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Backyard sandbox featuring custom built lid that opens to create benches on each end.

DIY Sandbox Lid and Bench

April 29, 2013 Sarah Coggins
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After adding the sandbox to our playset last week, I starting thinking about a lid to keep out larger leaves and sticks as well as visiting animals when it isn’t in use. A quick search of “DIY sandbox lid” and I had my answer – a lid that opens to form a bench on each end.

There is a great tutorial on Ana White’s site about how to build a complete sandbox with the lid and benches. We already had the box so I took measurements and worked on a design to fit ours. I drew up a plan in AutoCAD to determine exactly how many pieces of lumber and what sizes we needed.

Supplies and plan for building a closing lid on sandbox that opens to create benches at each end.

The entire project from start to finish took just over 3 hours to build.

Sandbox Lid & Bench: Closed
Sandbox Lid & Bench: Open

Our son was more than happy to jump in and try it out once complete.

Preschooler playing with toys in new backyard sandbox.

Eventually I plan to stain it to match the rest of the playset. For now, it’s built and we’re enjoying it!

Cost: approximately $90


  • Mandi @ Southern Gnome April 29, 2013 at 11:34 am
    I just love this! I might have to put my husband to work figuring out the measurements for ours. He made a cover for ours, but I'm thinking it now should be made of wood and have benches. :-) Great job! It looks awesome!
    • Sarah Coggins April 30, 2013 at 7:03 pm
      Thanks! Hope your husband forgives me for adding to the "honey do" list. ;)
  • Kim Aitken April 30, 2013 at 9:03 am
    Wow, Sarah, that's awesome! Great job!
    • Sarah Coggins April 30, 2013 at 7:04 pm
      Thanks, Kim! We'll have to have C over to play. :)
  • ter@waaoms May 18, 2013 at 11:05 am
    wow that's great! you're very talented for sure.
  • Aubrey Hunt May 23, 2014 at 2:37 pm
    Oh, this is COOL. Is it good a keeping bugs out, too? I've been thinking about getting a sandbox for my little ones!
    • Sarah Coggins May 27, 2014 at 7:16 am
      It doesn't keep all the bugs out, but does keep out most of the leaves and, of course, larger animals. My son gets excited when we open it and he finds frogs hiding in the sand.

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