Summer is here!
If you’re a mom like me, trying to find activities for your kids, why not get a trampoline? A trampoline provides the ultimate thrill for kids with lots of energy to burn off. They will get plenty of exercises while having loads of fun.
Adults too can benefit from using a trampoline for lighthearted fun and fitness. With a trampoline, your kids can jump and bounce to their heart’s content. Are you wondering how to choose the best trampoline for your family? Here are some things to consider:
Trampolines vary in size, shape, and features. You want to ensure it’s sturdy enough to bear the weight of kids and adults. Some studies show many children get injured from trampoline accidents each year.
For children up to 3 years old, safety handles will help keep their balance while bouncing around.
Another feature is safety netting. A net enclosure helps keep kids within the jumping area and minimizes the chances of slipping off the edges.
Choose sturdy springs, poles and padded mats, to help secure the trampoline in place for added stability.
When considering the best trampoline, carefully assess space, you plan to set up your unit.
First, choose a spot that’s as level as possible. Avoid areas with slopes that may cause your trampoline to topple under pressure.
Also, set up your trampoline in areas away from trees, fences, and other objects in your yard.
Measure the area and match it against the sizes you have in mind to get the best fit. The width and depth of your yard space will determine which shape will work for you.
You can get a trampoline from as small as 8 feet and up to 15 feet in diameter and 2 to 8 feet high.
A small yard space may easily accommodate a trampoline between 8 to 10 feet around.
A medium-size trampoline is averaged around 12 feet and large models from 14 to 15 feet in diameter.
For smaller kids, up to 3 feet is good. For 5 year-olds, at least 7 feet, and children up to age 10, size 10–12 foot trampolines may be adequate. For children 12 years and over, any size more than 12 feet high should suffice.
The more people using the trampoline means you’ll need to buy a larger model.
Choose your trampoline according to the combined weight capacity of the intended users and the level of activities.
If your trampoline is for kids as well as adults, you’ll need to consider the weight carefully. The weight capacity can start at 50 lbs. for small kids’ models and between 250 to 600 pounds depending on the shape, design, and other features.
Often, two or more kids like to jump together, or if it’s not sturdy enough, it may sag. Some trampolines are available with extra components like steel frames, springs, arches, and poles for added sturdiness.
For gymnastics practice or enthusiasts, buy a trampoline between 10–17 feet, depending on the size of your yard space.
Choose the right accessories
To get the best trampoline for your family’s needs, the right accessories could make the difference in durability and stability.
It’s a worthwhile consideration to purchase replacement parts that will protect your investment over time.
Basketball hoops, bounce boards, and other accessories can help boost your children’s confidence level for other sporting activities.
Bounce boards are a fun, safe way for kids to practice stunts and tricks on the trampoline. They are available with footholds on a foam surface for added stability and security.
Look for high-quality stakes, poles, springs, padding, and nets. Choose materials that can withstand rust, wind, snow, and other weather hazards.
Choose according to your needs
Trampolines come in shapes like oval, round, rectangular, octagon, and square. They can work for indoor as well as outdoor use.
Smaller indoor trampolines are ideal or toddlers or small kids. They are compact and easy to set up, lift, and store. Mini trampolines are great for indoor exercise workouts they fit well in small spaces or home gyms.
For confined yard spaces, a circular trampoline may work best. If your space is narrow, an oval unit may be your best fit. If space is not an issue, larger, square or oval trampolines are ideal.
Rectangular trampolines are suited to long, narrow yard spaces. Unlike other trampolines, you can set them up near to the patio or corner fence.
They are ideal for adults and sportspersons for game practice or fitness regimes. They provide lots of height and bounce.
Round trampolines are versatile, affordable, safe, and easy to handle. They range in sizes from 5 to 15 feet.
Square trampolines offer reasonable bounce and are better suited to small backyard spaces.
Choosing the best trampoline depends on several key indicators. Factors like yard space, weight, safety, and personal needs, will influence the type of trampoline you purchase.
Ensure you get a unit with sturdy components, adequate cushioning, and one that will easily fit into the space you have.