How to Put a Trampoline Together?

How to Put a Trampoline Together? – Safe Set up in no time

Making a purchase for the entire family to enjoy can be a wonderful way to reconnect in the modern world, but not all gifts of this nature are easy to assemble.

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Trampolines do have their own set of requirements but following instructions precisely will help make it a dream come true. (1)

How Long Does It Take to Put a Trampoline Together?

Many people might hesitate to purchase a trampoline because they think it takes at least a day to assemble, but it can take as little as two hours with the right tools. It can take as little as half an hour for the small inside trampolines sold today.

daddy and children building up a trampoline in the yard

For those who are still a bit skittish about a large outdoor project, having the right tools on hand and getting some help can cut the time down considerably. It only takes a bit of thought to make sure everything is in place before starting, and it will be up and in use before you know it.

What Tools Do You Need for Assembling a Trampoline?

Putting any large item together might be daunting, so knowing exactly what tools you need helps make those worries disappear. The ease of assembly means only a few tools are needed, so none of them need to be power tools. It only takes a Phillips screwdriver, a puller and a mallet to assemble your new outdoor entertainment area.

a man using tools to bring trampoline items together

Some people will prefer using hand tools, and they will get the job done in a timely fashion. It will take longer using a screwdriver, and it might take more effort to ensure each screw is in place tightly. This is a safety factor that should not be ignored, and the assembly manual will emphasize its importance.

For those who want to cut their assembly time and use their power tools as part their latest project, an electric drill with a Phillips attachment works quite well.

While we do not necessarily recommend using power tools if you do not possess them already, it will cut the assembly time greatly. It can also increase the safety factor by ensuring all screws are in tightly.

holding puller to stretch out trampoline springs safely

The puller is for stretching out the springs, and it can be as simple as a piece of strong rope with knots in the end for gripping. There are spring puller tools on the market, but it could be an unnecessary expense to purchase one.

The mallet is the one piece of equipment without an alternative, but most people should be able to get one for a reasonable price.

How to Assemble a Trampoline – Step by Step 

Good organization is a primary key to assembling your trampoline correctly, so the steps below are helpful in keeping everything straight.

Preparing for Assembly

Before doing anything else, read the instructions that come with the package. Before taking any pieces out of the box make sure every step is thoroughly understood. It might seem like a waste of time, but each brand has its own specific instructions.

preparing trampoline parts on the ground to put up together

The instructions should also have a parts list which will be useful when checking to ensure everything has been included, and it should be ready for checking off items as the box is emptied.

Taking the box and instructions to the area where the trampoline will be set up, begin laying out the circle or square parts for the frame and the legs. Keep the bolts or screws in their plastic wrapping until they are needed. Once everything is laid out, take a walk around and make sure all necessary parts are where they need to be.

Assembly Steps

  • Step 1: Start with the Frame and Legs 

Begin screwing together the frame piece by piece, and then attach the legs. Make sure each screw or bolt is tight. This is a safety factor, and it should be the most important part of the process. Loose screws or bolts can come out of their housing when the trampoline is in use, and it could cause severe injury.

  • Step 2: Time for Springs and Pads 

Once the frame and legs are attached, it is time to hang the springs and attach the pad to them. Unfortunately, the easy part of assembly is pretty much over. The first half of this step will be relatively easy as the springs will not need to be pulled into place opposite springs already holding the pad. This is where a good pulling tool is essential, and the mallet will complete the job.

Each spring must be hooked into the frame and the pad, and the springs will need to be stretched. Once they are over the ring where they will hook to the frame, simply use the mallet to tap them into place. Having a helper use the puller on the springs while you tap in with the mallet is where you can cut down the most time in assembly.

  • Step 3:  Now for Covering the Springs

This is a good way to keep users safe from scratches, and most modern kits include them. Simply place the cover over the springs and make sure it covers each of them. Some kits will have ties to keep it in place, but others will have Velcro.

No matter what securing method is used, make sure each one is tied or fastened securely to keep injuries from occurring while also protecting the springs from the damage of weather.

Attaching a Safety Net

There are still some trampoline packages that come without a safety net to go around the structure, but they can be purchased separately at a small cost. These are an essential piece of safety equipment because they can keep people from falling off an elevated trampoline and hitting the ground. For those who choose to install them, the process is relatively straightforward and fast.

a man checking the safety net of trampoline

The net sits around and above the trampoline, and it has its own frame. This should be assembled first, and then it gets attached to the frame of the trampoline. The net is then hooked into the frame and the fun of jumping can begin safely.

Susan Lee