So, the decision has been made to invest in a trampoline for your home. You know that a trampoline is something that can be fun for both kids and adults. Trampolining, when enjoyed safely, can even offer some health benefits including improved posture and balance.
So what’s the next step? There are a few things to consider, once all the cheering and excitement has died down, with the first, possibly most daunting question – What trampoline size?
Consider who is going to use the trampoline. Those joining you in the fun may range from your children’s friends, neighbors and their visitors, all the way through to extended family and more during holiday times.
If adults will be using the trampoline, consider that there are many differences in weight capacities.
The trampoline you chose needs to be able to cope with all that use.
Ranging from 6 to 17 feet in diameter, trampoline sizes vary in as many ways as their users. If this is for one person a larger unit may seem wasteful, but if there are going to be more than one person on at a time then a smaller trampoline will grow to be inadequate very quickly.
Remember your family is growing. A smaller trampoline for five and six year olds may soon be inadequate for eleven and twelve year olds.
Your trampoline purchase has to be considered carefully for the use it will receive, and be capable of bouncing back (sorry) for everyone’s enjoyment in years to come.
Now for the fun stuff. While the shape of your trampoline is somewhat a personal preference, there are some things you may not be aware of in terms of why trampolines are shaped the way that they are, apart from the obvious surface area differences.
Historically, rectangular shaped trampolines were for the gymnast, and a serious training tool for those involved in the sport for more than recreational purposes. The round shaped units were seen for home based play, becoming an almost essential piece of backyard equipment.
As with most things in life, a hybrid was introduced in the form of oval shaped, and rounded rectangle trampolines. Simply a melding of the square and round, varying shaped trampolines remain very popular today.
The main areas of difference between the traditional rectangular and the more modern shapes is in the user experience. Round and oval will provide a softer, and slower bounce, whereas the square and rectangular type are known to have more left and a firmer bounce.
This of course is dependent on manufacturer. The best idea is to get on and jump!
In conjunction with the size of the actual trampoline, the property in which to house it needs to be considered in all of this.
Naturally, your yard or land will need to be a reasonable size to house the construction you have in mind. A quick calculation before you set off to purchase will sometimes determine how big you can go.
Don’t be discouraged if have a smaller yard to deal with. This doesn’t mean you cannot enjoy this activity as much as anyone else, you may just need to be a bit more creative in your placement.
At the end of the day, size does matter, but don’t be concerned about some of these things to be considered and learned. It simply makes you a savvy consumer.
Armed with the right intentions, and a little bit of self-education, will see your trampoline purchase become an extension of your family’s entertainment and time together for years to come.
After all, you’re making memories here.
It takes the best to provide the best experiences. Get out and play today!
Contact us and let us show you how to create your very own trampoline memories.