13 tips for buying a trampoline

Finally been ground down by the incessant demands for a trampoline in your garden? Here's our guide to making sure you get maximum bounce for your buck.

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1. Size matters

Get the biggest you can to allow kids to grow into it - an 8ft round one or bigger is ideal, according to Mumsnetters. Bear in mind, though, that really big ones can end up with lots of children on at one time, and that's the most common cause of accidents.

2. Think of mums - then think of NETS

Two children on trampoline

You need an enclosure. No ifs, no buts - it's just not safe for kids to bounce without a secure net to keep them from crashing to the hard, hard ground. Seek out one with an external closure if you've got little ones who might squeeze through the opening when your back's turned.

3. Dig deep

To reduce the eyesore quotient, set the trampoline into the ground. You can DIY this with a hired mini-digger - but you'll need to know about retaining walls, drainage and such. Might be one for the professionals unless you're very handy.

4.Ladders can be a stairway to heaven

For children old enough to use the trampoline unsupervised, but too small to clamber onto it unaided, a ladder is a Godsend. If you've got toddlers who need supervising, however, no ladder means they can't get up at all.

5. Weigh it up

If you're particularly lawn-proud and are planning to move the trampoline regularly to avoid dead patches, consider the weight of the thing when purchasing - some of 'em are hefty beasts.

6. Bark up the right tree

Otherwise, accept the fact that you'll have a trampoline-shaped dead patch on your grassy sward - Mumsnetters chuck bark chips underneath instead.

7. Shape the future

Round trampolines feel spacious, but consider a rectangular or oval one if your garden is on the minimal side - they fit neatly into a corner. Rectangular trampolines tend also to be more bouncy - something to do with the layout of the springs, and physics and suchlike.

8. Don't forget about padding...

... To cover the springs. Otherwise - ouch.

9. Better safe than sorry

Teach kids how to use it safely - and don't let an enclosure lull you or them into a false sense of security. With little ones, it's best to keep an eye on them at all times.

10. Think about what lies beneath

Toddlers also need to be stopped from going underneath the trampoline - as do pets. If you have either of these, get a net to go round the bottom of the thing, so no-one gets squished.

11. Preserve its modesty...

... With a cover for the winter months to protect it, if your DC aren't hardyall-weather bouncers. Nicer than scraping off six months' worth of leaves and gunk, come May.

12. Consider the decibel level

Kids having fun are shrieky things, so stick to sensible hours and give the neighbours a break every now and again. Broadly, though, Mumsnetters agree that there are worse noises to come across the garden fence than bouncy squeals of joy.

13. Think carefully about where to buy it from

As well as price, bear in mind the ease of replacing parts - pads can fail eventually, and enclosuresget a bit battered. From the high street, Argos - and online, Mumsnetters recommend Supertramp.

And one for luck: Review it!

Once your trampoline is installed, pay this advice forward by writing a review to share your experience with other parents.

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