How to Assemble a Trampoline: When you buy a new trampoline, it comes in 2 to 3 boxes. So, you have to do trampoline assembly before you start using it. Putting together a trampoline is quite simple, but you must do it step by step without making mistakes.
To perform a trampoline set up in your backyard, you should read this article till the end. Then, we will explain how to assemble a trampoline quickly.
How Long Does It Take to Put Together a Trampoline?
The trampoline requires assembly on arrival, and you cannot start using it right out of the box. But the kids are more excited to play on the trampoline than adults. Therefore they will ask you how long it takes to put together a trampoline, and you also have the same question in your mind.
The process of putting together a trampoline is purely based on the size & shape of the trampoline and the skill of the person(s) assembling it. The small indoor trampoline setup can be completed in less than 1 hour, while a medium to large outdoor trampoline assembly can take 2 to 3 hours.
Some professionals in the market provide trampoline assembly services in the entire United States. You need to pay their service fee charges, and their team will assemble a trampoline in your backyard. The professionals require less time than you because they are more experienced in making the trampoline.
What Tools Are Required for Trampoline Assembly?
To assemble a trampoline, you must have some tools. The tools are helpful to speed up the trampoline setup process and keep you safe throughout the assembly task. Here we provide the list of tools needed for trampoline assembly as under:
1. Phillips Head Screwdriver OR Electric Power Drill
To do trampoline assembly, you need to join all trampoline parts together. The manufacturer provides screws, T-Joint, and other things for attaching different parts. You must have a screwdriver or power drill to tighten the screws on various parts of the trampoline. It plays a significant role in a trampoline set up in your backyard.
2. Spring Puller Tool
The trampoline is bouncy because of its heavy-duty springs. The springs are attached to the jumping mat and the trampoline frame on the other end. You cannot secure the springs by hand as they are tightly coiled and made of sturdy steel.
If you try to attach the trampoline springs by hand, it will hurt and injure you. Therefore we request you to use a spring puller tool to connect the springs with mat and frame while putting together a trampoline in your yard.
3. Rubber Mallet
The rubber mallet is used when the spring does not fit well on the trampoline frame. You can also fix other small parts during the assembly process. The best thing about a rubber mallet is that it does not damage any part of the trampoline and makes the trampoline setup process easier for you.
4. Protective Gloves
A trampoline is made of a heavy-duty steel frame, steel springs, steel ladder, and other parts. Some parts can hurt your hands; therefore, you must wear protective gloves in your hands from the beginning to the end of the trampoline assembly process.
You can reduce the assembly time by taking the help of 1 or 2 more people.
How to Assemble a Trampoline: Step by Step Instructions
After buying the best trampoline, you will receive 2 or 3 boxes containing various trampoline parts. Ensure you have received all the boxes before starting the trampoline assembly process. Here we provide a step-by-step guideline to put a trampoline together without mistake.
#1. Preparation for Trampoline Assembly
The first thing you need to decide is a place in your backyard. Next, you should choose a flat surface to install and set up a trampoline. Ensure there will be at least 2 feet of space in all directions even after the trampoline is assembled. There must not be any tree branches or wires/cables above the trampoline area.
You receive your trampoline in 2 or 3 boxes as we said earlier. You need to open all packages and get all the trampoline parts out. Arrange the details on a side/corner of your backyard so that you can take them when required during the assembly process. Ask your kids to stay away from the backyard for the next 5 hours as the parts can cause injuries if kids jump/fall on them.
It would help if you had all the tools ready before starting the trampoline setup process. The list of tools includes a screwdriver or electric drill, rubber mallet, spring puller tool, and gloves. In addition, you should check that all trampoline parts, screws, and nut bolts are included. If anything is missing, you should get it from a nearby store to do a perfect assembly process.
#2. Trampoline Frame and Legs
The trampoline frame is the base of the trampoline; therefore, you need to start with the frame. You can easily recognize the frame parts and T-Joints. Simply join the frame pieces with T-joints and attach legs below the edge. Once they are connected, tighten the screws and bolts with the help of the screwdriver and electric drill.
#3. Trampoline Springs and Jumping Mat
After the frame is built up and it’s steady on the ground, the next thing is the trampoline mat. First, you should attach the springs to the V-rings of the jumping mat. After that, connect the springs to the frame. The trampoline frame has dedicated holes for springs.
To install springs safely, you need to use the spring puller tool. If a spring is not in place on the frame, you can use the rubber mallet to fix it. The springs are tightly coiled, and you should attach them firmly.
First, attach 1 spring to the frame, then connect 1 spring opposite direction. In this way, you should attach 4 springs in 4 tips and, after that, attach all other springs one by one with the help of the spring puller tool.
#4. Trampoline Safety Pad/Spring Cover
After all, springs are installed well, you should cover them with a safety pad. Next, unroll or open the safety pad and spread it around the spring area of your trampoline. The safety pad has ropes or cords which you need to tie to the frame and V-rings of the mat so that the safety pad does not move even if the kids walk on it.
#5. Enclosure Poles (Net Poles)
The trampoline frame has holes for enclosure poles, and it may have 4, 6, or 8 net poles. You should insert all net poles into the given holes on the frame. After that, tighten the bolts/screws to keep the poles stable.
Your trampoline may include foam sleeves for net poles, and you need to slide over the foam sleeves on all net poles. If it is hard, you can use some lubricant inside foam sleeves to easily slide them over the net poles. The foam-padded poles save your child from banging the steel.
#6. Safety Net
After all net poles are installed, it’s time for the safety net (netting) that covers the entire jumping area. The installation of safety netting requires 2 to 3 persons who can spread and hold the net from opposite sides. If the net has sleeves, you must slide the sleeves over the net poles.
The enclosure net has bungee cords/ropes at the top that you need to tie down to the top of the poles. It also has cords at the bottom that you need to tie down with the frame. Some safety nets are attached to the trampoline mat to eliminate the gap and keep the jumpers safe while using the trampoline.
#7. Ladder and Wind Stakes/Anchors
Some trampoline manufacturers provide a steel ladder, while some don’t. If you have received a steel ladder, you should attach it to the trampoline frame. Most ladders don’t have any screws. They come with a straightforward put-and-use design.
Make sure the ladder is not moving/wobbling when climbing on it. The ladder provides easy access to the trampoline surface for kids and everyone.
You should also install wind stakes or anchors on your trampoline. The anchors are installed on the trampoline legs to save it from flying away during strong winds. You can also use sandbags and wind stakes to add more protection to your trampoline.
#8. Basketball Hoop and Other Accessories
A Trampoline with a basketball hoop and a foam ball can provide more fun to the kids. After everything is assembled, you can add the basketball hoop and other accessories to the trampoline. These are additional accessories and not part of essential trampoline components. So, it is entirely your choice to add or not add the extra accessories to your trampoline.
#9. Safety Check Before Start Using It
Now, you know how to put a trampoline together in a safe way. But we recommend you check the trampoline frame, legs, mat, springs, pad, poles, and safety net carefully. In case you find something loose, tighten it with a screwdriver and rubber mallet as needed.
You should also check the ladder and wind stakes to see if they are correctly installed. The wind stakes/anchors save your trampoline from flying away during high winds. If the trampoline is assembled well and nothing is wobbling, you can start using it.
In this way, you can put a trampoline together in your backyard and then use it for many years and have unlimited bouncing fun.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
The trampoline assembly is a long process that requires patience and knowledge. So, before you set up a trampoline in your backyard, it is necessary to get answers to all your queries and questions. So, here we provide some frequently asked questions and their solutions in brief as under:
Is it hard to put a trampoline together?
No, putting together a trampoline is not hard. Of course, it takes time and more than 1 person to perform the trampoline assembly, but it is not hard.
Can you put a trampoline up on your own?
A small kids trampoline is very easy to put together. You can put such a small trampoline up on your own. However, if the trampoline is large, you should get the help of 1-2 people to make it easy and quick.
How do you assemble a 14ft trampoline?
To assemble a 14ft trampoline in your backyard, you need to get all its parts out and arrange them. After that, set up the trampoline frame, springs & mat, safety pad, enclosure net, and ladder. In this way, you can set up a 14ft trampoline.
How much does it cost to assemble a trampoline?
The cost of trampoline assembly is based on the size of your trampoline. The professional assembly service providers may charge a minimum of $100 to $250 for the whole community of a trampoline. Please note that In-ground Trampoline Assembly is more expensive, and here we are talking only about above-ground trampoline assembly costs.
The assembly of a trampoline is an important task. If you make any mistake in your body, it may cause a safety hazard in the future. Therefore we request you to read the assembly instructions carefully and strictly follow them to assemble your trampoline safely. A well-assembled trampoline is a piece of safer equipment to play for your kids and everyone. If you still have something to ask about the trampoline setup process, you can ask us in the comment section.