If your children would love a floor level trampoline and you want to let them bounce without fear of them falling off, you need to know how to sink a trampoline!
This job was a planned part of our garden makeover last year and having the trampoline at ground level has revived interest in it from the kids who are never off it these days! They’ll even run out of the back door, have a bounce and run back in and I don’t worry about anyone falling off it. Plus I was able to get rid of the ugly netting that used to surround the trampoline when it was at ‘climb up’ level.
It is a big job and it took us about six weeks to complete as we were doing it on evenings and weekends around work but if you were on it full time then it’d probably take about 3 days. It’s worth the effort as the results are beautiful. Here’s how to get started:
Measure your existing trampoline then dig a hole leaving an extra 6 inches all the way around. For the depth, dig the length of the normal trampoline legs if you are sticking with your existing floor finish. As we wanted to lay stone around ours, we allowed the trampoline to sit higher than original floor level during the build as it would become floor level once the new stone flags were laid.
To dig the hole you will need to hire a mini digger and a skip to take away the waste rubble unless you are planning to use it elsewhere in the garden.
Once the hole is dug, sit your trampoline in it and concrete in the legs. You will need to pour in as much concrete as it takes to cover the metal legs at the bottom. Then leave this to set for a few days.
Digging out the trampoline hole
Infill the side walls of the trampoline hole with hardcore. Put concrete around the top edge of the trampoline at floor level to secure the edge of the hole in place.
The trampoline is cemented in
Do whatever floor finishes you are having. We laid Indian stone flags around the trampoline and on the rest of the patio. Once laid, do the pointing to complete the job!
So now you know how to do it, would you consider giving a sunken trampoline a go? Let me know in the comments.
For another garden makeover idea, this post shows you how to build a fire pit