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Children playing on a large trampoline in the garden

Trampolines: 7 things to consider before buying

Trampolines offer endless fun and fitness right in your backyard. But before deciding on getting one, how do you know which one to choose? You might ask yourself “Which trampoline should I buy?” and that is indeed a good question – what should that decision be based on? There are several things to be aware of when looking for a garden trampoline for your family. This guide will help you make the best decision for investing in a trampoline as well as your family's enjoyment and safety.

    1. Assess your space

    Before getting a trampoline, the first thing you should determine is the outdoor space in which you want to place it. A soft surface such as grass or rubber playground tiles is generally preferable. Avoid placing a trampoline on, or for in-ground trampolines next to hard surfaces such as concrete, tiles, or a wooden deck – the risk of injuries is considerably higher if a person falls on a hard surface.
    You should also consider how much of your outdoor or garden space you want to dedicate to the trampoline. Measure the area and choose a trampoline that fits comfortably, leaving enough room around it for safe bouncing.

    2. Determine the right size

    Selecting the right size trampoline depends on who will be using it. Trampolines are available in different sizes, commonly ranging between 250 cm and 426 cm. The larger the trampoline, the higher the weight limit generally is. For families with children, choose a trampoline with a weight capacity suitable for both kids and adults. Larger families or those where two children will be bouncing together should opt for a spacious trampoline with a high weight limit.

    3. Prioritise safety

    Safety should always come first when choosing a trampoline. As mentioned in a previous section, you should prioritise placing the trampoline on or near a soft surface to mitigate any potential risk of injuries. For additional safety, the outer edge of our trampolines is covered in protective padding, and they also come with safety nets to prevent users from accidentally leaping off the trampolines. 
    It is also recommended that only one person uses the trampoline at a time, with two younger children jumping together generally not being an issue.

    4. Visual appeal

    You can also enhance the look, or depending on your point of view, prevent the disruption of the look of your garden by choosing a trampoline that complements your outdoor space. In-ground trampolines offer a sleek and minimalist appearance, while above-ground models can add a playful touch to your backyard.

    In-ground trampoline with safety net and padded outer edge
    Small trampoline with ladder, padded edges, and safety net

    5. Maintenance tips

    Keep an eye out for the condition of your trampoline to ensure that it is in top condition. Inspect the frame, springs, and padding regularly for signs of wear and tear. Clean the trampoline surface and enclosure netting periodically to remove dirt and debris. With proper care and maintenance, one of our trampolines can last for many years. To learn more about the various materials used in trampolines, check out our comprehensive guide to outdoor furniture materials

    6. Make a future-proof choice

    It is also worth keeping in mind that if you are getting the trampoline for your children, children always grow up so much faster than we think they should, and so a trampoline with a weight limit on the lower end might end up lasting only a few years – investing in a larger one with a higher weight limit will stay suitable for growing children for longer.

    7. Benefits of jumping on a trampoline

    A garden trampoline is not just another rather large backyard toy but can serve a great purpose as a fitness activity in disguise. It is especially beneficial as a physical activity for children. The movements that children make on a trampoline require them to coordinate their body parts, keep their balance, react quickly, and stay on beat – and if they are jumping with a sibling or a friend, a social aspect will also be part of the activity. 

    Get more help in your local JYSK store

    If you have any questions or would like more information before deciding to purchase a trampoline, you are always welcome to visit your local JYSK store and get guidance from our staff. You can also reach out to us in the chat box in our online store. 

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