The Best Way to Use an Old Trampoline

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When my children's trampoline finally broke down I was left with a pile of metal and some very thick trampoline mat. When I was moving the trampoline mat it occurred to me that this thick black fabric could be used replace the fabric in my outdoor chaise lounge chairs. I intended to order expensive outdoor fabric for the chairs for some time, but what better way to kill two birds with one stone.

I took the old fabric out of the sling chaise lounge and used it as a pattern to cut the trampoline mat .

I was able to use my home sewing machine to sew the seams of the trampoline mat. I did use a good quality UV protected thread. This part is very important as regular polyester thread will not last outside.

I sewed and extra wide seam to that it would be strong and less likely to be affected by fraying. I also did a double seam about 1/4" apart from each other, just to be doubly sure it would hold.

After I sewed the side seams I slipped the old spline into the pocket created by the seam(like a rod pocket on a curtain panel). Then I slid the spline and trampoline mat back into the chaise lounge chair.

I used some oil paint by rustoleum to give my chaise loungers a fresh look and just like that, they're ready for another summer on my dock.

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  • DC DC on May 08, 2020

    Trampoline material is intended to give quite easily under pressure. My questions are, do you sink deeper the longer you sit? Is it a suitable material for heavier people?

  • Geribrinley Geribrinley on May 07, 2021

    I loved the idea of using the old trampoline fabric but I just can't see how you slipped the casings you sewed along the side over the legs and arms of the lounger. Wouldn't they be in the way?

  • Linda Linda on May 12, 2021

    I have noticed that with our trampoline netting after many years of use that our kids socks/clothes get a black residue on them....

    Nice idea though. Maybe the residue could be something to do with our trees??

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  • Renee Renee on May 09, 2021

    one of the best ideas yet! looks great.

  • Mimzy lombardo Mimzy lombardo on May 09, 2021

    Huh. I don’t have that same experience. But I live in Florida so we get a lot of rain in the summer . And we have very lush plants all around and under our trampoline so not much dirt. Plus when there’s a lot of leaves on it my girls use a leaf blower to clean it off, so maybe that helps too.

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