How to Store Sandboxes for the Winter


Sandboxes can provide children with endless hours of outdoor enjoyment. They are especially useful for parents who don't leave near a beach. Sandboxes require care if they are to stay safe for your children. Sandboxes should be covered up when not in use to keep animals from using the sandbox as a litter box. It is especially important to properly store your sandbox during the winter months so that it can be used again the following spring.

Things You'll Need

  • Rake
  • Hoe
  • Shovel
  • Measuring tape
  • Plywood
  • Bricks or cinder blocks
  • Remove any objects that remain in the sandbox and clean them off before storing them in an attic, basement or garage for the winter.

  • Remove any branches, leaves or debris from the sandbox before you cover it up.

  • Use a rake, hoe, or shovel to level the sand out so that it is not piled higher than the sandbox edges.

  • Measure the sandbox and buy a piece of plywood to cover it. If you don't have a square wooden sandbox, you will need a piece of plywood that is has an extra 2 inches of space on all sides. A square wooden sandbox should be measured from the outside edge to the outside edge. You won't need the plywood to be any bigger than the sandbox.

  • Lay the plywood on top of the sandbox and secure it in place by setting several bricks or cinder blocks on top of the plywood.

Tips & Warnings

  • If your sandbox is made out of wood, you can drill screws through the plywood in to the edges of the sandbox.
  • Use a tarp if you do not want to use plywood. The tarp should be thick and staked down in to the ground around the sandbox so that it does not fly away during a winter storm.

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