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Paver Sand Calculator

By Bogna Szyk
Last updated: May 22, 2020
Use our paver sand calculator to calculate the amount of sand required to form a stable layer beneath the pavement.
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Whether you want to create a paved driveway or an elaborate patio, you will have to create a stable foundation to lay stone or concrete pavers on. The layer that directly supports these elements is typically paving sand. Use our paver sand calculator to determine how much sand you need.

How much sand for pavers?

  1. You need to determine the dimensions of the paved surface first. For example, a typical parking space has the dimensions of 8.5 ft by 19 ft.
  2. If the paved surface is rectangular in shape, simply multiply these values to obtain area: A = 8.5 * 19 = 161.5 ft2. You can also type the area directly into our paver sand calculator.
  3. Decide how thick the layer of sand will be. Let's assume a depth of 1 inch (1/12 ft).
  4. Multiply the area by depth to find the volume of sand required: V = 161.5 ft^2 * 1/12 ft = 13.458 cu ft.

Remember to buy a small amount of extra sand, as some will invariably be wasted during the construction process. Use the remaining sand to fill the gaps between the pavers.

If you prefer to cast concrete instead of using a paved surface, try our concrete calculator.

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