If you are anything like me, you would rather take extra time and learn how to put something together than pay someone to do it for you.
In the case of a trampoline, this might be true as well.
So, is it hard to put together a trampoline? No, as long as you follow the simple instructions below, you should not have a hard time putting together your trampoline
What items to have before you start
There are going to be some items you will want to have available before you start putting together your trampoline. Those tools include the following:
Spring pull tool
We have talked repeatedly through our posts about how if you have a trampoline, you need to have a spring pull tool.
While you can put springs in and take them out using just your hands or other tools, it is much easier to use a spring puller.
Make sure to invest in a spring pull tool if you plan on having a trampoline for a long period of time.
The rubber mallet is going to help you place the springs into the holes.
You can do this with your hands, but it is far more useful to have a rubber mallet do that work for you.
And definitely make sure you use a rubber mallet instead of a hammer.
A hammer will damage the trampoline and you do not want to do that to your brand new trampoline.
Whenever you are doing work on a trampoline, especially dealing with the springs, you will want to have some safety gloves to use.
This will help protect your hands from all the physical work you will be doing, especially pulling the springs, which will be the most intensive work on your hands.
Power drill or Phillips head screwdriver
The trampoline is put together by screws and bolts.
You can either choose to use a power drill or Phillips heads screwdriver to put in the screws.
I personally use a Phillips head screwdriver when it comes to already pre-drilled holes because I do not want to over tighten screws.
But it is really left up to you on what you want to do.
What to consider beforehand
There are a few things to keep in mind before you start putting together your trampoline.
Am I going to put this together in one sitting or across multiple sessions?
If you are expecting to put the trampoline together in one session, then feel free to take all the items out of their boxes, remove the plastic wrapping around the pieces (if applicable), and place all the items on the ground organized into like pieces.
If you will be putting together the trampoline across multiple sessions of time, it might be best to take the pieces out of the box as needed.
This way, you are not leaving the pieces open to the sometimes harsh conditions of the outside.
Then you can leave and come back later without worrying about what the weather is like.
Are you going to have help or not?
Some items you can put together by yourself pretty easily.
A trampoline is a big item that will take some time and patience if you are doing it by yourself.
If you are doing it by yourself, set aside some time and multiple sessions to put it together.
You will get tired and need a break.
If you have someone’s help, you could put it together in a much shorter time and might not have to take breaks.
Steps to put together your trampoline
- Unpack all the trampoline parts from your trampoline. Organize the parts of the trampoline into like pieces and compare what you have to what the instructions say you should have. Contact the maker of the trampoline if you are missing any parts.
- Make sure you have all the tools listed previously in the article. This includes gloves, power drill, Phillips head screwdriver, safety gloves, rubber mallet, and a spring pull tool.
- Begin by assembling the frame of the trampoline. If you have a circular trampoline, arrange the circular pieces so they make the circular portion of the trampoline. If you have a rectangular trampoline, organize the parts into a rectangular shape. Then fit the pieces together.
- Put the legs in place. Make sure the frame is upside down. It will be easier to put the legs on the frame if you start off with the frame upside down. Otherwise, you have to manage the upper portion of the trampoline while also putting the legs on. A lot of times, the legs are going to be the pieces that hold the frame together. You might need to use a rubber mallet to put the legs in place. If so, tap the legs gently with the rubber mallet as to not dent any pieces of the trampoline. You can also use something as a barrier, such as a towel so that the tapping with the mallet does not further hurt the trampoline.
- Secure the nuts and bolts into the legs of the trampoline. Using a screwdriver will be tough, but it will help make sure that you do not over tighten the screws. A power drill will get the job done quicker, but make sure the screws do not get over tightened.
- Flip over the frame. You will want the frame right side up now. It is also a good test to make sure that the frame is put together well. If, while flipping the frame right side up, it feels wobbly, then you know you have some screws to tighten. If that is the case, find the offending screws and tighten them.
- Start attaching the springs to the trampoline mat. There are multiple ways to attach the springs. In a previous article about replacing the trampoline mat, we cover some of the best ways to do this:
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.
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.How Do You Replace a Trampoline Mat? – BACKYARDABLES
The important part is that you manage where the springs are going correctly.
If you miscount which rings the holes the springs should go into, you might find yourself having to take out a bunch of springs and putting them back into the correct spots.
You may also find it is easier to use the spring pull tool to pull the springs and also use the rubber mallet to help place the springs in the holes of the frame. When you have pulled the spring using the spring pull tool, gently tap the end of the spring so that it goes into the hole of the frame. Then continue around the trampoline using the method you have selected.
- Attach spring cover and netting, if included. It is always a safe option to have a spring cover and trampoline net. These do typically cost extra to purchase or be a part of your trampoline but are well worth it to keep your family safe.
Then you are all set. Make sure to test the trampoline to make sure everything is in place.
If the trampoline feels wobbly, walk around and find any screws that might be loose and tighten them.
Then enjoy your trampoline.