Building a toddler trampoline is not an overly difficult task. It is also a fun project which will surely render your child happy. A trampoline is a popular toy for children, and it encourages them to learn how to jump while satisfying their needs of being active. Let us delineate some basic factors to bear in mind, together with the steps involved to build such a trampoline.
Step 1 – Planning
Start off by carefully planning the project out. The trampoline needs to be of a size which is neither too small nor too large. You obviously need to keep in mind your child’s safety. Secondly, check out the area that you can use in your backyard to accommodate the trampoline. It is very important that there is no wall or other structure too close to the trampoline’s space, as it could prove very dangerous should the child fall off.
Step 2 – Buying
Next, visit a sports equipment store to purchase a trampoline kit. Such a kit will include all the required parts to build the trampoline. Choose the type which best fits the size you deem most appropriate and safe.
Step 3 – Assembling the Net’s Frame
Start off by assembling the net’s frame. The net will be made from resistant material, and it will incorporate a number of holes where you will attach the fasteners in order to attach it to the base and legs. Consequently, you first have to build the net’s frame, as it will hold the weight above it and support the net itself. Once the frame has been built you have to attach the springs. These need to be laid out in a manner that an appropriate level of tension is achieved.
Step 4 – Attaching the Legs
Next you have to attach the legs to the base. The legs need to be securely fixed because they play a crucial role in establishing the stability of the trampoline. The frame will have gaps where the legs will be inserted and fastened. Usually they will just snap into place. Otherwise you will need to attach them by means of screws.
Step 5 – Attaching the Net
Now you just have to place the net in place. The net needs to be pulled and stretched well so as to be securely fixed in place over the underlying frame. The net will also have a safety padding to enhance its safety features. Make sure it is well laid out, and without creases.
Step 6 – Checking
You should test the trampoline's safety and whether it can actually withstand the necessary weight prior to allowing a child to jump onto the trampoline. This can be done by making use of an object which is roughly the same weight as your child. Throw the object onto the trampoline several times and observe whether the trampoline is safely supporting this weight or not. Check whether the net is stretched out and attached safely, and also if the base and legs are sturdy enough to support the weight and the fall’s pressure.