When we moved into our current home we inherited a trampoline from the previous owners. It was barely used and I have no idea why they left it behind but after a quick bounce from Dad and a thorough check we decided to hang on to it. Great decision because the girls have used it so much! It’s a perfect excuse to get them out of the house all year round and from tiny bounces they have evolved into ‘bum drops’ scissor jumps, star jumps, and 360s.
I am amazed at how long it has lasted. We have had to replace various parts over the years like the padding that goes around the bottom and the net too, but it was a photo I took earlier this year and posted on Facebook which drew some comments in from our friends.
I think that was the one that really opened my eyes and made me start searching ‘parts for trampolines ‘ online.
The photo was of the children bouncing away merrily with no safety net. The net had deteriorated over the winter and I hadn’t got around to replacing it. Plus every time I made a mental note to do so, it would immediately be covered by another trillion mental notes.
It might seem a bit harsh but all it takes is a nasty landing and you could potentially be looking at life changing injuries and even fatality.
As my trampoline is an odd size and shape (just different to the standard size) I couldn’t find the right net for the right amount of poles, all of my regular searches showed plenty of items but none that fitted our trampoline.
Would I have to throw it away? Where does one start with disposing of an old trampoline? the thought of dismantling it is enough to make me want to sit down and open a bottle of gin!
Time to get my finger out, I sat down in front of an empty browser began my search – parts for trampolines.
People of the internet, I came up trumps!
I found the perfect net and springs from the website – Parts for Trampolines, as all of ours were rusty. I was able to order online and the products arrived swiftly plus, they were easy to assemble thank lawd! No swearing from Dad.
Top tips for looking after a trampoline
Keep it clean – That might sound odd but dirt and debris left on the mat can eventually damage it or get caught in the springs. To clean it all you need is a bucket of soapy water and a soft brush, if you’re clever you could even convince the kids to do it for you. Surely it would be fun? Make sure they also check for spider webs, bugs, insects and build up of leaves and dirt. If you store your trampoline in the winter, make sure it is completely dry before packing away.
Placement – I discovered this one on my searches. A well placed trampoline can extend the life for years. Look for a shady spot but make sure there are no overhanging branches or other objects nearby that avid jumpers might bang into! Plus, if it’s directly under a tree, that’s going to be a lot of leaves to clean throughout the year! Do we have to say – don’t place it near the barbecue or the fire pit? Possibly yes, let’s cover all bases.
If you are going to place it next to your fence, make sure it’s not by your neighbour’s fire area as embers caught in the wind can travel and land on your rubber mat singing burn holes into it.
Parts for trampolines
Are all of the springs connected? Are they damaged?
Are there any holes in the net?
Are any of the poles broken or bent?
Is the netting ripped?
Is the trampoline standing on a flat surface?
Look out for wear and tear on the mat or any sagging or tension issues. Excessive stretching of or damage to the springs.
Is the mat excessively stretched? Is it frayed, ripped or has the stitching come undone?
Check the frame connections. Is it bent? Are the welds broken?
Weatherproof your trampoline
Look for a rust resistant frame and a rugged mat. If you have bad winters remove the mat, leaving the frame where it is. The springs can be stored in a box and oiled before reusing. If you can’t store away, turn the frame on its side to prevent leaves or snow collecting on the mat and weakening it. Just make sure there is nothing sharp close by that could rip the mat.
A weakened mat won’t hold a jumper and they could find themselves jumping straight through! So keep an eye out for any accumulation during the winter months and remove it as and when. If it’s snow – it’s the perfect spot for making snowballs, just don’t tell the kids ;)
You can also invest in trampoline covers which protect the mats from frost and make the cleaning of debris easier.
Rules for the trampoline!
To keep your trampoline in the very best shape there are a few rules to put in place that EVERYONE has to adhere to, no excuses for anyone.
Only one jumper at a time – we need to be more rigid on this rule.
No climbing up the safety net.
Above all have fun! Look after your trampoline and you’ll have years of bouncy fun!