How To Set Up a Trampoline (Assemble In 6 Easy Steps)
But you first have to figure out how to assemble the trampoline. This task seems daunting. It’s enough to have parents ignore the box in the corner.
And it’s good that this task isn’t taken lightly. Do you realize that one component that’s out of place can turn a trampoline into a safety hazard? Getting this right is vital.
So we’re going to help you. The simple steps below will make setting up as much fun as using it afterward. And why not make assembly a family activity too?
Let’s start making some memories.
- 1 Get Ready To Put A Trampoline Together
- 2 Tools Needed to Put a Trampoline Together
- 3 Can You Do This Alone?
- 4 Skywalker Trampoline Assembly Plan
- 5 Handy Tips
- 6 Use How To Assemble Videos
Get Ready To Put A Trampoline Together
Where to Do This
When you’re attempting a Skywalker trampoline assembly you’re erecting a 15’ structure. That’s huge. So planning your space is essential.
Save yourself time and effort:
- Take measurements outside so you know the parts or someone jumping won’t be too near a building or trees.
- Take the parts out of the box in the allocated area instead of carrying them one by one.
- There are some small parts, so place everything on a blanket or plastic sheet so nothing gets lost in the grass or sand in the area.
Double Check the Parts
Make sure all the necessary parts are there and intact.
You should receive a checklist from the manufacturer, or use this one:
- Netting for enclosure
- Protective padding
- Round frame parts
- Frame legs
- Bungee chord
- Poles for enclosure
Don’t try doing this when you know a part is missing. If you adjust the design or try to substitute a part with something else, you’re implicating the trampoline’s safety.
Tools Needed to Put a Trampoline Together
I promise, this is not an extremely difficult procedure, but you can’t do it without tools.
What’s in the Kit?
Luckily the manufacturer usually provides tools such as:
- Spring pull
But you’ll need more from your tool shed.
What Else do You Need?
For optimum safety and speed, get these items from your tool shed too (if not included with your purchase):
- Protective gloves
- Power drill to replace the provided manual screw driver
- Rubber mallets that won’t damage metal parts.
Can You Do This Alone?
We suggest you plan a group activity. Some tasks require some muscle, so it’s easier to do with someone.
However, these kits are so user friendly you can actually do it alone if you want to surprise your family with it. Note that kits differ, but the steps below will suffice for most popular brands.
Skywalker Trampoline Assembly Plan
With everything in place, let’s get started.
You’ll be doing one part at a time:
Here’s a great video on Skywalker Trampoline Assembly
Step 1: Start with the Frame
You can imagine safety is vital in this part of building your trampoline. The frame determines the sturdiness of the structure, so be meticulous in getting everything right.
How to Assemble a Trampoline Frame
It’s best to lay out the circular pieces on the ground. You can double check that there’s enough space. When the pieces are laid out in a circle—end to end—you can then start pushing the pieces together. They’ll fit one over the other and slot into place.
In the same manner the legs slot into fittings on the circular pieces. You can try one of these methods:
- Lift the circular part piece by piece and place the legs underneath. (Here’s where it helps to have a few assistants).
- Slot the legs into place on each circular piece. Then slot the circular pieces into each other until you have a complete circle.
Step 2: Make it Secure
You’ve got your frame, but not safety yet. The small holes in the frame are meant for screws that will hold the pieces together.
Step 3: Time for the Mat and Springs
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Here’s another procedure that works better with a partner. You have to attach the mat to the frame with about 72 springs.
First hook springs into the hooks on the mat. Now you use the spring pull to attach them to the metal rings on the frame. This process requires some strength: As more springs are attached it will get harder to draw them out far enough to set them in place. Here you can use the rubber mallet. Holding a spring at the right angle, a hit from the mallet will force it to snap into place.
Step 4: The Protective Trampoline Pad
You don’t want your family landing on the springs, so the protective pad is an important feature. It fits neatly over the frame, but make sure:
- It fastens with Velcro or rope
- Slits are positioned where enclosure poles will fit into the frame
Step 5: Now for the Enclosure Netting
You’ll have 4’ high poles to act as frame for the enclosure netting. Each pole is made of two pieces that slot together.
These poles—usually six—snap into place in customized holes on the trampoline frame. These you secure with screws. To protect jumpers you must cover the poles with the provided foam.
Note: Lubricate the inside of the foam if it doesn’t slide over the metal easily. A few drops of water work wonders.
Here’s how the netting stays in place:
- Pull the netting’s sleeves over the poles to keep it erect.
- Use the provided string or bungee cord to connect it to the frame at the bottom. You don’t want small kids accidentally rolling off by going underneath the netting.
- Tie the bungee cord to the frame. Then start weaving it over the bottom of the netting and around the frame.
- Tie the top of the net to the upright poles with the provided string or use provided fittings.
Note: Instead of bungee cord, some manufacturers may provide netting already fixed to the mat.
Step 6: Do Safety Checks
The most important part of how to assemble a trampoline is making it safe. You can do these checks throughout assembly or tend to them afterwards:
- Does the frame feel wobbly? A screw could be loose or two parts don’t align. Make adjustments until it’s absolutely stable.
- Where did you position the unit? Make sure the ground is level so the trampoline won’t tip over or wobble.
- Is the protective padding held tight in place?
Avoid Common Mistakes
- When putting together a trampoline, alternate adding springs on opposite sides of the trampoline. It will keep the tension balanced. And remember to use your mallet.
- The springs have a specific design. The circular part hooks onto the trampoline and the J-hook is made to connect with the frame.
- If you find it hard to connect the last few springs on one side by yourself, relieve tension by taking out one or two springs on the opposite side. By balancing out the tension you’ll eventually get all the springs in.
Use How To Assemble Videos
Perhaps a practical example will help. We suggest you view online videos so others’ experiences can help you get it right the first time. Here’s an excellent one.