Trampolines are fun for all ages, and they are great to have in your backyard! However, if you don’t have a big grassy lawn, you might be wondering where you can put your trampoline.
Putting a trampoline onto concrete is not recommended. It is dangerous, as it has no give and would not be able to take impact energy. A concrete surface could damage the frame of the trampoline, endanger those jumping on it, and makes it difficult to anchor the trampoline down.
Let’s talk more about why concrete and trampolines don’t mix and what you can do to fix that problem.
Trampolines and Concrete
So, why is it so wrong to set up a trampoline on concrete? It’s certainly a flat surface and often big enough for a trampoline to fit on, depending on your backyard.
- Problems that could arise that you might not immediately think of are issues such as the trampoline taking damage.
- When a trampoline is set up on grass or a soft surface, like rubber playground turf, the impact of a child jumping continues into the ground.
- Concrete, however, has no give, so it stops the trampoline’s legs.
- The trampoline then takes all of the impact itself, which can result in damage and lessen the lifespan of the trampoline.
The dangers of putting your trampoline on concrete do not stop with the trampoline itself. Those jumping on the trampoline are at risk too. If someone falls off the trampoline, they would land on the unforgiving concrete instead of soft ground.
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Additionally, if the mat loosens, which often happens with aging trampolines, there is a higher chance that when the bouncer falls to jump again, the mat will be so loose their legs could hit the concrete.
The trampoline also will not have anything to hold on to. When trampolines are placed in grass, it is possible to nail stakes into the ground or even dig the legs themselves into the ground to anchor and keep the trampoline from moving.
This helps it to not be blown away in the wind, as well as helps it not to shift while in use. If placed on concrete, there is a much higher chance of the trampoline slipping and moving.
This could result in bouncers landing wrong or even falling out. A larger trampoline is also susceptible to tipping as well as catching more wind.
It is important to think of all of these dangers and possibilities before deciding to put your trampoline on concrete. However, if it is the only option, there are multiple tricks and ways to make installing your trampoline on concrete safer.
Soft Mats and Rubber Feet
There are a few good options for softening the ground your trampoline stands on. Rubber mats can help absorb the impact that the trampoline faces while in use. Some options are weight lifting mats or locking rubber tiles.
Rubber feet would also help. Some places sell entire legs with rubber feet on them that can replace the legs on your trampoline.
Some trampolines come with this assistance built into the legs. Some, however, are simply metal poles. Installing rubber feet only works if the trampoline legs are not “U” or “W”-shaped legs. Sadly, these are the most common types of trampoline legs, especially on full-sized trampolines.
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These adjustments will help the trampoline last longer, but they will not help much if someone falls out or if the trampoline mat loosens. It is also not very helpful to anchor the trampoline just to the mat, as it is likely not heavy enough to hold the trampoline in place.
Most trampolines come with a safety net included in the trampoline kit. But it is even more important to have one if the trampoline is set up on concrete.
- If a trampoline does not come with the net, it is easy to find one online that will fit your trampoline.
- If a trampoline comes with a cheap, easily ripped net, it is also a good idea to look for more sturdy nets that will keep your kids inside.
- This will protect bouncers from the concrete even more.
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Anchoring is important due to the force put on trampolines. Because of this force, it is possible, and even likely, that they will move and shift if they do not have something to hold onto. Anchoring in the grass is simple, but how do you drill or dig into concrete to hold the trampoline legs down?
Sandbags are a good option for holding the weight of your trampoline. This method is made much easier with “U” or “W”-shaped legs. Simply put the sandbag, preferably multiple, onto the low part of the “U” or “W” and you are done!
We have an entire article about Anchoring Trampolines With Sandbags if you want to go that route.
Sandbags are definitely second to screw-in anchors that you can put in grass, but for concrete installation, it is almost the only option, and definitely the easiest one.
Other than that, it is possible to install lag bolts and a band to put over each trampoline leg. Simply drill a hole into the concrete about 1/4th on an inch deeper than the screw itself. Use an angle bracket for the screw.
Then drill through the trampoline leg and attach a bolt through the leg and bolt it into the bracket. There are plenty of websites as well as forums that give detailed instructions, guides, and discussions on how to accomplish this.
With bolting it down, it is important to remember if you are going to use a mat or not. If you are, as it is highly recommended, you will need to cut holes in the mat to reach the concrete floor.
Putting a trampoline onto concrete is not recommended by most. It is dangerous, and though there are ways to lessen that risk, it is still a risk.
It could damage the frame of the trampoline, endanger those jumping on it, as well as be difficult to anchor down. However, if it is the only option, make sure to take these precautions to ensure the utmost safety and longevity of your trampoline.