How to Measure a Trampoline - OutdoorToys

Trampolines are a fun-filled activity for the whole family. However, from time to time, trampolines can end up looking a little worse for wear. This can be due to several reasons, such as climate, not being properly stored or looked after, or simply their age.

But fear not; replacement parts and protective trampoline covers are not hard to come by. But before you start scouring the internet for a new mat, you'll need to know a few measurements.

Why is measuring your trampoline important?

Whether you're faced with worn-out safety padding, torn enclosures, or a deteriorating mat, understanding how to measure your trampoline accurately is essential for securing replacement parts.

But that's not it!

Measuring your trampoline isn't just about numbers and dimensions; it's about creating a safe and bouncy paradise for your little adventurers to enjoy the benefits of trampolining. By getting those measurements just right, you're ensuring that every jump, flip, and somersault is as epic and exhilarating as can be.

So, without further ado, let's go through our step-by-step guide on how to measure a trampoline size.

A step-by-step guide to trampoline measurement

Whether you're a seasoned trampoline enthusiast or a newcomer to the bouncing scene, this walkthrough will equip you with the knowledge and skills to measure your trampoline like a pro.

1. Assess the jumping surface

Assessing the jumping surface is crucial for ensuring the safety and performance of your trampoline. To measure the jumping mat accurately, begin by identifying the appropriate dimensions based on the shape of your trampoline.

For rectangular trampolines, measure the length and width of the jumping mat. Extend your tape measure from one outer edge to the opposite side along the length, ensuring you capture the full extent of the mat. Repeat this process for the width, spanning from one outer edge to the opposite side.

For round trampolines, focus on determining the diameter of the jumping mat. Position your tape measure straight across the outer edge of the mat, passing through the centre to ensure an accurate measurement.

2. Measure your trampoline frame

There will be slightly different measuring techniques if you have a round or oval-shaped trampoline or a rectangular or square trampoline.

Round trampolines

For round trampolines, measure the diameter by placing your tape measure straight across the outer metal edge of the frame, ensuring it passes through the centre. This provides the necessary diameter measurement for selecting replacement parts accurately, ensuring a seamless fit and optimal performance.

Rectangular trampolines

When measuring rectangular trampolines, capture the length and width by extending the tape measure from one outer edge to the opposite side along each dimension. These measurements will let you choose the right replacement parts for your specific trampoline, ensuring safe bouncing and long-lasting fun.

Octagonal trampolines

For octagonal trampolines, identify the two longest axes intersecting at the centre and measure from one outer edge to the opposite side along each axis. This captures the width and length needed to procure replacement parts accurately, ensuring a precise fit and continued functionality.

Oval & square trampolines

Similarly, for square or oval trampolines, follow a comparable method by measuring along the outer edges to determine the frame size accurately. This meticulous approach guarantees replacement parts that align perfectly with the trampoline's dimensions, fostering a safe and enjoyable bouncing experience.

3. Count the trampoline springs

Measure the spring length from hook end to hook end. Ensure that you measure perpendicularly for accurate readings. Count all the springs to determine the total number and check the spring size for compatibility with replacement parts.

Top tip: When storing your trampoline for winter, store your springs in a separate box from the rest of the parts. This will make putting it all back together again much more straightforward.

4. Inspect enclosure poles

Measure the height of the safety enclosure poles from the ground to ensure they're properly installed and provide adequate protection.

5. Confirm measurements

Before snapping the measuring tape back, double-check all measurements to ensure your efforts haven't gone to waste. Measuring your trampoline might feel like a dull task, but it's best to measure twice, and purchase once.

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What types of trampolines are good for kids?

When it comes to choosing a trampoline for your little ones, safety is paramount. So, you'll want to make sure you choose the right size and shape.

Here are some considerations:

  • Round trampolines are generally safer due to their even distribution of bounce
  • Look for trampolines with safety enclosure poles to prevent falls
  • Opt for trampolines with safety pads covering the springs and frame to reduce the risk of injury
  • Consider the size of the trampoline; smaller sizes, such as 6ft trampolines, are usually better suited for younger children

To learn more about this subject, read our guide to Trampolining Safety 101 and become the go-to parent for bouncing regulations.

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Congratulations, adventurous parents! You've successfully mastered the art of measuring your trampoline, ensuring safe and soaring fun for your little bouncers.

But the fun doesn't stop there; if your little one is more interested in adventures off the trampoline, then we have a whole host of outdoor toys to suit them. 

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FAQs about trampoline measurements

Is a trampoline measured by a mat or frame?

Trampolines are typically measured by their frame size rather than the mat. The frame size refers to the outer diameter or dimensions of the trampoline's metal frame, which determines the size of replacement parts such as mats, enclosures, and safety pads. It's essential to measure the frame accurately to ensure compatibility with replacement components and maintain the trampoline's safety and performance.

What is a standard-size trampoline?

A standard-size trampoline often refers to a 12-foot diameter round trampoline. However, trampolines come in various sizes, shapes, and designs to accommodate different preferences and spaces. Standard sizes can also include 14-foot and 15-foot round trampolines and rectangular trampolines ranging from 8 feet to 17 feet in length.