Top 5 Things That Will Ruin Your Trampoline’s Bounce

Have you ever been stuck on a trampoline that does not give you the bounce you are looking for?

Have you ever wished that your trampoline did not lose so much of it’s bounce over the years?

There are a few things that can ruin the bounce of your trampoline.

The top 5 things that will ruin the bounce of your trampoline are: rusted springs, missing springs, worn-out springs, ripped mats, and broken frames.

Read on to find out how you can fix the bounce of your trampoline depending on how it is missing its bounce.

Main components of the trampoline

When it comes to a trampoline, there are not so many parts.

You have the mat, the springs and the frame.

As part of the frame, you can the circle that the springs connect to and the legs.

While a trampoline is big, there are very few actual parts to the trampoline.

So, if you lose your bounce, there are only so many things that you can look at for a culprit.

Rusted springs

The springs are one of the most important components of the trampoline.

As you bounce on the trampoline, the springs are what extend and contract, which gives you the bounce each time you land on the mat.

So, a rusted spring is going to affect how much bounce you actually get.

A spring gets rusted just like any other metal object: if it is left out in the rain and it not appropriately dried out, it will rust.

So you will want to avoid your springs getting rusty at any cost.

This can be avoid ahead of time by purchasing a trampoline spring cover.

Search here to find the best spring cover for your trampoline.

But if you weren’t able to plan ahead of time, one or many rusty springs will take away the bounce on your trampoline.

A rusty spring will not perfect as well as a regular spring, so you will need to replace those springs if you want the full bounce back for your trampoline.

Missing springs

My kids love to jump around the sides of our trampoline.

While it can be fun to do so (it gives you a little more bounce to jump right next to the springs), it can also lead to you missing springs in future.

The act of bouncing near the springs will damage the stitching that holds the rings in place and could cause them to come lose.

If the rings come lose, then the spring could come flying off.

This has happened quite a few times to go and the springs flying off can be very dangerous.

We have actually been very fortunate that no one got hurt, but as our kids continued to jump alone the outside of the trampoline, we lost more and more springs.

Missing springs causes the trampoline to not have as much bounce as it originally had.

So any missing springs should be replaced.

If the rings have gone missing too, you might eventually have to replace the mat as well.

Worn out springs

A spring or anything like a spring is going to wear out over time.

If you have ever had a slinky, you know what that feels like.

The same thing happens to springs eventually: they get worn out.

When you have a worn out spring or group of springs you are not going to get the best bounce from your trampoline.

Depending on the number of kids on a trampoline, or the size of the people jumping, your springs will wear out at some point in time.

Trampolines 12 to 14 feet can sometimes hold up to 300 pounds.

Trampolines bigger than that can hold up to 350 pounds.

This has a little bit to do with the mat, but a lot to do with the springs, since they are what gives the trampoline bounce.

If you have a group of kids jumping on the trampoline, or a few adults, then you are guaranteed to go over that weight limit.

And when you go over the weight limit, the springs will start to wear out.

You will know the springs are worn out when there is space between each curl of the spring.

Once you see that space, you are not getting as much bounce from the trampoline as you can get.

Make sure to have plenty of springs on hand, or purchase a box from Amazon.

Ripped mat

The springs are probably the most important component of the trampoline, but the mat comes in a close second.

A ripped mat may not directly affect how much the trampoline bounces, there are a few reasons why having a ripped mat may keep you from getting the most bounce.

  • We tend to avoid the areas that are ripped or broken

When a trampoline mat rips, we tend to stay away from that area of the trampoline.

Most of the rips we have encountered happened in the middle or near the middle of the trampoline.

And the middle of the trampoline is the place where you will get the most bounce.

So, if you are like us and you get a rip in the middle of your trampoline, you will not get the most bounce.

  • Rips, if not addressed immediately, will get bigger

If we do not address our rip immediately, the rip will get bigger and bigger.

And while the rip gets bigger, you will start jumping softer and softer or less and less often.

So a rip in the trampoline keeps you from getting the most bounce from the trampoline that you can get.

Replace a ripped mat before it gets worse.

Broken frame

If you have a broken leg on your bed, you won’t jump on it.

If you have a broken post of your fence, you won’t lean on it.

If you have a broken frame, hopefully you are not jumping on your trampoline.

A broken frame affects the usefulness of the trampoline.

If any part of your frame is broken, the trampoline will not be able to take the jumping and bouncing as well as it used to.

You might think it is a minor bend in the metal frame, or a minor bend in the metal leg, but all of these parts are important to how well you can bounce.

And the more you bounce on a broken frame, the worse it is going to get.

Ways to correct the bounce

There are actually a few things you can do to make your trampoline more bouncy, most dealing with how the springs are set up.

Here are a few of the recommendations:

  1. Put your springs in an X shape. Cross springs over each other to make an X. This will give you more bounce, but might also make your springs wear out more quickly.
  2. Put your springs in a V shape. Put two springs in one hole of the frame, then clip the springs in rings two spaces apart (there will be a ring in between without a spring).
  3. Put your springs in a W shape. Put a spring in the ring on the mat and then add two more springs to the frame, making a W shape.


Replace your springs when they get rusty, worn-out, or when you have lost them.

This helps keep the bounciness of the trampoline in tact.

If your mat gets rips or your frame gets bent, replace them before the situation gets worse.

Bill Lantz

Bill Lantz is a database analyst by day and a weekend warrior by... weekend. He's currently building up his own miniature homestead in Central Utah with his wife and six kids. Some of his interests include knowing random trivia about films, reading history books, and playing video games with the boys.

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