Find the Right Trampoline for a Small Yard
When you go out to buy a trampoline and don’t have a lot of room in your yard, there are a number of factors that you need to consider. This will ensure that you get the right one that will serve you for many years. If you have kids and want to provide them with a healthy form of entertainment, it is important to ensure that you have taken into consideration aspects such as the amount of space you have, trampoline shape, weight limit, and desired performance. Keeping an eye out while shopping for these features will go a long way in making your shopping experience as seamless as possible.
A trampoline in a small backyard can give you all the enjoyment you need, but it is necessary that you have space in your yard not only for the trampoline but also for some movement all around it. Here is where the shape of your backyard requires you to consider the right shape for the trampoline that you choose so that it fits into your backyard comfortably and does not cause a jumping hazard. Trampolines must have enough space all around them for easy access and for safe jumping. This space must also not have any plants or other obstructions. The space above trampolines must also be clear to allow jumpers to go to higher heights and not be obstructed by the branches of trees or any structure.
Trampolines come in many shapes, circular, square, octagonal, or even rectangular. Look at the overall size of your trampoline and see if it fits into a corner of your yard so that you are free to use the remaining space for other activities. You should have sufficient space around for easy access. If you have children using the trampoline and need them to be supervised, some space for a deckchair for the minder will come in handy. Depending on the shape of the device, there are a variety of configurations to consider while determining the best position for the trampoline in the yard. A round trampoline will work best in the center of the yard, while a rectangle trampoline is easier to position along the edges.
Round trampolines are the most popular, and the smallest trampoline will be a diameter of 5-6 feet that allows two children but will allow only one adult to use it comfortably. Larger ones go as much as 16 feet in diameter but are probably not suitable for small backyards. Remember you need to have some space around your trampoline also. They come in many styles, and they are easier to cover with a safety net. The weight is evenly distributed on all springs, leading to even wear on them. These trampolines tend to force jumpers towards the center where it dips the most and can cause users to bump into each other if there is more than one user.
Rectangular or Square
As we mentioned earlier, often the shape of small backyards can make it impossible for you to install circular trampolines and your choice may get limited to those that are rectangular or square. In these trampolines, weight is not evenly distributed, and this means that its users have more control of where they want to stay during their bounces and control their landings. Furthermore, they are easier to perform tricks on due to higher bounces and better performance. However, the uneven distribution of loads can lead to any side wearing out faster than the other. Their shape also requires them to have larger and heavier frames. This can result in them being more expensive than the round models. Their assembly and support system can be elaborate and difficult.
Oval trampolines are not very popular but can be installed in less space and offer more control and stability than round trampolines do. They will allow for higher weights than round trampolines and have no dead spots. It is a little complicated to set up oval-shaped trampolines.
Polygonal or octagonal trampolines have multiple sides, though the jumping pad in them is always around. They require lesser space than the square or rectangular shapes and give greater stability and control. The shape helps in balancing the jumping of multiple users but adds to the difficulty in erecting it.
Other Factors That Need To Be Considered
We have already told you about the shape and size that you need for a trampoline in your small backyard, as well as the clearances they must have. Let us now move on to other things that will affect your purchase of a trampoline.
The trampoline you buy must be able to carry the weight of the number of people that will be using it. Heavier weights, an increase in the number of people using it simultaneously, will require sturdier frames that will last for a long time.
A trampoline net is connected to a surrounding frame with springs that will give you the bounce that you need when using it. High-tension springs will give you limited bounce but a firmer mat. This will prevent multiple users from bumping into each other. Low-tension springs will give you higher bounces and softer landings. You can also buy trampolines that are spring-less and save you the danger of injury from falling on springs or other sharp edges.
While these may not be strictly necessary, they do prevent you from falling out of the trampoline and are almost a must for trampolines that are at high levels. They are essential when children are the users of the trampoline.
Safety padding covers the outer edge of the jumping mat, where the springs connect. Safety pads are placed over the springs to prevent feet and toes from getting caught in the springs on errant landings. While these accessories are included with many trampolines, don’t take it for granted and ensure that your selected model has safety spring padding. These are commonly sold separately at an affordable price if it does not. As a side note, a ladder is also a convenient option for easily accessing the trampoline. Like spring pads, these are sold separately and don’t cost too much.
When you are placing your trampoline in your small backyard, give thought to the ground, which is the best level and has no slopes. the ground should be soft. Lighting can always be added if you plan to use the trampoline in the late evenings. See that you perform regular checks on all the parts of the trampoline especially the springs and jumping pads.
Having a smaller yard doesn’t mean that you can’t have a trampoline for entertainment purposes. While there are challenges associated with limited space, there is a trampoline for almost every situation. As long as you pay close attention to any constraints that may be present, a model is available that will fit perfectly in your yard and provide years of enjoyment.