Asked on Aug 26, 2014

What to use as trampoline base

by Daf428745
Hi I need help with our trampoline we have sand under it at the moment. I need ideas as to what I can put under it instead of sand. I have two boys so I need it to be kid friendly & easy to look after.
  15 answers
  • Julie Moyna Julie Moyna on Aug 26, 2014
    Is there any way you can bury it? We had a friend who had a little backhoe dig it out. Then then can't fall :)
  • What is under it is not really a concern for me, but the wood framing that surrounds it does. Things are way to hard to fall on. Small pea gravel is one thing that will not attract cats and is easy on the fall, So is Fibar. This product is used for playgrounds and also for horse arenas. , It is a bit pricy but for safety it cannot be beat. While it sort of looks like wood chips its not. It does not decay nearly as fast or attract insects like mulch does. Its a bit pricey but so is a hospital stay if they land on something hard. The only other thing you can do is to purchase the safety net for this trampoline and put grass down that is good for shade. And not worry about anyone falling.
  • Juanita J Juanita J on Aug 26, 2014
    I agree. The wood framing seems to be an injury waiting to happen. I would pull out the wood, move the swing set farther away, (more injuries) then put down rubber mulch. The deeper the better, with an outline to contain it like the rubber strip that comes in a roll. If I had the money I would also pad the inside of the fence with foam for protection.
  • Gigi Gigi on Aug 26, 2014
    It needs padding around the metal and netting.
  • Frani W Frani W on Aug 26, 2014
    The wood framing needs to go asap. I agree with Juanita and Gigi on rubber mulch and padding and netting.
  • Cindy tustin Cindy tustin on Aug 26, 2014
    Was glad to see so many posts on the danger of the wood barrier. remove it all use rubber and think about the safety skirting or cage for trampolines.
  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Aug 26, 2014
    The photo almost made my heart stop when I noticed the wood barrier! They make a screen that fits around these things...get one and you will not have to worry about them falling!
  • Suzan Suzan on Aug 26, 2014
    Hi, on Pinerest they dug a large hole and put the trampoline on top, that way you don't have to worry about the kids getting hurt and it looks GREAT,,,!!! hope you do this, I think you would like it
  • Carole Carole on Aug 28, 2014
    Rubber mulch, although I agree about the danger of the wood frame and all the other comments posted hear. A safety net would be a good idea if possible.
  • Lori Jackson Lori Jackson on Aug 28, 2014
    Get rid of the wood and get a safety net. Then worry about what is under it...oh, and check your home owner's insurance. Trampolines are rate raisers in some parts of the country.
  • Tegma Tegma on Aug 30, 2014
    Agree that you have a very dangerous setup..... enough said on that! Once the swing set is moved away, remove the wooden frame, add rubber mulch around the base of the trampoline, and then definitely buy a net made for safety! Sand will be used by cats for a litter box. And to avoid broken arms and legs, or worse, I would not have a trampoline in my yard without the nets they sell for them! Also, pad round the metal frame with Dollar Tree poll noodles, cut to size!
  • Donna Chambers Donna Chambers on Aug 30, 2014
    We dug a hole so that the trampoline is at ground level and also have a net installed. Much safer
  • My question for those who suggest a hole or those that have done that, how to you handle the water that will tend to fill the hole up when it rains? A hole that large would worry me both for mosquitos and for possible issues should a small child fall between the trampoline and the hole. Personally these devices should be set up with manufactured design safety equipment and only used with adult supervision. And Lori is correct, many insurance carriers do not insure for these. And if someone gets hurt it can be difficult to have it covered.
  • Opal Opal on Sep 02, 2014
    Definitely rubber mulch with rubber containment. I would also net around the bottom to keep kids and pets from going underneath it. I have seen where pool noodles were cut to fit around the springs and outside bar for safety in a mix of colors, looked fab and was cheap. Pool noodles are at most $1. each (dollar store).