Thinking about buying a trampoline? A trampoline is one ingredient for a perfectly happy, healthy childhood. And with so many great products and accessories on the market, now is the time to buy! Here’s what you need to consider before you bite the bullet.
The most important thing is to ensure that the trampoline you ultimately choose will fit in your outside space. A good quality trampoline could last an entire childhood – and beyond! So it is important that you get one that is big enough for your child as they grow, but not too big for your garden. Ideally your trampoline will be 3 metres away from trees, fences or posts – for the longest use over the years, get the biggest you can without filling up your entire garden!
Most standard trampolines are round and, with the springs evenly spread, provide a central point to which users are inevitably bounced. Oval trampolines can offer a little more versatility both in terms of the number of people that can bounce on it, as well as fitting in your garden. They have two bounce spots and are suitable for bigger kids (and adults!). If you have a serious bouncer in your family, or you have a larger family, investing in a square trampoline might be the best option for you. With four sweet spots and yellow guidelines, a square trampoline can handle more bouncers and can help gymnasts to perfect their landing. What’s more, you can add a couple of trampoline basketball hoops and turn it into a bouncy basketball court!
Consider the age of the users now, but also factor in the fact that all children grow! What seems like a perfect, bijou size now may be way too small next year. And it’s not just the size that counts! Quality is important here, too. Good quality trampolines have a more robust set up – more springs mean a higher weight capacity, so take the number of springs into account in order to make sure that your kids can bounce no matter how big they get.
Like many active products, trampolines vary wildly in price. You can pick one up from a high street store, or even from the supermarket for a fraction of professional trampoline companies. However, you definitely get what you pay for. Go for the best quality trampoline that you can afford, and you will be rewarded with years of happy, safe bouncing. Scrimp on quality and you will find yourself struggling to find spare parts to fit your niche, super-market produced trampoline.
Buying a trampoline is definitely an investment, but it is one that you won’t regret. You can bounce, play, relax – even camp! On your trampoline for many happy, healthy years to come.