How to Install a Trampoline Enclosure

By Michael Jones

An enclosure around your trampoline can add an extra element of safety to your backyard toy. The enclosure is made for safety, not for climbing or bouncing against, so don't buy it for any other reason. There are enclosures made for every type and size of trampoline, and many are designed to easily attach to your trampoline. After a couple of hours, your enclosure will be up and ready.

Clamp the enclosure poles to the trampoline legs. Each enclosure system is different, but most poles will easily attach to the trampoline's legs. The bottom of the pole should be 18 inches below the trampoline's frame.

Attach the top halves of the poles. The enclosure poles will usually come in two halves.

Slip the foam sleeves over the poles. The sleeves will come down to rest on the top of the trampoline frame.

Attach the caps that come with your set on top of the poles. These are used to hold the net. Once you have all poles sturdily attached with foam sleeves and caps, you're ready to begin putting on the net.

Tie one end of the net onto a pole and stretch it over to tie it to the top of the next pole. The first two poles you start working on will serve as your entrance to the trampoline.

Tie the net around all the poles. The net should be on the inside of all the poles except the first one you start with. The net will wrap around the outside of the first pole and then go inside the rest of the trampoline. The net should be hanging a couple feet above the trampoline.

Pull down the net and attach it to the top of the trampoline frame.

Things You Will Need

  • Trampoline
  • Trampoline enclosure set
  • Ladder or chair
  • Screwdriver
  • Wrench

Tip

Make sure your enclosure set isn't missing any pieces. You don't want to find out you're missing an essential part two hours into the installation.

It may take more than one adult to install the trampoline enclosure. Two or three adults will take between two and five hours to install the enclosure.

Keep the installation manual close by to make things go smoothly.

You can buy a steel cable that will weave through the enclosure's entrance and lock the trampoline. This is good to prevent unwanted visitors from getting onto the trampoline.

Warning

The net enclosure will add more mass to your trampoline, making it more susceptible to high winds. It's a good idea to anchor the trampoline to the ground and to take it down completely in 40-plus mph winds.

To preserve the net, take it down and store it in the winter. It will come down in a few steps and installation will be much easier the second time around.

The enclosure is not made for a climbing net or a rebounding surface. Using it for such purposes is dangerous and can result in injury.

About the Author

Michael Jones reported campus news stories for The University of Southern California's student newspaper, "The Daily Trojan," for four years before graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in journalism. He has since gone on to write for several publications both in America and abroad and has an idiosyncratic knack for translating the most intricate tasks into layman speak.