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Choosing a trampoline that’s right for you and your kids can seem like a daunting task, there’s many things to consider. We’ve come to answer the question, is an 8ft trampoline big enough?
When choosing a trampoline you need to consider whether or not the trampoline, in this case, will an 8ft trampoline fit nicely into your garden and provide the fun environment that you expect.
These are the things you need to consider;
This is our guide to solve the question you have of is an 8ft trampoline going to big enough.
- How much space do you have for the trampoline?
- How much space do you need for an 8ft trampoline?
- Who and what age are the children who are going to be using the trampoline?
- Where to put a trampoline?
- What kind of surface can you put a trampoline on?
How much space do you have?
The first thing you need to consider is the space that you have to place an 8ft trampoline, you need to measure the area in which you want to place the trampoline. What you will want to do is take a look at the various areas of your garden where you feel like a trampoline would be suitable. Ensure that there are no obstacles that could cause injuries, collisions or increase the health risks. These types of obstacles could be a tree nearby your chosen area, a road or busy pathway that is within 2 meters of the picked area or a wall or fence that could cause injuries if it’s placed to close to your desired trampoline area.
Get the tape measure out and go around your desired area. How large is this area and what are the distances between your area and the trampoline.
How much space do you need for an 8ft trampoline?
An 8ft trampoline is approximately 243 cm, 2.5 m or 8ft in diameter. That’s including the trampoline enclosure that now legally has to be included in the 8ft trampoline box. So you are not only looking for space for an 8ft trampoline but also the enclosure.
What this means is that you are not only looking for horizontal space but also vertical space for the enclosure net and bounce clearance.
For an 8ft trampoline with enclosure, you will be looking to make sure that you have at least 3 m, 10ft in diameter space and at least 3 m height clearance. This is why it’s so important to make sure that there are no obstacles that could cause injuries. Whether it’s an overhanging tree or a nearby fence that if the worse was to happen – a tear in the enclosure net, your child is not going to impact any nearby hazards.
Who and what age are the children who are going to be using the trampoline?
The area you need and the area you have for an 8ft trampoline have been ticked off the checklist. Next, we ask the question of who is going to be using the trampoline and what age are the kids who intend to use it.
Why is this important?
It’s important because 8ft trampolines come with certain restrictions and recommendations for use. An 8ft trampoline is quite small and is ideally suitable for the ages of 5 years old to 10 years old. The weight restrictions vary by trampoline manufacturer. Some 8ft trampolines can support 50 KG (7 Stone) and other more premium trampolines although that limit to be increased to up to 100 KG (15 Stone) so as you can see there’s a massive variance.
So if you have two children who are aged between 5 and 10 years old then the intended use is a fantastic fit for purpose. If however, you are looking for a garden trampoline for children between the ages of 5 years old and 14 years old I would consider purchasing a larger trampoline if the desired trampoline area allows it.
Where to put a trampoline?
To summarise what we’ve discussed already. You should be looking to put a trampoline where there is ample space to contain the trampoline. If you’re buying an 8ft trampoline, allow at least 10ft in diameter space to place the trampoline in with another 10ft of vertical clearance to allow space for the enclosure and bouncing. Ensure there are no objects or obstacles that can cause injuries to children who will be using the trampoline, no tree’s, fences, roads, paths, sheds or anything that you think your child may end up colliding with.
What kind of surface can you put a trampoline on?
Once you’re sure that you have enough space for an 8ft trampoline then the job is only half done I’m afraid. Finally, we need to discover the type of surface that’s available for the trampoline. You need to ensure a soft surrounding area for the trampoline so you should be placing the trampoline on a grass area in the garden. You should avoid putting the trampoline on concrete or loose stones. Why do you ask? – Well not only is safety a major concern when we place a trampoline on a hard surface (concrete) or a surface full of sharp objects (Stones) the noise alone when a child jumping will have the neighbours round in a flash asking you to keep the noise down. I’ve been there before!
The solution to, is an 8ft trampoline big enough?
- Map out your garden and select your space. Take measurements.
- For an 8ft Trampoline (243 cm) ensure you have an area that is at least 10ft in diameter (300 cm).
- Make the are safe – Do not place the 8ft trampoline anywhere near any obstacles that can cause injuries of any objects you feel may be a collision hazard.
- Are the children who will be using the trampoline in the allowed requirements and recommendations by the trampoline manufacturer.
- Place the trampoline on a safe grassy surface, it’s soft and won’t cause injuries if using the trampoline correctly. Avoid hard concrete and loose stones.
If you’re on the hunt for an 8ft trampoline with enclosure or you’ve come to the decision that the 8ft trampoline is the correct size of the trampoline for your garden then we have a range of trampolines that are suitable here.