While King Swings does not offer sand as a playground surface, it can be used to serve as an extra layer of protection around your swing set or play set. Sand is a popular playground option and is often used as a safety surface underneath play equipment. In this post, we will explore the pros and cons of using sand as a playground surface and safety considerations to keep in mind.

As always, with products King Swings doesn’t offer, make sure you do your own research and be confident in your decision. Talk to the provider of the material.

Pros of Sand as a Playground Surface

  • Affordable: Sand is one of the most affordable options for playground surfaces, making it a popular choice for those on a budget. Depending on your location and if you are picking it up, it is the literal meaning of dirt cheap.
  • Natural Appearance: Sand has a natural appearance that blends well with outdoor environments, creating a visually appealing playground.
  • Versatile: Sand can be the playground surfacing and a big feature of the playground! Make sure you add in your playground space an area for digging and playing with sand toys.
  • Easy to Install: Sand is easy to install and requires no special tools or equipment. Just a shovel, some sweat, and possibly a properly stimulating beverage and a hot shower after you are done to loosen your stiff muscles.

Cons of Sand as a Playground Surface

  • Messy: Sand can be messy and can spread beyond the boundaries of the playground, making it necessary to clean up the area regularly. More importantly, it will get into shoes, pockets, and into hair. There is a reason Anikan Skywalker hated sand.
  • Attracts Animals: I think everyone thinks about cats when talking about sand. If you have a high cat or other animal population around your house, think long and hard before putting in a sand pit. It may become the neighborhood’s cats’ favorite local restroom.
  • Compacts: Sand can become compacted over time, reducing its ability to provide proper cushioning in case of a fall.
  • Requires Regular Maintenance: Sand requires regular maintenance, including leveling and raking, to maintain its safety and appearance.

Safety Considerations

  • Depth: The depth of the sand should be between 9 and 18 inches depending on the fall height of your swing set.
  • Regular Maintenance: It is essential to regularly inspect the sand surface and level it out if necessary to prevent tripping hazards.
  • Edging: Edging should be in place to keep the sand contained within the playground area and prevent the spread of sand beyond the boundaries of the playground.
  • Proper Installation: Don’t just fling it out. Make sure that it is deep and level around the fall zones.
  • Sand Quality: The quality of the sand used for the playground should be safe for children and free from harmful contaminants. Ask your local material supplier about their sand and which they would recommend.


In conclusion, sand can be an excellent option for a playground surface. Still, it is important to consider the pros and cons, as well as the safety considerations, before making a decision. Take a walk, and count how many cats you see. Ask yourself if you want to deal with sand being tracked inside.

Whether you are planning a new playground or replacing an existing surface, sand can provide an affordable, versatile, and visually appealing option. However, it is essential to ensure that the surface is installed correctly and regularly maintained to ensure the safety of children who use the playground.