You’ve ordered your trampoline, and you’re ready to put it together. How do you get started? How long will it take? Will you need help? Putting a trampoline together doesn’t have to be a monumental task, but you’ll probably need the help of at least one friend and a few hours to get everything set up properly.
While you should consult with the instructional manual that came with your model, we’ll show you the basics of assembling a trampoline, so you know what to expect.
Here’s What You’ll Need
- A Philips screwdriver.
- 1 or 2 adjustable wrenches.
- A rubber mallet (optional, but recommended).
- Gloves to protect your hands from pinching.
Read the Manual and Check the Box
Before you get started, take the time to sit down and read through the instruction manual. Make sure you have any additional tools that may be needed on hand. Take an inventory of what parts are included with the trampoline.
Next, check the box to make sure all the parts are there. Most trampolines ship in two or three boxes, so be sure to check all of them for the appropriate parts.
Once you’re sure you have all the necessary parts, lay everything out on the floor and in groups (springs, legs, bars, jump pad, etc.).
How to Set Up a Trampoline
Now that your parts are all laid out and organized, it’s time to get started. Remember, you’ll want to have someone help you put the trampoline together. This can be a tough, tedious job to take on yourself.
1. Start with the Frame
The first thing you want to assemble is the frame. You’ll need to refer to your trampoline’s manual for frame assembly. Each manufacturer has a different frame design and its own unique assembling method.
The frame should be relatively simple to put together, but don’t rush through the process. Remember, the frame is the foundation of your trampoline. It should be sturdy and well-put-together.
2. Add the Springs
The most complicated part of the assembly process is adding the springs. Make sure you have gloves on for this as the springs can and will pinch your fingers.
Now, your first instinct may be the start adding the springs on one side and work clockwise or counterclockwise from there. But doing this will make the entire process more difficult than it has to be. What happens is all the tension will pull one way and make it very difficult to get the last third of the springs on.
Think of the jumping mat as a clock face. To start, you’ll put the springs at the 12, 3, 6, and 9 positions. You want the same amount of spring holes in between each spring, so divide the total number of springs by 4 to determine the appropriate placement of these first springs. The manual should tell you how many springs your model has.
From here, halve the gap in between each spring and hook another one in. Keep doing this until you’ve attached all the springs. This method will keep the tension even throughout the entire process – and save you a lot of frustration.
3. Attach the Spring Protector
Once you’ve attached all of the springs, it’s time to attach the spring protector. The manual will give you precise instructions on how to attach the protector, but most models will require you to tie a string every 23 inches or so to keep the pad in place.
If your trampoline comes with an enclosure, make sure to read the assembly instructions carefully before you get started. Determine if the net goes inside or outside of the poles and if the poles attach to the inside or outside of the springs.
In the event that your model has an enclosure, you’ll need to:
- Assemble the posts while not attached to the frame.
- Cover the posts with the included padding.
- Place the cap on the end of the post.
- Secure the mat to the pole by lining up the hole and screwing the mat anchor into place.
You’ll need to do this for every post before attaching the post to the frame.
Once the spring protector is attached and the enclosure is set up (if you have one), you can start enjoying your trampoline!
Step-by-Step Video Instructions
Here’s a video showing you how to set up a skywalker trampoline correctly:
Always Read the Instructions
Your trampoline may require different steps, so always read the instructions to determine how to assemble a trampoline the right way. We provided instructions that should guide you through the assembly for most models on the market.