im thinking about investing in a new trampoline for the garden, i know all the arguments about how dangerous they are, but i have to say, it is the most enjoyed gift my dd has ever had. it is a bit of an eyesore tho, so i have been thinking of having one sunk in so it is flush with the lawn, surely that has to be safer, and easier to play on. i have been hunting around on the web, but there seems to be a lack of info on this, can i just sink my trampoline? or do i need to buy a special one? any advice please?
only know 1 person with a 'sunken' trampoline and the hole underneath held rainwater for a LONG time which resulted in kids bouncing down into muddy water every time they went on it (tbh children loved it, but adults not so keen )
Sinking the trampoline looks much better, for the obvious reason and no expensive nets to get trashed. If you purchase a specialist in ground trampoline from Berg or Etam then you don't have to dig such a big hole and don't have the venting problems. I can send you information on digging in a regular trampoline if you already have one.
One distant day if you don't want to use the trampoline to exercise or sunbake and the children have left home then it could make a small pond!
i have to declare an interest as bouncy happy people sell both types because we love trampolines of all varieties - and getting kids outside away from the tv and computer for as long as possible!
im sure they HAD to buy a rectangle one cause a "normal round" one wouldnt have the air under it to bouce or something.
seemed a bit mad, but they were adament it had to be a certain one (though maybe the company that sold it told them that to make them buy it?)
(they sunk it into where their swimming pool had been)
I also know another family who did this... the had a "normal round" trampoline not sunk.... AND had a rectangle one sunk in the ground. (again made of the same mesh that other friend said was important to have so maybe some element of truth?)
they did just dig a whole, and put it in... BUT (and this is after a few years) the edges were not quite next to it anymore, the grass had sort of eroded away... and at one side it would have been possible (only just) to slide down under, and most of the sides id say you could have easily accidently got your leg stuck and resulted ina a very very nasty leg break.
Have to say i always felt much safer on my work tramplines with a full net as you couldnt fall off onto the ground! My last 2 jobs had 12ft tp trampolines with net and were such fun and just felt much safer! It never happened but i was always wary of 'what if'
ZOMBIE thread. We have a sunk round trampolene. Works fine. Sunk it almost 3 yrs ago. Nobody has ever sunk down or broken anything (all 4 DC pile on together & are pretty energetic).
You have to make space for air to get underneath when building it, so that it can bounce up & down. In hindsight I would favour more of elevating it slightly to create that gap (ours is more distanced from sides.
DH has bricked up the top sides to prevent sides from collapsing.
Weed-preventing layer on bottom, but not really needed.
Frogs & hedgehogs & other small wildlife fall down there, we should have built a staircase or similar for them, perhaps, to escape.
So need to have access to get down there for adults to rescue small creatures and other objects that can fall down.
Friends have a trampolene with no padding over springs, I think that's fairly dangerous, I know of cases of kids getting cuts & nasty bruises from catching leg between uncovered springs. Our executive padding cost like £120 but it's lasted very well for 4 years, money well spent.
We sunk our 12ft trampoline in the ground and it certainly makes the garden look less cluttered. An added benefit is that it doesn't blow over in strong winds like it used to! The biggest problem we encountered was allowing the air to move freely in and out of the hole when someone was bouncing. To begin with the air had nowhere to go and the padding that covered the springs would flap really annoyingly. My husband put some pipes in the hole to vent the air to the garden around the trampoline which has solved the problem, we got the idea from this article which has some useful info if you're considering doing this www.atlantictrampolines.co.uk/blog/1489/how-to-sink-a-trampoline-in-the-ground