3 Sandbox Cover Ideas

A sandbox full of plastic shovels and buckets.

There are a number of great ways to get a good sandbox cover. A sandbox is a wonderfully simple device that can provide hours of safe, innocent fun for children. Sandboxes are inexpensive and can be used at almost any time of the year. However, there will be days when the weather will not permit the use of a sandbox and protecting it with a good cover is essential.

1. Purchasing a Cover From an Online or Local Vendor

Often, the easiest route is simply purchasing a ready-made item, and this can also apply to sandbox covers. Making your own models can be great fun but there are times when people prefer the convenience of walking into a store or placing an order online.

One advantage of manufactured sandbox covers is that the quality is usually excellent. Many stores and online vendors supply covers that are lightweight and long-lasting, and these can be made from a variety of materials. The main disadvantage of this method is, of course, the cost. Sandbox covers can be extortionately expensive and affordability can be an issue for many families.

2. Using Plywood

Plywood can provide a cheap alternative to store-bought sandbox covers. It will protect the sandbox from rain and animal droppings or pests. Plywood is a good alternative due to the fact that it is so abundant as well. The chances are good that stray pieces can be found for free, and if wood does need to be bought, it won’t cost much at all. Plywood is also an environmentally friendly way to cover the sandbox as it is made from a natural substance.

Plywood does hold a few disadvantages, though. The chance of finding a piece of plywood that fits the exact dimensions of your sandbox is quite small. It will most likely have to be cut down to size. Plywood will also start to rot and warp eventually due to excessive rain and heat. Water can still seep in through plywood as well, especially around the edges and corners.

3. Using a Plastic Tarp

Plastic tarps also provide a good option for covering a sandbox. Plastic is light and far easier to move than plywood, and a tarp can be cut to the exact dimensions of the sandbox with little effort and minimal time. Plastic is also waterproof and will keep moisture out if fitted correctly. One can also place an object in the center of the sandbox to prop the middle of the tarp so any excessive water will run off instead of pooling.

Plastic tarps are also inexpensive and easy to find. The only real disadvantage to plastic is that it isn’t particularly friendly for the environment. If you choose to use plastic, make sure it can be recycled or reused when the sandbox has lost its appeal.

Sandboxes can provide hours of fun for children and will last years if they are covered and protected well.