Things You'll Need
Look around in a few different places for the best price on sand. You may even want to buy the sand in bulk from a landscape supply center.
Homeowners have a lot of options for making an outdoor space into a livable and comfortable setting. One popular choice is a patio. Beautiful patios can be made from many different materials. Setting a good base for your patio is important, though, and the first step is to figure out how much sand you are going to need.
Measure the length and width of your patio in feet.
Multiply the length by the width to find the area of your patio in square feet.
Multiply the area by 0.184. This will tell you how many 50-pound bags of sand you need for a 1-inch base of sand.
Multiply the number found in Step 3 by the thickness of sand you want in your base. This new number is how many 50-pound bags of sand you will need for your project. Some contractors recommend a base of sand between 4 and 6 inches thick.
Matthew D'Antuono is a freelance writer whose work has appeared on websites, such as eHow.com. When he's not writing, he teaches high school physics. D'Antuono earned both a Bachelor of Science in physics and a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from James Madison University and William Paterson University respectively; he is currently pursuing a master's degree in special education.