Whether you have enough room in your backyard for a trampoline or not, you might wonder what to do with the trampoline when it is not in use.
When your trampoline is not in use, you can put it away for some time, use a trampoline cover to protect the jump pad (mat), use the trampoline as a sleeping pad, anchor your trampoline down, and keep your trampoline clean.
Read on to find out the best things to do with your trampoline.
A Word on Trampolines
Before we get too deep into the article, just a few words on trampolines.
Trampolines by nature can and ought to be left out all year round.
This is because the trampoline is built out of materials that should last during rain or shine.
The springs should come with a coating on them to keep them from rusting from rain or snow.
The mat is made from a synthetic material that doesn’t easily tear and will dry off if it gets rained on.
While the trampoline can be used after it has been rained on, please use caution, as it will be slippery.
And a slippery trampoline could lead to injury from someone jumping.
So before you consider what you should do with a trampoline when it is not in use, keep in mind that if you have room for the trampoline in the backyard, you don’t have to do anything with it.
Put it away
Trampolines are relatively easy to put up.
All it takes is a few people and a little bit of time.
The same is true when putting the trampoline away.
Start off by taking the springs off of the trampoline.
Keep in mind that taking the springs off is a little bit different than putting them on.
You see, when putting the springs on the first few springs are the easiest because the mat hasn’t built up the tension with the springs.
When you are taking them off, the tension is already built up, which makes them harder to take off.
So please make sure you have a spring puller, otherwise, those first dozen springs are going to be really hard to pull off.
Once you have all the springs off, then you have the mat off as well.
Next, you need to take the legs off of the trampoline.
The easiest way to do this is to turn the trampoline upside down so the legs are up in the air.
Once you’ve got the legs in the air, then the trampoline isn’t leaning on the legs to stay up.
So pull out a screwdriver (flathead or Phillips) and undo the screws and bolts that are keeping the legs connected to the trampoline frame.
Then do the same to the base of the trampoline until you’ve disconnected all the pieces.
You are now ready to put the trampoline away.
You should have a ziplock bag to put all the screws in.
Also, have a rope ready to tie all the poles together.
Then use packing tape or duct tape to tape the ziplock bag to the poles.
It will be interesting finding a place to keep your trampoline parts, you have a really big mat to pack away, with poles and springs.
Maybe one big box for springs and another big box for the mat.
The poles are going to be a little odd because they aren’t straight.
So maybe off in a corner somewhere of your garage or in the back of the shed.
And lastly, make sure the parts aren’t going to be in a place where there will be sitting water.
If the springs or poles are left in puddles of water, they will easily rust up and be of little use to you.
Then put the trampoline away until you are ready to take it out again.
If you find that you are taking it out and setting it up more than a few times a year, then you might be better off leaving the trampoline out year-round.
Putting up a trampoline is just hard enough that you won’t want to be doing it a few times a year.
Put a trampoline cover on the trampoline
As mentioned before, the trampoline shouldn’t be in an area where it is going to gather water.
You see, when someone is using the trampoline on a regular basis, it helps keep the trampoline from wearing down.
The motion of the trampoline being used gets off any moisture or anything else that might ruin the trampoline (including snow and debris from your trees).
So if the trampoline isn’t being used, then something should be done to protect it.
If you aren’t going to be spending the time to take down your trampoline (which might be frustrating if your kids keep changing their minds about whether or not they want to use it), then you need another option.
That is when the trampoline cover comes into place.
You can find a trampoline cover here on Amazon.
The trampoline cover is relatively easy to install over the trampoline.
First, lay the cover over the trampoline.
Make sure it is smooth across the trampoline.
Then pull out the elastic ropes and start going around the trampoline cover.
Over each leg should be a loop in the cover.
If the loop isn’t where the leg is, pull the loop over to the leg.
Then put the elastic rope into the loop and then wrap the rope around the leg.
The ball on the rope should then go into the loop in the elastic, keeping it in place.
Continue around the trampoline until you use the elastic rope around each leg.
Then you are all done.
Now, the trampoline cover will protect your trampoline during the rainy season and also during the winter.
Use the trampoline as a sleeping pad
Now the trampoline doesn’t have to be a jumping pad only.
When your kids decide they are tired of jumping on the trampoline, there can then be other things the trampoline is used for.
One of these can be using the trampoline as a place to have a campout.
First, make sure you are going to have good weather before planning on camping out on the trampoline.
If the weather is going to be nice (no rain or snow), then pull out some blankets or sleeping bags and a pillow for each person sleeping on the trampoline.
The one difficult thing you are going to run into is how to have people sleep on the trampoline.
If everyone sleeps side by side, because of the weight, the trampoline is going to cause everyone to slowly slide down until they are on top of each other.
No, the best way to have everyone sleep on the trampoline is in a star shape.
This means that everyone puts their feet in the middle of the trampoline and then they sleep with their heads near the springs.
This should make it so no one is sinking into the trampoline mat.
Then you can begin the campout.
This can include counting all the stars in the sky or having everyone tell a part of a story.
Or you have a ball to pass around to everyone on the trampoline until they are all asleep.
You could also set up a projector and have everyone watch a movie while sleeping on the trampoline.
The list of things you can do on the trampoline is actually endless, so give it a go.
Anchor your trampoline down
If the trampoline isn’t being used, the last thing you want to happen is for the trampoline to fly away.
This can happen from un-use because the jumping on the trampoline slowly digs the legs of the trampoline into the ground.
With jumping, this doesn’t happen.
And a good gust of wind can cause the trampoline to go flying.
We’ve known people who haven’t anchored down their trampoline and then during a windstorm, they found their trampoline a few houses away.
So please anchor down your trampoline.
You can find some trampoline anchors here.
Start off by screwing the anchor into the ground next to the leg of the trampoline.
Do this around each leg.
Then, pull out one of the straps and loop it around both the leg and the base of the trampoline.
Once wrapped around the leg and base, then put the strap through the anchor and back through the strap.
Continue this through each of the anchors.
Then you are done.
This should keep the trampoline from traveling away from your house when you aren’t paying attention to it.
Keep the trampoline clean
Outside of anchoring down your trampoline, an important part is to keep your trampoline clean.
This includes a few things.
First, when there is snow on the trampoline, make sure to get the snow off.
Don’t use a shovel for this, as the edges of the shovel could cause tears in the trampoline mat.
The best thing to use for getting snow off of the trampoline is a broom.
The broom is gentle enough to not injure the trampoline but also is rough enough to get the snow off.
If you let the snow sit on the trampoline for too long or it snows too much on the trampoline, the weight on the trampoline could cause the mat or springs to not last as long.
Next, use the same broom to remove any sticks or leaves from the trampoline.
These could also tear the trampoline mat when your kids start to jump on the trampoline.
Last, make sure the trampoline is in a sunny area in the yard, so if rain does fall on it, it has a chance to dry before it is being used again.
As already stated, the trampoline can stay up year-round because that is how the trampoline is made.
But if you don’t have the yard to keep up the trampoline all the time, or you want to replace it with something seasonal, then you have a few options of what you could do with it.
This includes putting it away, using it as a sleeping mat, anchoring it down, and keeping it clean.
Just make sure that your family is using the trampoline at some point so they can have fun.