Growing up my sandbox was a backyard oasis where I could truly escape the stresses of being a kid, while simultaneously exploring my creative side.
There were only ever two downsides to spending all day, every day in my sandbox: the uncomfortable feeling of having sand in every nook and cranny and keeping wildlife from taking up shelter in it.
Luckily, Reddit user darwin_thornberry has found a way to solve both problems. He built an awesome sandbox for his children with collapsable benches that also serve as a lid. This design is so cool, it only makes me more jealous that someone didn’t think of this design sooner.
He began by assembling a wooden base with plenty of room for sand.
Next, he laid out a series of two-by-fours that he would eventually transform into two benches.
He added a set of hinges that would allow the wooden boards to serve a double purpose.
With the bench seats completed, he began work on the back supports.
To make the benches fully collapsable, he needed to add more hinges to the back supports.
With both benches finished, the sandbox was mostly complete. All that was left to do was put it in place and add sand.
Now darwin_thornberry‘s kids have an amazing spot to play without getting sand in…uncomfortable places.
Plus, they can keep all kinds of critters out with the collapsable seats that double as a lid!
Oh the things I would have done for a backyard box like this when I was little! For the full instructions, click here.