Guide written by:
Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter
Trampolines should be selected according to space and budget requirements, alongside any accessories you'd like to incorporate, such as safety nets or pads. Of course, you must also consider age and weight restrictions, the number of springs and the quality of the mat. Here's our guide to choosing the right trampoline!
- Protective pads
5 factors for choosing the right trampoline
When looking for a trampoline, there are a variety of features to consider with regards to functionality and user comfort.
1. Trampoline size
The size of a trampoline will affect how high it allows you to bounce. Most importantly, however, the size will also determine the model's age restrictions. Most children's trampolines have a diameter of anywhere between 1.4 and 4 metres. Refer to the table below for size and age guidelines.
Trampoline diameter according to age group
Children under 5 years
2.5 metres or less
Children from 6 to 10 years
3.50 metres or less
Children over 10 years
4 metres or less
2. Trampoline frame
The stability and durability of a trampoline may vary depending on its structure. This frame is usually made up of a set of 1.5mm-thick piping with a diameter of around 35 mm. It is also possible to find 1.35mm-thick piping with a diameter of 38 mm.
It's important to remember that the diameter of the tubes will impact the weight limit of the unit, while the number of legs will affect its stability (for instance, four legs will always be more stable than three). The frame will usually be made from hot-dip galvanised steel.
3. Bounce capacity
The mat is the part of the trampoline that allows you to bounce and this must be attached to high-quality springs. The springs must be the correct size and should also be properly positioned. The number and size of the springs is a reflection of the trampoline's quality. An example of a good spring-to-diameter ratio is 72 springs for a 4-metre trampoline.
The thickness of the mat is given in grams per square metre; the higher the number, the stronger the mat. Usually made from polypropylene, the mat should be covered with a protective cover when not in use.
4. Protective pads and trampoline safety
In order to prevent accidents, the frame of the trampoine must be well-protected. The quality and thickness of the material will determine how effective the pads are.
While 20mm-thick pads are often sold, pads with a thickness of at least 30 mm will provide superior protection.
5. Trampoline accessories
Trampolines can be equipped with a variety of accessories such as a ladder, a separate mesh storage net for shoes and safety netting. The latter is strongly recommended for obvious safety reasons.
Trampoline accessories may come with the model but can also be purchased separately. The use of a protective cover is highly recommended to help protect the trampoline from the elements. Furthermore, it is better to store the trampoline indoors over the winter.
A trampoline must be installed on even ground with a surrounding clearance space of around 2 metres. For safety reasons, a height clearance of 7 metres is recommended. Using an anchor kit to properly install the trampoline will increase the stability of the equipment. Finally, always make sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions when setting up your trampoline.
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Guide written by:
Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter, 187 guides
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