A Guide to the Types and Styles of trampolines

Kids adore messing around on a trampoline and these days, there are some very safe designs around giving parents a lot of peace of mind. This is particularly true if the trampoline has a safety net enclosure around it which prevents children from falling off onto the ground. The one thing many parents notice is children don’t seem to lose interest in playing on trampolines unlike other outdoor toys they may have. Below is a guide to the types and styles of trampolines to help you make that all-important choice.

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Deciding on Your Budget

The first thing you need to decide is how much money you want to spend, remembering the better quality the trampoline is the more it will cost which is to be expected. High-end trampolines boast being extremely strong and durable, offering plenty of bounce and extra padding. However, mid-range trampolines too are worth looking at. The thing to avoid is buying a cheaper one because it will not be made to the high standards needed for outdoor play equipment where safety has to come first.

Choosing the Right Shape & Size

There’s a choice of shapes and depending on the space you have available, there are different size trampolines too. Naturally, you don’t need to buy an excessively large trampoline for younger children to play on, so when choosing one, this has to be factored in to your choice remembering children grow pretty quickly. It would be a false economy to invest in a small trampoline because they will grow out of it quickly.

Another question you need to ask yourself is whether any teenagers or adults would be using the trampoline – remember many people just can’t resist having a “quick go” on a trampoline. As such you need to look at all categories of trampolines available so you get it right first time.

Round Trampolines

Round trampolines are a great choice and very good value for money offering all-round family fun. The most popular sizes are the 12 and 14 foot trampolines – the measurement being the outside diameter of the actual frame. If you have a smallish garden, the 10 foot option might be a better choice size wise. Round trampolines are popular because they are safer to use. This is because they have a more predictable bounce that sends users back to the centre of the trampoline.

Oval Trampolines

Oval pod trampolines are a great innovation that combines aesthetics, safety and value for money in one attractive, fun package. When it comes to sizes, there’s one to suit even a smaller or narrower outdoor area. Oval pod trampolines are well designed to blend in with its surroundings, but at the same time offering great bounce performance as well as being able to take a lot of weight.

Rectangular Trampolines

Rectangular trampolines represent good value for money although there are fewer of these around than round ones. You would need to have enough space in your garden to accommodate a rectangular trampoline allowing enough space around it. There are some designs that offer the same type of performance and bounce as professional indoor trampolines. They are a great choice if you know the children and young adults are experienced enough to cope with the bounce.

Safety Net Enclosures

Often referred to as “fun rings” or “trampoline enclosures”, these nets prevent people from falling off trampolines. However, the quality of these safety nets does vary quite a bit and in the past have been supplied separately. These days, many trampolines come with integrated safety nets making it a whole lot easier when it comes to deciding which one to buy. The other advantage is there is no need for extra fixing brackets which ultimately makes the whole structure that much stronger.


Having a trampoline in your garden adds a great piece of outdoor equipment that children of all ages enjoy playing around on. You need to think carefully about which design and what size would suit your needs before investing in one. When you have decided or need help on choosing a trampoline, you should contact a reputable supplier and discuss your requirements with them. They would be able to offer you a guide to the types and styles of trampolines they have in stock which would meet your needs.

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