You’ve decided to buy a trampoline for your family. Now comes the hard part, deciding where to put it. The placement of your trampoline is probably one of the most important aspects of owning a trampoline. Setting your trampoline up in the right spot can make using your trampoline safer, while setting it up in the wrong spot can increase your risks of injury while using your trampoline. So where is the best place to set up your new trampoline, and what areas should you avoid? Hopefully after reading this, you will know what to think about when choosing where to set up your new trampoline. You will be able to choose the perfect spot to set up trampoline so that your family can enjoy a safer experience while spending time together.
Let’s start with where NOT to set up your trampoline. Trampolines can be dangerous, and setting up your trampoline in an unsafe way can greatly increase your risks of injury. So, what places should you avoid while setting up your trampoline?
Do not, under any circumstances, set your trampoline up on concrete or asphalt. These materials are not only extremely hard, but setting a trampoline on these hard surfaces also increases the instability of the trampoline while people are jumping. One of the most common injuries associated with the use of a trampoline are people falling off of the trampoline. If you place your trampoline on a hard surface like concrete or asphalt then a fall off the side can be extremely dangerous and cause severe injuries. Setting up a trampoline on a hard surface can also cause instability while jumping because there is nothing to absorb the impact of the jumps.
Putting a trampoline on top of your deck is probably not the most ideal place. It can be just as dangerous as placing the trampoline on concrete. However, if it’s your only option there are ways to make it safer. The safest thing to do would be to build a deck around your trampoline, so that your trampoline is level with your deck. But what if you only have an existing deck to work with? Then you need to take precautions to make this setup safer. Your trampoline will only be as sturdy as your deck, so you need to make sure you have a good quality deck that is capable of supporting the weight of your trampoline, and the force of people jumping on it. You would also need to find a way of anchoring your trampoline to your deck so that it doesn’t move around while it’s in use. Overhead and surrounding clearance would also need to be taken into consideration, as well as the placement and height of your deck’s railings. If you have no other option than to set your trampoline on a deck then getting an enclosure for your trampoline is probably going to be a must so that falls from the side can be avoided.
You should avoid placing your trampoline on uneven ground, or a sloped area. Setting your trampoline on uneven ground will cause the trampoline to be unstable and can even cause it to tip over while jumping on it. If you have nothing but uneven ground you can still set up a trampoline, but some alterations will be required. You will need to level out a spot for the trampoline and possibly need to anchor the trampoline in some way.
Aside from what you set your trampoline on, what you set your trampoline around is just as important. Clearance around and above your trampoline needs to be considered. You should avoid setting up your trampoline near trees, fences, bushes and swimming pools. Also leaving enough clearance from the side of your house or garage is important. Again, if you are limited on where you can set up your trampoline, you may have less clearance available. If this is the case, then you should at least take some precautions to make your trampoline safer and avoid injury. At the very least there should be nothing above the trampoline, like tree branches, that people could hit into while jumping. Using an enclosure can also prevent falls and prevent you from hitting into something that may be close to your trampoline.
We talked about where not to put your trampoline, now let’s go over some of the best places to set your trampoline up. Placing your trampoline in the right spot can decrease your risk of injury and make using your trampoline a little safer.
Possibly the safest place to set up a trampoline would be in the ground. Essentially digging a hole large enough for your trampoline to set into, and reinforcing the ground underneath and up the sides. This would make the trampoline level with the ground and eliminate the most dangerous aspect of trampoline use, falling off the trampoline. However, installing a trampoline in the ground is not easy. It would be a major construction project and will take a lot of work to get done.
Like we mentioned above, your trampoline should always be set up on a flat, level surface. Putting your trampoline in the most level area you have will keep it stabilized while you are jumping. If you don’t have a flat area, you may need to make some slight modifications to your yard, but you should still start with the most level area you have available.
It is always best to set up your trampoline in a grassy area of your yard. If someone falls from the trampoline, grass is going to be the softest thing they can fall on. It may not completely prevent injuries, but it will help to make them less severe if they do occur. Because grass and the ground under it is fairly soft, this will also allow the legs of the trampoline to settle into the ground slightly. The weight of the trampoline plus the weight and force of people jumping on it, will cause the trampoline legs to press down into the ground, making it more stable as time goes on.
It’s best to set your trampoline in an open area of your yard, away from the side of the house or garage, trees, fences, swimming pools, or hard surfaces. You should also make sure that you have enough clearance above the trampoline to jump safely, and nothing below the trampoline. This helps to prevent the possibility of hitting into or falling onto one of these objects while jumping. If you have no other options than to put your trampoline near one of these objects you still need some clearance to use your trampoline safely, and it’s always safer to have a trampoline enclosure. If you have a safety enclosure around your trampoline you need at least 1.5 feet of clearance around the entire perimeter of the trampoline. If you do not have an enclosure, then the clearance around your trampoline should be a minimum of 8 feet.
If you are able to, using padding or playground mulch around your trampoline can also be a great idea when setting up your trampoline. This can help soften the ground around your trampoline even more in case of a fall, and can help anchor the trampoline in place.
The weight of the trampoline should be all that is needed to keep the trampoline on the ground. However, if you live in an extremely windy area, or an area that experiences tornadoes, you should anchor your trampoline to the ground as an extra precaution. You can use sandbags on the legs, or they make special trampoline anchors that you can use to attach the trampoline firmly to the ground.
As long as your front yard meets the standards listed above, then it would be the same as installing it in your back yard. However, there are some considerations that you would need to take if you are wanting to put your trampoline in the front yard. If you live in a neighborhood with a homeowner’s association, they may not allow certain things in your front yard so you would need to check with the HA directly. Depending on the area you live in, there may also be city ordinances that prevent you from setting up your trampoline in certain areas, so it’s best to check with your city first if you want to set your trampoline up in your front yard. Something else to take into consideration, if you set a trampoline up in your open front yard, it may be seen as an invitation for neighborhood kids to come and use whenever they want, so that is another thing to think about.
As long as you make sure you set up your trampoline on level grass, and make sure you have enough clearance, you should be able to enjoy your trampoline in the safest way possible. But you should always check the area on and around your trampoline before each use as well. If the trampoline shifts at all while jumping, you should make sure you still have enough clearance, and move it back into position if necessary. Make sure that the trampoline is dry and clear before using. And check that there are no large sticks, rocks or other items laying around or under your trampoline that you could hit into while jumping, or land on if you fall off.
Hopefully this article has given you enough information to choose the best spot to set up your trampoline. As long as you set your trampoline up properly from the beginning, you should be able to enjoy a safer experience while using your trampoline for a very long time. Good luck, and happy jumping!