Sandbox Covers - Custom or Ready Made DIY Sand Box Cover
Mesh Sandbox Cover

Sandbox Covers - Custom or Ready Made DIY Sand Box Cover

Cover your Kids Sand. Keep your outdoor sandbox clean and safe for your children.

A sandbox cover is a protective covering designed to fit over a sandbox or sand pit, serving several purposes. These sand pit covers are intended to keep the sand clean, prevent contamination from debris or animals, and generally maintain a safe and enjoyable play environment for children.

Sandbox covers are durable and often weather-resistant material that is placed over the sandbox when it's not in use. It can come in various shapes and sizes, matching the dimensions of the sandbox it is intended to cover. Some covers are fitted with elastic cords, snaps, grommets, weight pockets or straps to secure them tightly over the sandbox.

Sandbox Cover Benefits and Why a lid over the sand box is needed:

  • Contamination Prevention: The primary purpose of a sandbox cover is to prevent contamination of the sand by leaves, dirt, animal droppings, or other debris. This helps maintain a clean and safe play environment for your children.
  • Safety: Covering the sandbox when not in use prevents animals or insects from using the sandpit as a nesting or hiding spot, reducing the risk of encounters with potentially harmful creatures.
  • Weather Protection: A sandbox cover provides protection against rain, helping to prevent the sand from becoming waterlogged or developing mold or mildew. It also minimizes the impact of the elements on the sand's quality.
  • Extended Lifespan: By shielding the sand from contaminants and adverse weather conditions, a sandbox lid or cover can contribute to the extended lifespan of the sand, reducing the frequency of sand replacement.
  • Time Savings: Covering and uncovering the sand box is a quick and simple process, saving time for parents or commercial caregivers who might otherwise need to sift or clean the sand frequently.

Typical Fabrics used for Sand Box Covers:

  • Vinyl: Vinyl is a popular choice due to its water-resistant properties, durability and cost effectiveness. Solid vinyl Sandbox cover provides excellent protection against rain and is easy to keep clean.
  • Polyethylene or HDPE: Polyethylene is another weather-resistant material that is lightweight and durable. Most offer excellent UV resistance, making it suitable for prolonged exposure to sunlight.
  • Mesh Fabric: Mesh covers allow for airflow, preventing mold or mildew growth while still protecting the sandbox from debris and animals. They are well suitable for areas with high humidity and rain.
  • Canvas: Canvas covers offer a natural and breathable option. Some canvas may not be as water-resistant as some synthetic materials, they provide good protection against debris.

Ways to Secure Sand Box Covers

  1. Snaps: Stainless steel snaps have a female dome part that is attached to the cover and a male part that is screwed into the sandbox outside wall. They can be easily snapped on/off and secured around the sandbox frame, ensuring a tight and stable fit. One of the most popular choices.
  2. Grommets: Rustproof brass grommets can be installed around the perimeter of a sand box cover. They can be screwed in place, attached to hooks, elastic cords or stakes.
  3. Elastic Cords: Many sandbox covers come with built-in elastic cords or straps that can be stretched and secured around the edges of the sandbox. It is most effective when the sandbox has a protruding outside edge. This helps to keep the cover firmly in place.
  4. Drawstrings: Covers with drawstrings around the perimeter can be tightened to ensure a snug fit. This is a common method for securing covers and preventing them from blowing away in the wind.
  5. Weights or Sandbags: Placing weights or sandbags along the edges of a Sandpit cover can provide additional anchoring, especially in windy conditions.
  6. Anchor Stakes: For covers with loops or grommets, anchor stakes can be used to secure the sandpit cover to the ground. This is particularly useful in areas prone to strong winds.
  7. Velcro: Some sandbox covers are equipped with Velcro straps that can be fastened around the sandbox's frame, offering a secure and adjustable closure.
  8. Rod Pockets: Sleeves are sewn into the sandbox cover's sides. It allows a pipe/rod to be inserted for either weight or to secure behind posts.

When selecting or designing a DIY sandbox cover, it's essential to consider the specific needs of the environment, the size and shape of the sandbox, and the ease of use for securing and removing the cover. A well-chosen cover enhances the overall safety and cleanliness of the sandbox, providing a hygienic and enjoyable play space for children.

Things to consider for a Custom or DIY Sandbox design

Mesh Sandbox Covers

Mesh vinyl is the most popular. Water does not pool on top of a mesh sandbox cover and create mosquito breeding pools. It allows the sand to dry quickly to prevent mold and mildew buildup. It's cost is most economical. Commercial 95 is also a great HDPE mesh fabric for a sand box cover. Albeit it is more expensive, it is a more ruggedly built fabric and is perfect for Daycares, small schools, churches and most any higher traffic sandbox use.

Solid Covers for Sandboxes

Solid covers are good to help sheild the sand from rain. We now highly recommend that any solid vinyl or poured rubber covers have a drain hole grommet put in the middle of the cover to prevent water pooling on top. But we leave the final choice up to you.

Custom Sandbox Covers

Many DIY sandboxes take shapes that are not standard sized square or rectangles. Maybe they are triangle, hexagon, octagon or in the shape of a boat. It does not matter, we can fabricate nearly any size or shape cover.

Securing the Sand Box Cover

Most sandbox covers we make are made with snaps, as they are the easiest to take off or put on quickly. We can also use grommets, or create weight pockets or rod pockets too. We can suggest a method that best suits your need.

Here's a personal story about our sandbox, that was bought for my 1st child, a girl, and later enjoyed by our 2nd girl. My wife was adamant about getting a cover due to several feral and/or outdoor cats in the neighborhood. She also wanted to make sure we got a solid cover, so the sand would be as "clean" & "dry" as possible for best play opportunities for our little girl. So I measured and ordered a solid cover. All was wonderful! Then the spring rains came. The rain pooled water on the cover, and the playtime in the sand was all but non-existant. I asked her why she didn't take our girl out there to play in the sandbox as much, and my little girl so did love playing in it. She said it was an annoyance for her to get rid of the water so she could take off the cover. Then she saw mosquito larvae in the pools and asked me if it was ok to get a mesh cover. She was still concerned about the sand getting wet with a mesh cover. I took off the solid cover after a big rain and showed her that the moisture was sucked up from ground water from underneath so mesh or solid did not make a difference having dry sand vs wet sand. We soon were proud owners of a mesh sandbox cover and sandbox play time increased tremendously. Sadly for me these are just memories as now my two girls have outgrown their sandbox, but maybe this story can help you decide better which sandbox type and material to choose for your kids. - Trey Collier

Sandbox Covers Maintain a Safe and Healthy Sandbox

Custom Sandbox Covers - Vinyl
Custom Sandbox Covers - Vinyl

Mesh or Solid
Most Popular
Starts at $109.95
Commercial 95 Sandbox Covers - Custom
Commercial 95 Sandbox Covers - Custom

Best for Daycares
Starts at $163.95
Mesh Sandbox Cover - Ready Made
Mesh Sandbox Cover - Ready Made

Ships Quick!
Starts at $76.95

Last Updated: 02/16/2024 11:31 AM - ID:528