time.
In addition to keeping the sand clean, the lid of our sandbox has another very useful function. During children's games, it can miraculously transform into two comfortable benches with backs, on which mom and dad can comfortably sit, watching their baby play.
Before you start building a children's sandbox with a lid, make the blueprints. I deliberately did not include my diagrams, sketches and calculations here. It is possible that you will want to make a sandbox of other sizes, and then my drawings can only confuse you. Read the article carefully, pick up paper, pencil and draw a sandbox that suits your needs. But after that, you can take up the tools.
You should start work with the preparation of boards and bars of the required length. When cutting boards, keep in mind that the cutting width of the circular saw is
3 mm. Although this value is insignificant, it should be taken into account in order to keep errors and inaccuracies to a minimum.
When all the wooden elements have been cut, you can start assembling. Remember to drill pilot holes before installing screws.
Start building a sandbox box by assembling a square base. To do this, I used 120cm long planks, holding them together at the corners with four 5x10cm sticks 28cm high.Use a square to make sure all corners are really straight (or you end up with a wobbly and crooked box). Fasten a row of 2.5x15 cm boards around the perimeter of the square, screwing two screws into each end of the board. Repeat the operation, "girdling" the stand-up bars with the second (top) row of boards. As a result, you will have a fairly solid structure. If all of your measurements were correct, then the box should not be completely square (its sides will be 120 and 125 cm), since the boards on the short side overlap the ends of the boards on the long side.
Once you've finished making the box, you can secure the weed control material. Do not pull it too tight, leave a little slack, otherwise it may tear - uneven ground and the weight of the sand will affect. (The photo shows not a sandbox, but two flower beds, but there are no fundamental differences in laying weed protection for these structures.)
Now you can start making the lid. Sort the prepared 2.5x10cm boards according to their surface quality. Place the roughest planed closer to the edge, the smoothest closer to the center. At the same time, lay each board with the smoother side down (towards the sand). Each half of the lid will consist of three pairs of planks.
Attach the outermost pair of boards to the previously assembled square box with self-tapping screws, remembering to pre-drill the pilot holes with a 3 mm drill. Do not tighten the screws too tight or the wood will crack. I recommend leaving a 1 cm gap between the boards.
The next pair of boards will serve as a seat, so sand the underside of the boards thoroughly. The seat will be connected to the boards rigidly fixed to the box by means of metal hinges, and the boards will be connected to each other by three short bars 2.5 cm thick and 7.5 cm wide (the same bars will not later allow the seat back to tip forward). To better understand the above, take a look at the first pictures posted on this page.
Place the assembled seat on a pair of boards rigidly fixed to the box, and place a pencil between them. The latter will form the optimum joint clearance. Secure the hinges with self-tapping screws and lift and lower the seat several times to make sure everything works. To fasten the seat (and then its back), you can use not two, but three loops, evenly distributing them along the length of the board.
Finally, the last pair of planks will serve as the back of the bench. It will also be attached with hinges. Attach the loops (opposite the first set) as shown in the photos. In this case, use only one backboard for now.
Now you can install and secure the last, sixth board. To do this, you will need 2.5x7.5 cm bars with a length of 45 cm. They will perform a double function - to fasten the boards of the backrest together and prevent it from overturning backwards. One end of each bar must be aligned with the edge of the last (sixth) plank, while the other end on
4cm will cover the second board. Make sure the bars are perpendicular to the lid planks and all gaps are aligned. Attach the blocks with self-tapping screws (only to the fifth and sixth boards!).
After I finished the work and my child started playing in the new sandbox, I realized that it had one design flaw. A child who rises out of the sand to sit on a bench will inevitably grab the top of the back to help himself. This increases the stress on the screws holding the backrest hinges to the seat. I think that even if I used longer screws to fasten the hinges and somehow managed to screw them in without breaking the surface of the board (and this is not an easy task), the hinges would still break out over time. I found a solution to this problem - you need to make small wooden rotating latches that will rigidly hold the backrest in an upright position.
How I realized my idea, you can see in the photos. Install such locking devices for each bar holding the back (i.e. two latches for each cover).
So my sandbox with a lid and a bench is ready, the construction scheme of which, I hope, has become clear to you. Now you can also make a place with your own hands where your child will transform into an architect and builder with great pleasure, even if only sand castles.
Never hide the sandbox behind tall bushes or outbuildings. Children should always be in your sight, so position it so that you can see your children playing in the sand. Try to choose a place so that half of the sandbox is in the sun and half in the shade.
It is desirable that half of the sandbox is in the sun, and half in the shade.
To do this, you can equip it not far from a spreading tree, however, then you will have to regularly clean the area of foliage and twigs. If there are no suitable places with a shadow, you can install a "fungus" umbrella in the sandbox.
Preparing the sandbox base
The size and shape of the sandbox can be arbitrary, but standard structures for children 2-5 years old are usually made 1.7 × 1.7 m. This is the size of the sandbox we will build with you.
- Arm yourself with pegs, marking tape, cord.
- Fence the area around the perimeter.
- Then remove a layer of soil 30 cm, and in the center of the sandbox make a hole 60-70 cm deep and 40-50 cm in diameter.
- Fill it with rubble or pebbles, tamp it a little - you get a kind of drainage well.
- Make a slight slope from the sides of the sandbox towards the center. Now, after heavy rains, your sandbox will not turn into a swamp and will dry out quickly.
- As a result, we got a rectangular pit measuring 170 × 170 × 30 cm with a slope towards the center.
The basis for a sandbox can be a dense polyethylene film, geotextile, paving slabs and even an ordinary plywood sheet with pre-drilled holes (for drainage).
Preparing the base for the sandbox
You don't need to make a foundation, but then over time the sand will mix with the ground, and your kids will become uncomfortable to play. In addition, the base will block the path to the holy of holies of children's play for rodents and insects, which (oddly enough) also love sand. One caveat: the base should be laid on a previously poured sand "pillow" 5-6 cm high.
Prepare 4 blocks measuring 95 × 5 × 5 cm, 4 boards measuring 150 × 30 × 2.5 cm and 4 boards for the side-seats (they are laid on top, along the perimeter of the sandbox), sand them well. To do this, you can use a conventional grinding attachment on an electric drill or grinder. Then 2-3 times treat the boards and timber with linseed oil (instead of drying oil, you can use any antiseptic that protects the tree from decay).
Sandbox walls and sides
Dig in the bars in the corners of the sandbox, deepening them 15-20 cm, then nail the boards to them. If you do not have wide boards, you can make boards from narrow ones, for example, take 3 boards 10 cm wide on each side of the sandbox. Then, along the perimeter of the sandbox, strengthen the horizontal seat pads, on which it is convenient to sculpt Easter cakes, where children can sit to rest.
A sandbox cover is not a must, but a very desirable attribute of a structure so beloved by children. It will protect the sand from debris (dry foliage, twigs from nearby bushes and trees, and so on). And most importantly, you will not allow leopards and balls to use the sandbox as a litter box.
As a cover, you can use an awning, which will have to be constantly pulled over the sandbox. And you can make a lid from boards, which is much more convenient with frequent use.
A hinged cover for a sandbox made of two shields is very convenient. Shields are fastened with hinged hinges and supplied with handles. When unfolded, they turn into comfortable benches with backs.
Sandbox with a comfortable lid. Photo and ideas by Ivan Kruglov
Even a small child 4-5 years old can independently open such a structure.
There is a place for your imagination to roam! Color the sandbox in bright colors. You can apply not only colorful pictures to the walls and sides, but also various developmental drawings: letters, numbers, geometric shapes.
Paint your sandbox bright colors
If you prefer the natural color of the wood, simply treat the structure with appropriate impregnations.
You can simply treat the wood with appropriate impregnations
The main thing is that children should like the sandbox!
If you decide to purchase a ready-made sandbox, you can choose it in our market, which unites large online stores. Choose a sandbox.
To fill the sandboxes, river sand is usually used (it is the purest) or quartz (you can buy it in the store). Any sand before falling asleep in the sandbox must be sieved. And if you are going to buy a quartz crystal, find one that contains special additives that scare away our smaller brothers. By the way, our sandbox requires quite a lot of sand, at least 1 ton.
And if you “turn on” your imagination, you can build beautiful children's corners with sand, which will be a wonderful decoration for your summer cottage. Here are some photos, perhaps you will take some idea for yourself. Or you can build a playground from scrap materials! With the first experience comes an understanding of how the playground for children should look, ideas for the design and stylistic design of the sandbox appear.
Any sand before falling asleep in the sandbox must be sieved
The house shelters the sandbox from the rain - very convenient
Sandbox and slide are the perfect combination.
It's nice to slide down the slide into the sandbox
Materials for construction will be provided by the nearest forest
So we finished building the simplest sandbox with our own hands. Perhaps you want to improve this design, make it of a different shape and size, install a familiar "mushroom" over it - experiment more boldly! Or maybe you have original ideas for creating unusual sandboxes with your own hands from improvised material? Share with us :)
Design ideas for children's sandboxes
Watch the video: Crews sandbox digger complete
And if you “turn on” your imagination, you can build beautiful children's corners with sand, which will be a wonderful decoration for your summer cottage. Here are some photos, perhaps you will take some idea for yourself.
Or you can build a playground from scrap materials!
With the first experience comes an understanding of how the playground for children should look, ideas for the design and stylistic design of the sandbox appear.