How to Set Up a Trampoline -Tips and Tricks
Now that the weather is getting nicer, you most likely want to get outside and enjoy the warm sun. While there are plenty of different activities you can do during this time of the year, none are quite as fun and exciting as a trampoline. Whether you get one that is extra long or extra wide, this device can turn your backyard into a fun zone for the whole family. Unfortunately, putting together a trampoline is a somewhat complicated and laborious effort, which is why we are here to guide you through the process. Sure, you could pay someone else to build it for you, but why waste the money when you can do it yourself?
For this tutorial, we will be going over the assembly process for a large scale trampoline without an enclosure net. However, we understand that some models have the net, so if yours does, then you will have to put that together separately. Fortunately, the net is a relatively straightforward process that involves attaching the posts to the frame and then tying the netting to the posts. It shouldn’t take too long to build, even if you’re by yourself.
What You’ll Need for This Tutorial
We did mention that putting together a trampoline can be a complicated process, but that doesn’t mean that you need a lot of different tools to make it work. In fact, most sets come with the basic equipment required, so you shouldn’t have to bring much to the table to get it all set up correctly. That being said, here is what you should have on hand for your assembly.
- Phillips Screwdriver
- Spring Puller
- One or two adjustable wrenches
Usually, the kit should have a spring puller and a set of small wrenches for you to use. However, if you have your own, then we recommend using those as you can usually get better leverage overall. Also, if you want to make your connections as tight as possible, you could use a cordless drill with a screwdriver bit if you like. However, that is not necessary.
Step by Step Guide
For this tutorial, we are going to go over everything, piece by piece, so that you don’t miss any part of the setup process. We will also provide tips and tricks for each step so you can make sure that you get the best results for your trampoline. Before we get started, however, just know that it’s always better to enlist the help of a friend for this type of work as you will be putting frames together, and it can be tricky if you do it by yourself.
Step One: Arrange Your Pieces
Before you even start putting things together, you want to make sure that you have everything that you’re supposed to. You don’t want to get most of the way through and discover that you’re missing a vital piece. Instead, double check all of your components with the manual to see that everything is accounted for. Also, during this time you want to put everything in organized piles so that you can access them much easier. If everything is sitting on top of each other, then it will make your assembly go much harder than it should.
Step Two: Start With the Circular Pieces
The frame is the most important component of your trampoline as it is the foundation upon which everything rests. Thus, if the frame is weak, you could risk injuring yourself or others by jumping on it as it could collapse. As such, take your time and make sure that everything is secure before moving on to the next step.
To make things easier on yourself, start with the circular portion first, and then you’ll attach the legs. The reason that you want to do it this way is that you can set the frame upside down and attach the feet vertically. This will make the whole process easier as you can then turn the whole frame right side up when you’re finished.
Step Three: Attach the Legs
In some cases, the legs will be fastened with pegs and holes, rather than screws and bolts. If that is the case, you may need your mallet to make sure that they are in properly. The same can also be true if you have to screw them in as they may have to go into the hole first. Regardless, keep your mallet nearby during this step.
Step Four: Turn the Trampoline Right Side Up
As we mentioned above, it’s much easier to put the legs on if they are sticking up into the sky. This also means that you have to flip the whole thing over once they are attached. This is where having a friend help you will come to your advantage.
Step Five: Check All Fasteners
Go over each part that requires a screw and make sure that a) a screw is in there, and b) it’s as tight as possible. Also, be sure that you have the bolts on the other side to keep everything in place and that they are all tight as well. In this case, you may want to have a cordless drill handy as it can make the whole thing go by a lot faster and save your hand from cramping.
Also, the reason that you want to check these after you flip the trampoline instead of before is that the weight of the frame will show you any wobbly or weak spots right away. It can be hard to see them when it’s upside down.
Step Six: Start Installing the Springs
At first glance, you may think that the easiest thing to do would be to start at one point and go all the way around. However, this is a huge mistake and could force you to start all the way over if you do it this way. The reason for that is the springs will start to pull in one direction, making it nearly impossible to hook them up on the opposite side.
Instead, you want to start with springs on each side of the mat and fill them in evenly to prevent excessive pulling in one section. If you think of the trampoline as a clock, you want to put screws at 12, 3, 6, and 9 o'clock. This will ensure that you get an even pull as you put the rest of the springs in.
Another thing to mention here is that you want to be wearing gloves during this whole process. The springs can pinch your skin really easily, so protect your fingers by wearing thick and durable gloves the whole time.
Step Seven: Finish Installing the Springs
Once you have set up the mat with the first four springs, then you want to rotate and do four more on opposite sides. Continuing with the clock face, these will be at 1, 4, 7, and 10 o’clock. Then you want to do the rest of the hours, which are 2, 5, 8 and 11 o’clock. If you do it correctly, then your springs should be evenly spread around the whole mat. To make sure that it’s all done well, count the number of spaces between your four master springs and put the others in even positions.
Once you have your basic spring layout done, then you can start to fill in the rest. For best results, you will do two opposite sides simultaneously, which is where having a friend can help immensely. However, if you are doing it yourself, then do a few on one side, then go over to the opposite end and do a few over there. Continue in this manner until all the springs are attached. If you do it correctly, there shouldn’t be a section that is pulling harder than any other.
If, unfortunately, that does happen, you may want to pull springs out of that section and try reattaching them. Hopefully, you won’t have to start back over, but if it does have a significant pull, you may need to start from scratch.
Step Eight: Place the Protective Pad
To keep you from hurting yourself on the springs, the trampoline should have a pad that goes all the way around and covers them completely. You will want to place the pad on top and then tie it tightly wherever there is rope. The tighter it is, the less likely it will pull off and expose the springs underneath.
After you have finished with the pad, you’re all done. If you do have an enclosure net, you will have to follow the manual to see how to put that together. As we mentioned, it’s a simple process that doesn’t require a lot of technical know-how like the trampoline.
Once you’ve gotten your trampoline up and running, we hope that it provides you and your family with endless hours of fun and entertainment. The important thing to remember is to practice safety at all times, so don’t have multiple people jumping on it and make sure that you avoid the edges. There’s nothing worse than landing on the springs or the frame, as it can result in severe injury.
Another thing to keep in mind is that you have to put your trampoline away during the colder months, especially if you get snow. Leaving it out during the winter will weaken the springs and the mat, meaning that when you want to jump on it again, it could snap or break in half. Otherwise, it should last you year after year and keep your backyard a joyful playground for many seasons to come.