Most of the standard, and cheaper, trampolines are only going to come with the trampoline, frame, mat, and springs.
But you might find yourself in a place where you want to have more fun with your trampoline, or want some more functional use out of it.
The best trampoline accessories for fun include a trampoline basketball hoop, a trampoline bounce board, a triple toss game, trampoline pit balls, and trampoline tents. The best trampoline accessories for functional reasons include a trampoline net, trampoline anchors, a trampoline ladder, a spring puller, and a trampoline shoe net.
Read on to find out what accessories might be right for you.
If you are like me, you grew up watching basketball games, and during the timeout, someone usually pulled out a trampoline and used it to dunk on the basketball hoop.
If you are also like me, you can’t dunk on a basketball hoop any other way.
So instead of bringing the trampoline to the basketball hoop, you can instead bring the basketball hoop to the trampoline.
A basketball hoop can be fun for all ages.
The little kids will love being able to shoot into a hoop that is just their height or play up against one of their friends for ongoing fun throughout the day.
Or for older kids who like to be able to jump high into the air and dunk into the hoop on their way down.
Just be sure to set up some ground rules for the kids before they start playing basketball.
First, make sure it isn’t going to be a full-contact sport.
While tackling and bumping on the trampoline might seem safe, the net isn’t going to save anyone from doing dangerous activities.
One wrong bump and your kid’s friend could end up on the ground and your trampoline net ripped.
So make sure there is no tackling going on.
Second, make sure to limit the number of kids playing basketball.
Two is safe, four is probably the highest you would want to go.
Any number of kids more than four and you risk someone getting hurt or the basketball game getting out of hand.
Outside of that, your kids will have a lot of fun shooting at the basketball hoop or doing spectacular dunks.
A trampoline bounce board can actually do a few things for you.
First, the bounce board can be used for practice for skateboarders, snowboarders, water borders, and windsurfers.
They can practice all their skills from the safety of their own home.
Not only that but it can be used for first-timers as well.
Just imagine, instead of going to a skate park or waiting for the snow to come around, you can just go into the backyard, strap the bounce board on your daughter or son and let them get used to and practice all of their moves while still at home.
Second, it can just be used for fun for anyone at your home, not necessarily those who are looking to get into sports.
If you are like me, the last time you went boating, you had a hard time getting up on the board in the water.
But now you can act like you are cruising on the top of the waves from your trampoline at home.
Just like with the basketball hoop, make sure that there are rules in place so no one gets hurt.
This might include making sure no one under a certain age is attempting to flip on the bounce board.
Or that no one else is allowed on the trampoline while the bounce board is being used.
Watch the first few times the bounce board is being used and make rules accordingly.
Then let the kids have fun and wear themselves out.
Here is another trampoline game where you can have fun with a bunch of friends.
The triple toss game will allow you and all of your friends to line up on the trampoline and make each other bounce while trying to hit a particular spot on the toss game.
This can be made especially hard if you are good at making people bounce high up into the air.
It will be much harder to hit the target if you get thrown into the air higher than what you were expecting.
And again, make sure people are being safe while using the trampoline.
If one person gets thrown up too high into the air, they could end up outside the trampoline net and on the ground.
So make sure to limit the number of jumpers on the trampoline while the triple toss game is being used.
And make sure those on the trampoline are not being careless with each other.
Who needs to go to Chuck E Cheese when you have a trampoline in your backyard.
You can get the ball pit feel in your backyard without having to go somewhere.
So purchase yourself a bunch of trampoline pit balls to fill up your trampoline.
Of course, this only works if you have a safety net around your trampoline.
But if you do, fill up your trampoline with a bunch of pit balls and you can get the same feel as your would with a play place that has a ball pit.
Not only do you not have to go anywhere, but you also don’t have to worry about whether or not some other kids misused the ball pit or what was done in there.
The kids can also have a ton of fun by watching the pit balls go flying as they bounce up and down on the trampoline.
Then merely have them get down from the trampoline and fill it in again with all of the pit balls.
And as always, set up rules so the kids can be safe on the trampoline while playing with the pit balls.
Make sure to limit the number of kids who are bouncing all at once.
And also make sure they aren’t pushing each other around inside the trampoline, or someone is going to get hurt.
Once the trampoline has been filled up with pit balls, then kids can go jumping around in them, trying to find each other amongst the pit balls or seeing if they can get the pit balls to go flying off the trampoline.
We have written a few articles about sleeping on a trampoline and also whether or not it is safe.
And in case you haven’t read those articles, it is perfectly safe to have a sleepover on your trampoline.
A trampoline tent would just add a little bit more character to your sleepover.
First, you would have to worry about whether it was going to rain that night during the sleepover.
The trampoline tent will give you plenty of cover to keep you safe from the rain.
Second, you could keep some light in the trampoline tent without having to worry about it bothering people outside.
The tent should keep most of the light inside, so people could continue to play games inside the tent.
It might keep in some noise, but it is still a good idea to keep your volume down inside the tent.
And make sure no kids are jumping while the trampoline tent is us.
This could lead to someone getting hurt or the trampoline ending up broken.
So once you have the trampoline set up, have your kids invite some friends over, order some pizza and let everyone have some fun hanging out in the trampoline tent.
One of the safest things you can do for your trampoline is purchasing a trampoline safety net.
Which safety net you purchase depends on the size of your trampoline.
Most of the injuries that I have seen or that typically occur are from people falling off of the trampoline.
People are not trying to get injured, but maybe you did one too many backflips and the last one made you go flying off of the trampoline.
This happened to me when I was a teenager.
Luckily, instead of getting injured, I just laughed at myself about how it could have ended so much differently.
And while the safety net won’t prevent 100% of injuries, it will significantly decrease the number of injuries.
With too many backflips, you could end up in the safety net instead of the hard ground.
Keep in mind that if you aren’t careful, you may end up replacing or repairing your safety net more than you would expect.
So make sure that people are using it as a last measure instead of falling on it on purpose.
And if you are safe with it, it should last you a long time and do much toward keeping people safe.
Another safe thing to purchase for your trampoline is trampoline anchors.
The anchors do an important thing, which is to keep your trampoline on the ground.
If you’ve lived in areas like us where the wind can pick up at a moment’s notice, then trampoline anchors are needed.
Even if you live in an area that doesn’t normally get wind, get the anchors anyway in case the wind does happen to pick up unexpectedly.
Another situation you might want anchors is where your trampoline is on uneven ground.
The anchors will help keep the trampoline on the ground and also help so the legs of the trampoline are digging into the ground.
But mostly you will want to make sure that your trampoline isn’t flying away at a moment’s notice.
Once you get the anchors, screw the metal into the ground, one on each side of a trampoline leg.
When you’ve gotten it screwed into the ground, there will be a strap you use to attach the two anchors together.
Then pull the strap as hard as you can and repeat around each leg until you are done.
From there, your trampoline should stay in the same spot with little movement.
At one point in my life, I was more than 30lbs overweight and if I wanted to get on a trampoline, it was not an easy task.
I would have to get my arms and chest onto the trampoline and then try my best to pull the rest of my body onto the trampoline.
Or, maybe you have younger kids that want to play on the trampoline, but might not be able to get on by themselves.
I guess we should be grateful that trampolines are so high off the ground because then we aren’t getting hurt while we jump on the mat.
But this also makes it harder for people and kids to get onto the trampoline.
So the trampoline ladder makes it easier for people to get onto the trampoline and also helps to keep them from getting hurt while trying to get on.
Also, without a ladder, kids are more likely to jump off the trampoline instead of carefully making their way off.
So a ladder helps them to make smarter decisions on how to get off.
At some point, you are going to lose springs off of your trampoline, or springs are going to rust and get old.
And then you are going to need to replace the springs.
You can certainly do it by hand.
But, speaking from experience, this is a long and hard way to do it.
A spring puller will save you a lot of trouble and also your hands.
The basic idea behind the spring puller is it allows you to get leverage on the spring that you can’t get with just using your hand.
Plus, it also comes with a handle, making it much easier for you to pull the spring-like you would need to.
So because of this, the spring puller is a functional tool you will need with your trampoline.
And if you purchase new springs from the right place, they might include a spring puller with your purchase of springs.
Again, speaking from experience, we’ve gone to friends’ houses to play on their trampoline and by the time we are heading home, our kids have lost their shoes.
They could have sworn that they left their shoes by the trampoline, but after 10 or 15 minutes of searching, they were nowhere to be found.
I’m sure this has happened to most of you reading this article as well.
So something to help you avoid this from happening is by purchasing a trampoline shoe net.
Much like a shoe rack at your front door is a place for your shoes, a trampoline shoe net is a place for your kids to put their shoes before they step on the trampoline.
That way, the shoes are in one place, instead of placed near the trampoline and somehow kicked yards and yards away.
Plus, it is a nice reminder for your kids to take their shoes off before they get on the trampoline, which is also very important towards making sure your trampoline lasts a long time.
There are so many things you can purchase to go with your trampoline.
Some of it can be fun things to have, while others can be functional things to have.
Whether or not you want to purchase these items, it is up to you.
But you may find some time in the near future that you really did want these things.