How to Cover Trampoline Springs
We have a fairly small yard, but my children have energy for days and love to play outside. Recently, the cover on their trampoline, the one that prevents getting pinched in the springs, disintegrated. I’m talking, fell apart into teeny tiny pieces. It was completely toast. The rest of the trampoline was still in fantastic shape and I didn’t want to get rid of it, so here is how I re-covered the springs with minimal thought and effort required.
For this project, you will need:
-pool noodles that have a hollow center (I found mine at Dollar Tree). How many depends on the size of your trampoline and springs. I used two pool noodles for our little trampoline that has 28 springs
-sharp knife (to cut the noodles)
-spring puller OR locking pliers (optional, but recommended. I will explain later)
-yard stick or ruler (also optional)
First thing you will do is measure your springs. You want to measure the whole part that sits in between the frame and the trampoline fabric, NOT ONLY THE COILED PART! Some springs have longer hooks, so if you only cut to the coiled section, your protective piece can slide around and expose some of the spring. (You can always hold the noodle up to a spring and cut it to length that way if you don’t want to measure them.)
My springs were 3.25”, which was perfect for getting 14 covers out of each pool noodle. Use a sharp knife to cut the noodles. Then use your spring puller or locking pliers to remove one side of each spring (a few at a time works best), slip the noodle piece over the spring, then reattach the spring.
*Depending on the strength of your springs, this can be really hard to do! If you can’t, or don’t want to remove and replace each spring, you could instead cut a slit down the length of your noodle pieces, **only cutting through to the hollow section**. Then open up the noodle slightly and place it over the spring this way. This method is not as secure , and the noodle pieces can fall off if they rotate cut side up and someone lands on them, but they are easy to reapply and better than nothing.
Here are our springs before, with nothing covering them...
...and here is after! Such a cheap and simple fix to prevent any pinches or injuries!
(Please don't mind the current ground cover situation in our play area. We put a giant tarp over the whole thing to kill the grass and weeds that keep growing up through the mulch, and we plan to put another material on top at a later time.)