Trampoline covers are not designed to be waterproof!
Most models include a hole or fine mesh in the centre which allows water to escape down through the bed to the ground underneath. During a heavy downpour it is preferable to remove the cover otherwise the trampoline may turn into a swimming pool and it is not good for the springs to be kept in tension for extended periods.
Trampoline covers are designed to minimize UV degradation to the trampoline bed and pads from direct sunglight and to keep leaves and bird droppings off the trampoline. Although trampoline covers are not necessary are a useful and inexpensive extra and they are included free with some trampoline models.
Trampoline ladders make it easier for younger children or disabled people to get onto and down from a trampoline. However this also means unattended younger children could play without your supervision.
Safety nets AKA “fun rings”
Brilliant! No one can fall off and hurt themselves which is one less thing to worry about. Unfortunately they are seen as an expensive extra. We especially recommend anyone with younger children (aged 5 or under) or anyone with a disability that affects their ability to use a trampoline gives serious consideration to purchasing a safety net. Children tend to topple off a trampoline rather than flying miles through the air before crash landing so for older children it’s not such a clear cut decision.
It is important that the ground is level and that all trampoline legs are touching the ground. If this is not the case the trampoline will suffer stress where it is not supposed to and this will affect its durability and safe usage – it’s also more squeaky! If the ground on which the trampoline legs stand slopes by more than a few inches over the length of the trampoline we would advise digging a shallow trench where the higher ended legs stand – effectively levelling the trampoline bed.
Round or Rectangular trampoline?
Round trampolines are designed for fun. The lift is approximately 3ft from bed to bottom of foot and the impetus of the bounce is upwards and towards the middle which leaves plenty of room around the user. For these reasons round trampolines are generally considered safer than rectangular trampolines.
Rectangular trampoline is only suitable for use by single users. The impetus is upwards and along the trampoline and the bounce is higher. Rectangular trampolines are generally best suited to anyone involved in trampolining as a sport.