Which trampoline size is right for me?
The size of the trampoline you need depends on various factors, the space available in your garden and what you intend to use it for. Here are some general recommendations that can help you choose the right size:
- Space requirements: Make sure you have enough space in the garden to set up the trampoline and to be able to safely bounce on the trampoline with enough clearance from any objects such as walls. There should be a distance of about 2.5m (8.2ft) between the trampoline and any obstacles such as trees, fences, or walls as well as enough space above the trampoline to bounce safely. Do not place the trampoline directly under any trees or overhanging objects.
- Diameter: Our round trampolines are between 6ft (1.8m) and 14ft (4.3m) in diameter. A 6ft (1.8m) to 10ft (3m) trampoline is usually sufficient for one person or a child, while 12ft (3.7m) and 14ft (4.3m) offer more space. We advise to only have 1 person on the trampoline at any one time to avoid potential injuries caused from collisions. Due to the round shape, children are always automatically drawn to the middle when jumping, therefore, this form also offers the greatest possible safety for inexperienced jumpers.
- Rectangular trampolines: Our rectangular trampolines are ideal for older children who are already advanced and want to practice their technique. The special feature of rectangular trampolines is that they offer two equivalent jumping areas. The jumpers are not automatically pulled to the centre like the round models. (we don’t advise acrobatics.)
- Age of users: If the trampoline is mainly used by children, a smaller size up to 2.5 m(8.2ft) can be sufficient. However, if adults will also be using the trampoline, you should consider a larger trampoline.
Please be advised that the dimensions specified are always the overall dimensions. This means that the spring cover is also included. The jumping surface is always a little smaller. The exact dimensions of the trampoline and jumping space are found on the respective product details page.
No matter which trampoline you choose, your children will be delighted and have a lot of fun with their new trampoline. If space permits, we recommend that you choose the largest trampoline possible so that your children can enjoy their trampoline as they grow.
What does the "Max User Weight" mean and how important is it?
Many trampoline manufacturers advertise with a very high maximum weight allowance and thus suggest that their trampolines are of high quality.
What is behind it and is it really that important?
First of all: Our trampolines are tested according to the EN standard with a 3-fold of their maximum weight allowance and must not show any deformations or defects . They can therefore be loaded far beyond the maximum weight allowance.
But why don't you advertise with a weight limit of 180 or even 200 kg?
The reason for this is simple: the weight load of a trampoline is not limited by the stability of the frame, but by the distance between the jumping mat and the ground under load. Here the distance must not be less than 40 cm. So you can achieve a high weight allowance with a very tightly stretched jumping mat and hard springs. However, the performance and jumping fun of a trampoline suffers as a result. A high maximum user weight can therefore be described as rather counterproductive.
Why do Zero Gravity Trampolines have an Interior safety net rather than an exterior safety net?
An external safety net is attached directly to the net poles and encloses the springs. This gives the jumper the greatest possible freedom within the trampoline, however, we chose the internal safety net as it excludes the net posts and trampoline springs, avoiding contact with them and possible injury. The interior safety net is a much safer option and doesn’t stop the fun!
How do I secure the trampoline against storms?
You can secure a garden trampoline against storms in various ways:
- Tie Down Kits: Special ground Tie Down Kits are available for trampolines. Attach the Tie Down Kits to the trampoline frame and anchor them to the ground with steel cables or strong ties. This keeps the trampoline on the ground even when strong winds are blowing. Our Zero Gravity Trampoline Tie down kits can take a load of over 150kg before breaking and are easy to install. They make the perfect accessory for our trampolines.
- Remove cover and lower net: If you know a strong storm is coming, you should remove the trampoline cover. The cover can act like a sail and cause the trampoline to move, causing damage or injury. You should also lower the net for the same reason.
- Dismantling the Trampoline: If you know a very strong storm is coming, it may be best to completely dismantle the trampoline and store it in a sheltered garage or shed until the storm passes.
It is important that you always secure the trampoline to avoid injury or damage.
How do I prepare my trampoline for winter?
If you have a garden trampoline that you won't be using during the winter, you should winterize it to protect it from damage from the elements. Here are some steps you can take:
- Cover: Cover the trampoline with a special trampoline cover to protect it from snow, ice and other elements. A cover also protects the frame from water damage and rusting.
- Cleaning: Before you cover the trampoline, you should clean it thoroughly to remove dirt and dust. It is best to use a damp cloth for this.
- Springs: Check the trampoline's springs and frame for rust and remove it with a rust remover if necessary. It is important that you let the springs and frame dry before covering the trampoline.
- Dismantling: If you will not be using the trampoline over the winter, we recommend that you dismantle it completely and store it in a sheltered space such as a garage or shed. Make sure all parts are carefully labelled and stored to facilitate spring rebuilds.
- Ground Tie Down Kits: If you use ground Tie Down Kits to secure your trampoline, you should remove them and clean them thoroughly before storing them.
These steps will optimally prepare your garden trampoline for the winter and protect it from damage caused by the weather.
How do I care for my trampoline for a long service life?
To keep your garden trampoline safe and durable, it is important to take care of it regularly. Here are some tips for maintaining your trampoline:
- Cleaning: Clean the trampoline regularly with a damp cloth to remove dirt and dust. Use water as well if needed.
- Frame inspection: Check the frame regularly for cracks, breaks or other damage. If you find any, you should take the trampoline out of service immediately and have it repaired or replaced.
- Jumpming Mat Inspection: Check the jump mat for holes or wear. If you find any, you should repair the affected areas or replace the mat.
- Spring Inspection: Check the springs for rust or other damage. If you find rusty or broken springs, you should replace them.
- Weather Resistance: Make sure your trampoline is suitable for outdoor use and can withstand all weather conditions. If you don't use it for a long time, you should cover it or store it in a protected area.
- Safety Precautions: Ensure that all safety precautions such as netting and padded frame cover are intact and securely attached.
- Weight limit: Make sure your trampoline's weight limit is not exceeded to avoid damage and injury.
If you take good care of your trampoline, you and your family will be able to enjoy it for many years to come.