Trampolines are becoming increasingly popular - children love them for their bouncing up and down thrill and parents are finding out that trampolines aren't just for fun; they are a great way of exercising and a great family hobby.
How to choose the right trampoline?
Your first consideration should be who is going to use it - just children or adults too? You need to look at the weight and age limitations of each model and if small children are going to use it look at safety enclosures too.
Trampolines come in all sorts of colours, sizes and shapes as well as quality. They are mainly for outdoor use but there are some for indoors use too.
Mesh mat and frame pads
These keep your child safe from injury by covering up the springs and hard surfaces your child plays.
For smaller children there is a range of tiny trampolines with handles that they can hold onto while they're bouncing.
Keep your children safe with an enclosure surrounding the trampoline. Supplied with most of trampolines, the enclosure reduces the risk of children accidentally bouncing off the trampoline whilst still giving them a full view of their surroundings.
Some trampolines can be used indoors as well as out; however, we recommend you test it outside first to judge whether your ceiling is high enough to use indoors.
Age and weight
As with all outdoor toys, if your child is outside the trampoline's age range, they must not use it for safety reasons.
We always recommend only one child uses the trampoline at a time. Our website and catalogue show maximum user weights for all of our outdoor equipment; please follow these to stay safe.
All our trampolines require self-assembly. It's best to have at least two people involved in assembling the trampoline; partly to speed up construction, but mainly from a safety perspective. It's strongly advisable to wear gloves to protect your hands from pinch points during assembly.
More useful information
RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) have a helpful guide on their website about trampoline safety.