Trampoline safety pad buying guide

Trampoline safety pad buying guide
Guide written by:
Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter

Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter

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Trampoline safety pads are designed to keep you safe in case you lose your balance and end up at the edge of the jump mat. Your original pad should be replaced as soon as it starts to show signs of wear. From thickness to dimensions, here’s our guide to picking the right safety pad for your trampoline!

Important features

  • Material
  • Thickness
  • Size
  • Standards

Trampoline pads for shock absorption

When looking for a trampoline safety pad
you should take note of the following:
  • safety pads are supplied with trampolines but can start to wear over time;
  • they help to keep you safe by stopping you from crashing into the metal frame or springs if you land badly;
  • they are padded for shock absorption;
  • they can be made of different materials such as PVC or vinyl;
  • you can repurchase the original safety pad or replace it with a one-size-fits-all model.

Choosing a pad to fit your trampoline

When choosing a trampoline pad, you should keep the following factors in mind:
  • the pad must be big enough to cover the edge of the jump mat, the springs and the metal frame of the trampoline;
  • the elastic fixing system offers some slack to prevent the material from tearing.
  • the model you go for must be thick enough (at least 21 mm) to maximise user safety;
  • waterproof models will protect the springs and metal structure from the rain;
  • green trampoline pads will blend in with your garden while brightly coloured pads (like those used for competitive trampolining) make it easier to identify the bounce area and boundaries.

Maximising safety across the trampoline jump mat

Here are few tips to make sure you don't make the wrong choice:
  • The model you choose must be suited to the size of the trampoline. In order to take accurate measurements, you should measure the diameter of the trampoline (from the edge) in two difference places.
  • The width of the safety pad will depend on the length of the springs. A model measuring 30 cm in width will cover springs with a length of 17.5 cm – but it won't cover those measuring 22 cm. In this case, you will need a safety pad with a width of at least 40 cm.
  • If your cover is too wide it will overlap the jump mat and smack on the surface with each bounce.
When fitting a trampoline safety pad you should make sure the model complies with BS standards. It is highly recommended to pick a safety pad with a different colour to your jump mat.
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Guide written by:

Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter 187 guides écrits

Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter
Redo a roof with wooden beams? Check.Advise Mister everybody in the DIY shop? Check.Redo the bathroom plumbing? Check.Fit together, build the walls, paint a partition, throw my hammer in a rage thinking that it will fix the problem? Check.

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