How to recycle your Garden Trampoline

If your trampoline was damaged beyond economic repair in the recent storms you might have some imaginative ways to recycle the trampoline and the parts that are undamaged.  This photo shows an innovative idea which makes use of the trampoline frame ring, the trampoline bounce mat and trampoline springs.  The trampoline frame has been covered in soft padding and the whole trampoline mat is covered with a sheet.   The frame is suspended from the ceiling by strong rope to make a large suspended swinging bed or relaxation area.

Suspended Swinging Trampoline Bed

Trampoline frame used to create a swinging bed

In our experience some extra strenghtening may be required to the trampoline frame to keep it perfectly flat when suspended in this way.   We would suggest if you want to try this yourself do some tests before you start to cover the frame in padding.  Rather than tie the suspension ropes to the frame try passing them underneath the trampoline mat and up the opposite side.   This has the added benefit that it will provide more support to the centre of the trampoline mat and prevent it sagging in the middle.  Also, you will need to ensure the suspension ropes are strong enough to carry the greatest potential load and of course take great care to make sure the ceiling beams are capable of supporting the weight.

If you have any other examples of innovative uses for redundant trampolines then please let us know so we can share the ideas.

Here are some examples of the same idea, installed both inside and outside.  VDBTBYKDXQ8T

Trampoline Bed Examples

Suspended Trampoline Bed

Suspended Trampoline Bed

Author: Bob Bounce

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28 Responses to How to recycle your Garden Trampoline

  1. donna merriman says:

    i am trying to do research on building one of these. there isnt a whole lot of info. is that a teepee over the one? was wondering if it is outside what do you use at the top so it doesnt leak? would love more input.
    donna merriman

    • atlantic says:

      Donna, we have never made one of these ourselves. The outdoor one at the bottom of the page is suspended from a steel tripod frame. You could instead suspend it from a tree or overhanging part of a building. The tent cover looks like a teepee which you would probably need to have specially made for this. At the top I would suggest you tie it tightly around the rope it is hung from. Alternatively, get a chain and attach to the bottom a steel plate to divert any rain water running down. Under the plate weld an attachment like a loop to attach the tent material to. There might also be difficulty on getting the trampoline base to remain flat as, without ground support, there might be a tendancy for it to “crisp” like a potato chip. I hope this is useful. Please do let us know how you get on with making one for yourself and send us a photo if you can. Andrew

  2. Birdman says:

    So i love this idea and have started the build.

    I used an old 8ft trampoline and swapped the springs for tight rope with little to no stretch… that part worked perfectly, now i just need to build the tripod… any ideas on how to attach the top?

    I’ve been thinking of just lashing it together but i want to make sure it is super sturdy

    • atlantic says:

      One problem I can forsee is to make the tent watertight at the top. My idea would be to weld a hook to the underside of the tripod apex and attach to that a short chain and at the other end of the chain weld a circular plate (the size of a small dinner plate) with another hook underneath it. The plate would divert any water running down the chain and the ropes suspending the trampoline frame could be attached to the hook under the plate. The chain would allow the trampoline frame to swing and twist if necessary. If you complete this project please do send us some photos and any tips on how you constructed it. The idea of changing the trampoline springs for ropes is a good one. Good luck!

    • Firepup says:

      I am curious as to what kind of rope you have found for this purpose….. Thanks

  3. Jodi Huven says:

    I am going to start one of these next week, but Im going to keep mine on the base and make a tent above it. The swinging trampoline would be nice, but I do worry that it would not maintain it’s round shape without being welded. the tent that I plan on using is going to be a thinner material and I would like to have some LED lights placed in between the layers for lighting. Mine will not be waterproof, so my padding will have to be stored during weather.

    • Thanks for the comments Jodi. If you look at our website you will see we can supply a tent to go on top of the trampoline if you intend to keep it on its base and not do the swinging version. We also do a circus tent and a roof tent which you can find under the “Trampoline Accessories” tab. Call us on +44 (0)1646 622211 if you need any advice. Good luck with your project. Please send us a photo of it, together with some comments on how you made it, and we can post it on our blog for others to see.

    • Hector Salgado says:

      I am also doing one of these and I am planning in keeping the base. I am trying to do mine waterproof. Any tips and suggestions are welcome.
      Berkeley, California

      • Good luck with your project. Once it is completed do write and tell us how you got on and send us some photos to show our blog visitors who might be interested to do the same thing.

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  8. Hounds Wrylock says:

    I used dog tie-out cables to suspend my 8′ “trammock” the cables already had snaps on both ends & it was simple to just wrap it at each of the leg attachment areas of the frame. It’s the best use for those cables I have found! lol

  9. Maryinthewoods says:

    I love this idea! I am currently talking my older kids out of theirs. I how looked everywhere tring to find stepby step instructions but haven’t came across any. I have seen on one page it said the rope would work better under the mat stretched from one side to the other, but my question on that idea is how it would feel underneath you. Hmmm lots of questions, but I love this and I will susceed somehow. I also want to know how the ones left one the base turned out

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  12. Megan says:

    Does anyone know where you can buy that soft padding for the trampoline frame?

    • We sell trampoline spring padding for most sizes of round trampoline. You will need to know the size of your trampoline to order one. Measure from the outside edge of the frame, across the centre of the trampoline to the opposite outside edge. This will normally be a whole number of feet (eg 8ft or 10ft, for example). Do check before you order, even if you think you know the size of the trampoline already.

      You can order online or call us on 01646 622211 (+44 1646 622211 from abroad). You can email us at if you have any questions.

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  17. Tom says:

    What a neat idea! Might have to try this myself for our patio. Great tips!

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