Trampoline mats typically last three to eight years, depending on how well you take care of your trampoline.
After that time, you either need to invest in a new trampoline, or buy a new mat and replace it.
To replace a trampoline mat, make sure you have work gloves, a trampoline spring pull tool, a new mat, and some new springs.
Keep on reading to find out how to replace the mat in the best and most efficient way possible.
Why you should buy a new mat instead of investing in a new tramopline
Depending on the condition of the legs and frame of the trampoline, you might just need to replace the mat during those three to eight years.
Walk around the trampoline and make sure to tighten any screws that may be loose.
Check to make sure the legs and frame are not bent in any areas.
If they are bent, then you definitely want to invest in a new trampoline.
When the legs and frame get bent, they no longer have the integrity they originally had, so you will need to replace the whole trampoline.
But if nothing is bent, you should be perfectly fine to replace just the mat.
What you need to replace the mat
- A spring pull tool
The hardest part of replacing the mat is taking the springs off of the old mat and putting them back onto the new mat.
Doing this by hand would be nearly impossible.
A spring pull tool is needed to take the springs off and putting them back on in an efficient manner.
The spring pull tool will allow you to extend the springs the furthest they need to go to attach to the frame and the mat.
You can find a spring pull tool to purchase on Amazon here.
- Work gloves
Since you will be pulling the springs, it will be handy to have some work gloves on hand.
The work gloves will help you do the action of pulling the springs and will keep you, hopefully, from getting blisters on your hands.
- A new mat
The trampoline mat probably takes most of the brunt of the jumping.
It will be worth it to replace your mat every few years.
To buy a new mat, you will need to know the size of your trampoline (feet across) and how many springs your trampoline needs because even the same size trampoline can take a different number of springs.
And you may not want to go too cheap on the mat when you purchase a new one.
Find one that works with your trampoline and has good reviews.
Look for a new trampoline mat here.
- New springs
It is almost a guarantee that by the time you purchase a new mat, you will need to purchase some new springs.
You might not notice it at first glance, but your springs take quite a pounding too.
They might not have lost all of their spring, but they might be close to it.
And with a new mat, you will want the best and newest spring as well for maximum performance.
If you do not replace the worn down springs, it just might wear your mat down more quickly as well.
Also, if you buy new springs, they will typically come with a spring pull tool.
So one less thing you have to purchase separately.
Find some new springs here.
How to replace the mat
The mat is pretty easy to replace once you know how to replace it.
You will need to find a time when you have all the strength in your arms as well, since you will be doing a lot of pulling.
Here are the steps:
- Put your work gloves on and using your spring pull tool, remove your first spring. Insert the spring pull tool into the hook at the end of the spring. I find that it is typically easier to remove the springs from the frame instead of trying to remove them from the mat. Once you have it removed from the frame, it will more easily come out from the mat. When it is placed in the hook, pull back on the spring pull tool until the hook comes out of the frame. You might have to move the spring pull tool from side to side and up and down until it comes out of the frame.
- Repeat step one going all around the trampoline until you have all the springs out of the trampoline mat. It does not really matter in what order you take the springs out, though I’ve heard some suggest that you pull out every 4th spring until all springs are out. You may notice the first few springs are pretty hard to pull out, but they get easier the more springs you take out.
- Discard the used mat.
- Bring in the new mat and place on the ground in the middle of the frame.
- Place a spring in one of the rings of the mat. Once it is in the ring, then place it in a hole in the frame.
- Repeat step five until you have a few springs placed next to each other, both in the mat and in the frame.
- Now there are two ways you can continue from here. Either you can:
- Continue around the circle and place the springs in one of one. This can be easier to help you keep track of where the holes in the frame match up with the rings in the mat, but you will also find that it gets harder and harder to put the springs in as you go around the trampoline. Or
- Do the four-corner method, where you place 4 or 5 springs in one area, count over 10 or 12 holes, and then place another 4 or 5 springs. This method will allow getting the mat stretched out as you finish the last few springs. But be aware that if you do not count correctly, you will have to take out springs you have already placed in and put them in the correct spots.
- Go around the trampoline until you have all your springs placed. Make sure to use the spring pull tool, as it will allow you to stretch out the spring a lot further than just your hands can do.
- You are finished. Enjoy your new trampoline mat.
Problems you may encounter replacing your trampoline mat
Part of the problem with going around the whole trampoline in a circle replacing the springs is the position the springs will be in.
Instead of having the holes in the frame straight across from the rings in the mat, you may notice the springs come in at almost a 45 degree angle at mat from the frame hole.
This will make it more difficult to put the springs in as you get further along the trampoline.
You can help to solve this by gently jumping on the trampoline, granted that you have more than half the springs in. Do not jump on the trampoline otherwise.
The gentle jumping will help the springs move into their proper position.
Another way to solve this is to put in one or more springs onto the other end of the trampoline.
This will stretch out the trampoline a bit so that the springs come in at a 90 degree angle instead of a 45 degree angle.
Our 14 foot trampoline had 96 springs.
After putting in about half the springs, even using the spring pull tool, my arms got tired.
So another problem you might run into could just generally being tired.
If you find yourself getting tired, take a break.
Or if you have a significant other, or a teenager, have them do a few while you take a break.
Putting springs on a trampoline is exhausting, so feel free to rest so you don’t completely tire yourself out.
A few other resources you can use to help you replace your trampoline mat.
Here is a short YouTube that walks you through an alternate way of replacing the trampoline mat
Here is another YouTube video that gives you an alternate way to take your springs on and off your trampoline.