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The Complete Guide to In-Ground Trampolines

Everything You Need to Know About In-Ground Trampolines

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  • Pros and Cons
  • How to Choose an In-Ground Trampoline
  • How To install an In-Ground Trampoline
  • Drainage Requirements for In-Ground Trampolines
  • Snake Prevention for In-Ground Trampolines
  • DIY vs. Professional In-Ground Trampoline Installation Costs

What is an In-Ground Trampoline?

An in-ground trampoline, or sunken trampoline, sits flush with the ground in your backyard, as opposed to standing on legs. By installing an in-ground trampoline for your family, you’re not only choosing a safer type of trampoline, but you’re also reaping countless other benefits.

Pros and Cons of In-Ground Trampolines

Pros

The most obvious advantage of in-ground trampolines is that they are safer to use. Because they are level with the ground, the likelihood of someone falling off and injuring themselves is much, much lower than it is for above-ground trampolines. Below are some additional benefits of in-ground trampolines:

  • They’re much more likely to get approved by HOAs because of their low profile and minimal impact on curb appeal.
  • They’re more aesthetically pleasing and less likely to be viewed as an “eyesore” by your neighbors.
  • They’re unaffected by high winds, so they’re perfect for any climate, including those prone to hurricanes and wind storms.
  • Only the jump mat and spring cover are exposed to the elements, so in-ground trampolines tend to need less maintenance.
  • They’re easier to get on and off of, regardless of the jumper’s age or abilities.
  • When it’s time to mow the grass, in-ground trampolines don’t need to be moved, so you can mow without issue.

Cons

Despite their numerous advantages, there are some disadvantages to owning an in-ground trampoline. For example, unless you are planning on doing the installation yourself, they tend to require a bigger upfront investment. Below are some additional downsides of in-ground trampolines:

  • They can’t be moved easily, so if you’re moving or want to relocate your trampoline in your current yard, it’s more difficult to do so.
  • Without a cover, pets can access it. Easy accessibility means that dogs, cats, and other critters may end up harming your trampoline.
  • Installation is time-consuming and usually takes a couple of days with the right tools.

How to Choose an In-Ground Trampoline 

At Trampoline Superstore, we have tons of different kinds of in-ground trampolines to choose from. What’s right for your family depends on several factors.

For starters, you need to consider which shape is right for your needs and your yard. 


Round trampolines are best for smaller spaces and one or two jumpers. 

Oval trampolines are ideal for medium-size spaces and families with several jumpers. 

Rectangular trampolines are perfect for larger yards and families who expect to have plenty of jumpers. 

Additionally, if your child is an aspiring gymnast, you can easily line up multiple rectangular trampolines to create the perfect practice area.

As you’re shopping for trampolines, keep the following considerations in mind as well:

  • The more jumpers you have, the larger trampoline you’ll need
  • Make sure the area where you plan to place your trampoline has at least 24 feet of overhead clearance and two to six feet of clearance around the perimeter
  • Consider the weight of your jumpers and measure that against the weight capacity of the trampoline’s springs and mat

How to Install an In-Ground Trampoline 

If you’re looking to do a DIY in-ground trampoline installation, be sure to follow your manufacturer’s. After that, its a matter of digging a hole, assembling your trampoline. Check out our installation guide for step by step instructions on how to install your trampoline.

Digging a DIY In-Ground Trampoline Pit

Start by marking out the circumference of your trampoline then dig out 10 inches of soil evenly across the entire hole, making the hole a little larger than the trampoline frame to provide some wiggle room. After that, dig an inner hole in the middle that is 24 inches less in diameter than the trampoline size. The second hole should be dug in a bowl shape at a depth of 36 inches for 12ft and 14ft trampolines and 30 inches for 8ft and 10ft trampolines.

Drainage Requirements  for In-Ground Trampolines

Drainage is important for in-ground trampolines. Without it, you could end up with a puddle of water that could damage the integrity of your pit and attract bugs and other critters. For most families, a “soak-away ” hole is a sufficient in-ground trampoline drainage solution.

To construct one, simply dig a small, deep hole at the center of your part and fill it halfway with gravel.

Another solution is to install a temporary or permanent water pump under your in-ground trampoline. Finally, you can add a drainage pipe to your soak-away  hole and direct the pipe to a lower-lying area of your yard in order to remove excess water.

Snake Prevention for In-Ground Trampolines

In general, there is no reason for any animal to go underneath, as the gravel and pump eliminate any type of food-rich or comfortable animal environment. Additionally, the spring cover and close fit to the ground make it difficult for even small mammals to access the trampoline well.

There are a few extra steps you can take to ensure that snakes won't vacation under your trampoline:

One option is to use repellents. Natural repellents like lemongrass, oil, onion, garlic, cinnamon, cedar-wood , and clove oils are great alternatives.
You should also strive to keep your yard clean and tidy, leaving few places for snakes to hide and making sure there are no food sources to attract them. These tips, along with the vibrations caused by jumping, should be enough to keep snakes and other animals out of your sunken trampoline pit.

DIY vs. Professional In-Ground Trampoline Installation Costs

If you’re considering the DIY route, be sure to check out whether your manufacturer supplies an in-ground trampoline installation kit to help you out. Remember, DIY in-ground trampoline installation is a weekend project, and you’ll have to do all of the digging, drainage, and assembly yourself. The upside is, the DIY method typically only costs about $500.

By contrast, you could hire a local pool company, landscaping company, or professional trampoline installer to come do the job for you. This process usually takes two to three days depending on the complexity of the installation, but it will save you time and effort.

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Configuring Trampoline Accessories

Even though in-ground trampolines are low to the ground, that doesn’t mean accidents can’t happen. No matter how safe you or your kids try to be, it’s always best to invest in a trampoline net. You should also consider purchasing a trampoline cover, as they’re a great way to keep your trampoline clean, protect it from the elements, and ensure it lasts for years.

You can’t go wrong with an in-ground trampoline. They’re sturdy and built to last, aesthetically pleasing, and provide a safe way for the entire family to enjoy time outdoors. For all your in-ground trampoline needs, Trampoline Superstore has you covered with trampolines from several leading manufacturers, covers, and nets designed to keep your family safe.

Have questions or need help picking out the perfect trampoline for you? Get in touch with us at 833-222-2754.

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