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First Appearance Java Edition: Beta 1.2
Pocket Edition: Pre-release
Type of Block Solid Block
Stackable Yes 64
For other sand-related objects in Minecraft, see Sand (Disambiguation).

Sandstone and Red Sandstone are naturally occurring blocks found in deserts and beaches.


Any type of sandstone can be mined with any pickaxe.

Regular sandstone generates a few meters below natural sand deposits, protecting the sand from falling into natural caves and ravines. Red sandstone will not generate beneath red sand, as orange terracotta does this instead.

Generated Structures will also comprise normal sandstone if generated in a desert. Desert Wells will comprise of normal sandstone; Villages in the desert will comprise of cut, smooth, and normal sandstone; and Desert Temples will comprise of normal, cut, and chiseled sandstone. Warm Underwater Ruins will contain sandstone and its variants. All of these structures will also contain some sandstone slabs and stairs. No naturally generated structures are made of red sandstone.

Both regular and red sandstone can be crafted using four sand or red sand in the 2×2 crafting area. Cut Sandstone of both variants can be crafted as well using 4 Sandstone of either variant. Chiseled Sandstone can be crafted using sandstone slabs of either variant.

Both smooth sandstone variants can be smelted into their respective sand variants.

Wandering Traders sell four red sandstone for one emerald.


Unlike sand, sandstone is unaffected by gravity.

Slabs, stairs, and walls can be crafted using either regular or red sandstone and some of its variants.

Using a stonecutter, sandstone can be turned into 2 sandstone slabs, sandstone stairs, sandstone walls, cut sandstone, cut sandstone slabs, chiseled sandstone; cut sandstone can be turned into 2 cut sandstone slabs; smooth sandstone can be turned into 2 smooth sandstone slabs or smooth sandstone stairs. The same procedures and results apply for red sandstone and its variants.


Sandstone Sandstone Slab x6
Sand Sand None None None None
Sand Sand None None None None
None None None Sandstone Sandstone Sandstone
Cut Sandstone x 4 Chiseled Sandstone
Sandstone Sandstone None None None None
Sandstone Sandstone None None Sandstone Slab None
None None None None Sandstone Slab None
Sandstone Stairs x 4
Sandstone Sandstone
Sandstone Sandstone Sandstone


Sandstone requires a pickaxe to harvest, otherwise it will drop nothing.

Tool This block requires a Wooden Pickaxe to be mined
Hardness 0.8
Breaking time[note 1]
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.


Java Edition

Sandstone was first introduced in Beta 1.2. Two textures were added in release 1.2.1 in the terrain.png file and were not used for a few versions.

Desert temples were added in release 1.3.1, and use all three variants of sandstone. Sandstone stairs were also added in this release.

Red sandstone was added in release 1.8.

Bedrock Edition

Regular Sandstone was available since the Pocket Edition pre-release, and in 0.6.0 chiseled and smooth sandstone was added, and could be crafted in the stonecutter. In 0.14.0, red sandstone was added.

Legacy Console Edition

Sandstone was available since the Xbox 360 TU1, Xbox One CU1, and PlayStation 3 v1.0, and Wii U Patch 1 updates. Red Sandstone and its variants were added in the Xbox 360 TU31, Xbox One CU19, PlayStation 3 v1.22, and Wii U Patch 3 updates.