Once you start shopping around for trampolines, you will soon discover how many options are available on the market. Not only do they come in a wide variety of shapes, functions, and designs, they also come in many sizes.
Picking the perfect size can become quite complicated. There are a variety of factors you have to consider before buying a trampoline, especially when there are so many different types available. To help you make an informative decision, we’ve created the ultimate guide to choosing the perfect trampoline size.
Indoors or Outdoors?
Knowing exactly where you want to place the new addition to your home, will help you pick the perfect shape and size. Backyards are typically the perfect spot to place a jumping toy, because it has the most space and allows for fresh air while exercising.
There are some cases where the backyard doesn’t provide efficient space, and then you can opt to put your trampoline indoors.
You might want to take out the measuring tape and measure the area that you are considering to put the trampoline on. Make sure that there is efficient space on all sides of the unit.
This is important for when jumpers have to move on and off of the unit. Placing it close to walls and hard trees isn’t the best idea. Even if the unit has safety netting around it, surfaces too close to the net can cause serious injuries.
Furthermore, you have to decide whether you want a unit that can be placed inside the ground or rests on a stable structure. Units that can be inserted into the ground are usually rectangular and typically large enough for gymnasts to practice flips and tricks on.
You have to make sure that the ground is such a texture that it’s able to be removed, to create a hole in the ground. Without damaging any pipes that might be placed underneath.
Watch this time lapse of a trampoline installation in the ground:
Once you know where you want to place the unit and whether it’s round or rectangular. You will be able to take measurements for a more accurate indication of how much space you have available for the unit.
You might have some space available inside where you want to place a trampoline. The most important thing to consider is height. To avoid heads hitting against the ceiling, you need to make sure you have a high ceiling with enough space for jumping.
Instead of getting a unit that stands very high on the ground, you can opt for a shorter and smaller unit.
Some gyms, with high ceilings, have rectangular Olympic sized trampolines which is perfect for practicing in any kind of weather. For smaller indoor spaces there are low leveled mini trampolines, some even come with handlebars in order for you to control the height of your jump.
What’s Your Family’s Preference?
No need in buying a huge Olympic sized trampoline when your family only wants to use it as a fun recreational activity. Or even worse, buying a very small unit when your kids want to practice flips and tricks. You can click here to learn more about what trampoline size and shape is the most suited to your needs.
Here is a list of different sizes and what they cater best for:
A Round 8-10 Foot – Perfect for a smaller outside or courtyard area. Great for younger children who enjoys jumping alone. It has certain weight restrictions because of the smaller size.
A Round 12 Foot – Perfect for older children, teens, and young adults. Two younger children can jump simultaneously, but older children and adults only one at a time.
A Round 14-15 Foot – Perfect for large backyards. Families for children older than 10 who loves jumping will benefit greatly from this bigger trampoline. Especially when jumpers are sociable and enjoys jumping activities with friends.
A Rectangular 7-10 Foot – A perfectly sized trampoline that can fit into rectangular spaces. It can also be built into the ground quite easily, but only accommodate one person at a time for safety.
A Rectangular 8-12 Foot – A great trampoline for beginner gymnasts. As the bounce on a rectangular trampoline is better than on a round one. When you purchase one that can easily be folded up and stowed away, you will save space when it’s not in use.
A Rectangular 10×17 Foot – is the perfect Olympic sized trampoline for kids who need to practice gymnastics at home. It requires a really big yard or indoor space. Fitted for children, and young adults who are heavier than 65 kilograms.
The mat has a specific 2-string weave that allows it to be more durable while creating a surface for a very high jump.
When you consider the different sizes of trampolines, you can keep in mind that many models do have an easy-storage feature. If you don’t want to give your entire backyard to a trampoline, you can purchase a unit that can be folded up and safely stowed away when not in use.