Last Updated on February 26, 2023
Nowadays trampolines are seen in most backyards or at least they are found indoors for fun and exercise. But there are several things that you should consider before setting up a trampoline such as the space for an indoor and outdoor trampoline.
In general, you need at least 1.5 feet of clearance around the trampoline if the trampoline is surrounded by an enclosure net, whereas indoor trampolines require 1 foot of clearance. But it may vary a bit depending on your available space and your requirement. Let’s know the fact in detail.
How Much Room Do I Require for My Trampoline?
This depends mostly on the trampoline size. Trampolines are available in a variety of sizes. You have to choose the right one that matches your backyard. But consider the clearance around the trampoline.
For example, if you want to purchase a 10 ft trampoline and add an enclosure net, your backyard should have at least 13 feet (trampoline size with clearance) of space on both sides. But if you don’t have a safety net, the formula will change.
Space You Need around an Outdoor Trampoline
Clearance around the trampoline is important for a safety margin. This will protect jumpers from severe injuries if jumpers fall off the ground accidentally. If there are fences or hard objects in the backyard there is a high chance of getting injured seriously.
It’s recommended to install an enclosure net to prevent falling off the ground. Space around the trampoline is necessary. For example, if you don’t have an enclosure in the trampoline, you should keep 8.2 feet of space on every side of the trampoline, thus adding 16.8 feet to the overall trampoline size.
But when you use a safety net 1.5 ft space is good enough for each side. In this case, add 3 ft extra space with the trampoline to avoid getting hurt by a fence or wall.
Space for 10 Ft Trampoline
If you want to accommodate a 10 ft trampoline in the yard safely, consider the surrounding space with the trampoline size. With a trampoline net, you need a 13 ft area, whereas considering a 26.4 ft area at least when there is no enclosure.
Space for 12 Ft Trampoline
To set up a 12 ft trampoline safely, you need a tad more space. Without a net, there should be a 28.4 ft area, and with a net, it needs 15 ft total space.
Space for 15 Ft Trampoline
For a 15 ft trampoline, the backyard has at least an 18 ft area if you use an enclosure. But without the net, there should be at least a 31.4 ft area.
Space You Need around an Indoor Trampoline
The indoor mini trampolines are small enough and they don’t require much space as outdoor ones. Usually, a 1 ft distance around the indoor trampoline is good enough. But be sure one side has more than 7 ft distance so that you do versatile exercises in need of essence.
How Much Head Clearance Do You Need on Indoor and Outdoor Trampoline?
For indoor trampolines, 1 m clearance will be okay. On the other hand, outdoor trampolines require 5.5 m to 7 m or more headspace. If you have a trampoline outdoors where there are hanging tree branches, cut them off before installing the trampoline there.
How To Measure Your Yard for a Trampoline?
Measuring the backyard before installing a trampoline is important. It’s actually an easy task that you can do using the tape measure. Just measure the length and width of the yard using the measuring tape. Take all the measurements in yards or feet (imperial units) instead of meters or centimeters (metric units).
Choose clear spaces where there are no overhanging tree branches. But if you plan to cut the hanging branches then you can include the space as a trampoline installation space.
How to Make Your Garden Ready for the Trampoline?
Before you hop on the space to install the trampoline, consider the following things-
1. No Overhanging Branches
Be sure the yard hasn’t any hanging tree branches. Jumping on the trampoline with overhanging tree branches may limit the headspace and could cause injury. Moreover, during high winds, tree branches might damage the trampoline. So, cut the overhanging branches before you set the trampoline there.
2. Flat and Soft Ground
The ground of the trampoline should be leveled and soft. This will help you get the best trampolining experience. And soft base will be good to reduce the injury severity if someone falls off the ground suddenly.
3. Away from Fences
The trampoline should be away from hard objects and fences. This will help to reduce the injury rates significantly. Not only fences but make sure the trampoline has enough clearance from other playsets like a swing set, soccer post, etc. And eliminate hard objects like rock, concrete, and so on from the trampoline borders.
By now, you know all the facts regarding, how much space you need for an indoor and outdoor trampoline. If the outdoor trampoline has a net add 1.5 ft space on each side while 8.2 ft if there is no enclosure. But for an indoor trampoline, 1 ft of space around the trampoline is good enough.
Trampoline clearance is important for safety as this reduces the chance of getting hit by the surrounding fences. Besides this, clear the headspace and ensure a soft base.
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