About Sunken Trampoline
The company was set up by Paul Andrews after he wanted to have a trampoline in his own garden for his little ones to play on with age ranges of three to nine.
His main concern was the safety of his little ones using a trampoline that was set at a hight above the ground.
Still keen on the idea of the ugly eyesore that goes with a traditional above ground trampoline he decided upon an alternative. The alternative been the sinking of the trampoline into the ground – aka sunken trampoline
This is far more attractive in the garden due to the fact that its surface is level with the ground, meaning less loss of space – a vital consideration when space is often at a premium.
Sinking a trampoline means that netting can be removed. Here landscaping can get creative, with the company having a background in landscaping and property development this list can be explored. Basics to date are a lid fitted in decking and grass to provide an all year round surround which maintains an excellent level of safety – the alternatives are endless! It allows the family to access it simply and enables them to use the garden to its full potential.
Paul is continually amazed and amused by the variety and number of games his children come up with, all of which would not be possible on an ugly above the ground structure.
Key Advantages to Sunken Trampolines
There are a number of key advantages which in the ground trampoline have over their above ground counterparts, from looks to increased safety.
Conventional above ground trampolines can take up a significant amount of space, and are an immediately visible addition to a garden. For those conscious of the presentation and look of their garden, this can be a significant drawback. This is not a problem with in-ground trampolines, as their lower profile can make them less obvious, or indeed hard to spot at all.
This is particularly the case with flush to ground models, which can easily blend in with the surrounding garden. Some build a sloping incline in the ground leading to an in-ground trampoline, which can completely obscure the trampoline itself from view.
Whilst standard above ground trampolines are suspended above the ground by the legs of the frame, in-ground trampolines have little or no distance between the bouncing mat and the ground. This adds a level of safety not found in other kinds of trampoline, as children using the trampoline have less distance to fall if they do fall off the trampoline. This can negate the need for a safety net to be added to the trampoline, which is recommended for on ground trampolines in order to prevent children from falling off and injuring themselves. As the area beneath the trampoline is inaccessible, this removes the risk of small children or household pets from wandering beneath the bounce mat during use, which poses a risk of injury.
Better for Children
A sunken trampoline is more suitable for children, particularly young children, than the conventional trampolines. Not only are in-ground trampolines safer in the event of a fall, with less distance to fall between the mat and the ground, but they are also much easier to access for young children. As they are close to the ground, there is no need to climb up onto the trampoline, meaning small children can access the trampoline without the aid of an adult or the risk of falling. This also means there is no need for a ladder.
Easier to Maintain
- Sunken trampolines require less maintenance to keep in a good condition than conventional on ground models. Less of a sunken trampoline is open to the elements, which makes it easier to fully protect with a trampoline cover.
- This helps prevent the development of rust, and protects the trampoline from water damage in general. Another benefit is that unlike standard trampolines, there is no need to sweep the area beneath the trampoline of debris, as this area is sheltered.
- The sunken trampoline also has the benefit of not having any grass beneath it which needs to be maintained, and saves owners the inconvenience of having to move around a trampoline to mow the lawn.
- Furthermore, in-ground trampolines are a good choice for those living in very windy areas. This is because the trampoline is securely sunken into the ground, removing the risk of the trampoline being blown over and causing damage both to itself and other objects in the surrounding garden.
Size and Shape
A key decision to be made when purchasing an sunken trampoline is the size and shape of the trampoline. The primary consideration to make here is the garden the trampoline is being set up in. It is generally considered a good idea to choose the largest size of trampoline that will comfortably fit into a particular garden, with enough room for a surrounding safety area, free of objects in case a user falls from the trampoline.
The shape of a trampoline partly depends on personal preference, and partly on the shape of the space a trampoline is being fit in. There are three main shapes of trampoline which are widely available:
- Circular trampolines are among the most widely available. This shape is popular due to the fact that the circular shape of the mat causes a user to bounce towards the centre, which provides added safety. It is also easier to dig a circular hole for a circular in-ground trampoline, and many consider these trampolines to look better in a garden.
- Rectangular or square trampolines are less commonly favoured, as they lack the bouncing towards the centre effect of the circular bouncing mat. These trampolines may often fit well into some gardens, however.
- Octagonal trampolines are far less commonly available, and can be awkward when it comes to replacing components such as the frame pad, as these can be difficult to find. It is also difficult to dig a hole to fit an octagonal in-ground trampoline.
Trampolines are a popular piece of outdoor play equipment, and various sizes and shapes are available to fit a range of needs and users. Sunken trampolines offer numerous advantages over traditional above ground trampolines, including additional security, safety and ease of use and maintenance.