Choosing a Trampoline
Before you Start
Before you start shopping for a trampoline, it’s important to make sure that you have a safe place to set it up. Once you’ve determined that you have a good place to put it, the next thing to decide is which size, shape and type of trampoline will be best suited to your jumpers.
Make sure you have a good place to set a trampoline up before you buy one. Using a trampoline in an unsuitable area can lead to injury and damage the trampoline.
Using an enclosure net increases the safety of your trampoline by preventing jumpers from falling off of it and reducing the chances of hitting the springs or frame. Enclosure nets are held up with poles that encircle the trampoline. The more poles, the more stable the trampoline and its enclosure net. Enclosure poles should always be covered by foam safety pads.
Some enclosure nets attach to the inner side of the trampoline springs and some attach to the outer side, near the frame. A net that is attached on the inner side does a better job of keeping bouncers off of the springs and prevents close contact with the poles.A net that attaches to the outer side allows more space to jump and comes with strong sleeves that cover the poles to reinforce them and make them last longer.
Enclosure poles come in different types. Some are straight and others curve inward at the top, where they are connected to a ring. Curved poles are used only with nets that attach to the inner side of the trampoline springs. While both types of poles support nets that improve trampoline safety, the top ring used with curved poles enhances the strength, stability and durability of the whole trampoline.
An enclosure with straight poles that attach to the net with straps.
An enclosure net supported by curved poles.
Upper Bounce trampolines have nets that attach to the inner side of the trampoline springs. Gap-free enclosures that attach directly to the jumping pad are safest for young children. All Upper Bounce enclosures are gap-free
A gap-free enclosure is safest for young children.
The shape of your trampoline affects not only the jumping area available, but also the quality of bounce. Choose the shape best suited to your jumpers and the space available, always making sure there is adequate clearance [link to clearance section] around and above the trampoline.
There are many sizes of trampoline to choose from. Consider the age and size of your jumpers; the area available to set up your trampoline, including clearance space; and whether the trampoline will be used for gymnastic training.
Trampoline sizes are equal to their edge-to-edge diameter, so a trampoline jumping area will be smaller than its listed size.
Which Trampoline is Best for You
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*Children under 6 years of age should not use trampolines for safety reasons.