Trampolines are made in great variety of shapes and sizes to so fear not whether you own 200 acres in Wiltshire or a postage stamp in Wandsworth, there is a trampoline for you.
A few points to consider before you start looking.
Bigger is better
The larger a trampoline is, the more fun your children will have on it and the safer it is to use, so though most parents want to naturally buy as small as possible so as to not dominate the garden, do not forget that your children will have hours and hours of fun, you are not buying a one hit wonder.
What about a safety zone around a trampoline?
This is a questions we are often asked and there is a great deal of confusing and contradictory information on the web.
Today 99% of trampolines are sold with enclosures, but this was not always the case. When you read an article stating that you need 2m all around a trampoline, this refers to trampolines without enclosures.
The simple answer is to test how far beyond the outer edge of the trampoline the netting extends if you fall against it. With most well-made trampolines the netting will extend no more than six inches, so as long as you do not ram the trampoline up against a brick wall or tree, you should be fine. Do though continually check the condition of the netting. Trampoline netting does not last forever as it can be torn by the user or simply rot over time when exposed to direct sunlight
Can I move the trampoline once it’s up?
Yes you can – two adults can lift most small trampolines, so if you need to temporarily move the trampoline whilst you BBQ you can do.
Above ground or in-ground trampoline?
There are pros and cons to both. An above ground trampoline can tend to visually dominate the garden, but is the cheaper of the two styles and once assembled it can be moved around the garden at will, whilst an in-ground is permanent.
In-ground trampolines are fast becoming very popular as being flush to the ground they do not look so unsightly in a small garden. There are currently both 8 and 10ft round in-grounds on the market and next year there should be oval shapes too.
The larger a trampoline, the greater its weight limit will be. Most 8ft trampolines will have a weight limit of around ten stone whilst 10ft and smaller ovals will be around fourteen stone. So if mum or dad wish to use the trampoline check weight limits before you buy.
Size and shape options
At the quality end of the trampoline market you can buy round, square, rectangular or oval trampolines, so there are plenty of options for your postage stamp whatever its size and shape.
There are some 6ft trampolines on the market, but none at the quality end of the market and the jump area is so small that it is really only suitable for toddlers.
An 8ft and 10ft rounds are hugely popular in SW postcodes – bear in mind that the jump area on a 10ft trampoline is nearly double that of an 8ft, so if you can stretch to 10ft, do so.
The Jumpking 11.5 x 8 or Springfree O77 11’ x 8’ are perfect for long thin gardens. Orientate the trampoline so that the 8ft end faces the house and you are only taking up 8ft of your gardens’ width. If you are blessed with a slightly larger garden, also consider the Jumpking 13 x 9 or Springfree O92 13’ x 8’, the jump areas are considerably bigger and these trampolines will easily accommodate teenagers.
If you are considering a Springfree trampoline please bear in mind that unlike most manufactures who use a solid enclosure pole, Springfree trampolines use their patented flexinet system so you do need to allow a good metre of clearance around the trampoline,
These are tempting as they slot nicely in to the corner of a rectangular garden, but there are very few if any manufactures that have developed a rectangular trampoline with a decent enclosure system. There are plenty on the market available without an enclosure but we would not recommend this in a small garden as you need at least 2m of safety zone around the trampolines, something that you are unlikely to have.