Do you want a trampoline but are concerned about how it will look in your yard, or maybe the look of the trampoline isn’t your concerned, but instead it is how to mow around it? Well there is a new trend going around where you put the trampoline in the ground. An in-ground trampoline is like an in-ground pool. You dig a hole, add a retaining wall, and make sure it has proper ventilation and drainage. Then you just stick the frame into the ground. You can make any type of trampoline an in-ground trampoline. It doesn’t matter if you want a round trampoline, a square trampoline, or a rectangle trampoline; you just got to dig the right shape hole.
There are some in ground trampoline products in the market to make the job easier. We researched most of them and selected only the best ones.
Consider the In-Ground Trampoline Standard from In-Ground Trampolines.
Also consider the InGround Trampoline from Plum.
Read more about in ground trampoline retaining wall kits here.
There are some advantages and disadvantages when comparing in-ground trampolines vs above ground trampolines like the looks, can you move it around, how easy it is to go in and out. We'll check some in ground trampoline benefits below.
Read our sunken trampoline problems guide for other disadvantages.
The logical answer would be yes. The closer you are to ground the safest. But that doesn't mean you don't need a safety net to be safe. So, are in ground trampolines safe? Click the link to read more about in-ground trampolines safety.
There are a few in-ground trampoline dangers The jumper can get hurt as bad in the in-ground as the above ground. The height difference is not that big. But sunken trampoline problems don't end there.
Another issue is the ventilation clearance. Since you have to leave a good amount of clearance for ventilation. So the jumper needs to be careful to never land there. Just use the safety net.
Also pay attention to in-ground trampoline snakes in your pit. Click the link to learn everything about it.
As we already mentioned, the air flow is very important to make sure your in-ground trampoline is as bouncy as possible. There are two basic ways to do that:
For more details, check our how to vent an in ground trampoline guide.
Now that you know what an in-ground trampoline is and some of the advantages and disadvantages of them we can go into what it takes to installing an inground trampoline.
First before you start digging your hole you need to know what trampoline you are going to get. Can you put a normal trampoline in the ground? Most normal trampolines can be used in-ground, but getting one with a galvanized steel frame is much better as that prevents rusting. They make special kits design for in-ground use, or you can stick with top brands such as Skywalker, JumpSport, Zupapa, or Bazoongi. These brands are trusted and make high quality trampolines.
If you don't already have a trampoline or don't want an in-ground trampoline kit, we suggest the following low cost trampoline:
Now that you know what trampoline you are going to be using and the size it is you know the size of hole you need. Next is planing on where to put it in your yard. You don’t want to have to move it. You can draw a simple scale picture of your yard, and then figure out the best spot. Have fun coming up with a landscaping design. That is one of the perks of an in-ground trampoline is making it look like a part of your yard. Once you have everything planed you got to dig the hole. You want to make sure the hole is a foot wider than the frame and this doesn’t account for a retaining wall. You want it to be wider because to get a proper bounce you need air flow. No air flow means that the surface will feel like you are bouncing on hard ground. The depth of the trampoline pit has to be equal to the trampoline depth. If you want a better bounce and don't care much about any tripping hazard, make the pit just a slightly shallower.
Check our in-depth how to dig a hole for a trampoline pit guide for more information.
Also, in your design you need to figure out drainage. You don’t want standing water because it will rust the frame and also if you are bouncing and hitting water it will make a mess, and not be safe. You don’t want to jump on a wet trampoline. Also check our 14 tips for building an in-ground trampoline drainage system for more information.
You can dig the hole yourself by renting equipment or hire someone to do it for you. Digging the hole is one of the most costly parts.
Once the hole is dug, if you are handy you can build the retaining wall yourself and run the drainage pipes. If you aren’t handy, than you may want to hire a landscaping company. Doing it right once, and paying for it, is better than doing it wrong the first time and still end up having to pay for it. While they are building the wall you can spend the time assembling the trampoline. Once the trampoline is together and the hole is ready all you have to do is stick it in the hole, and put the finishing touches on.
Or keep it simple:
So how much does inground trampoline cost? That's not an easy question to answer. You can buy a budget above ground trampoline and dig the pit yourself or you can buy an expensive in-ground trampoline kit and hire someone to dig the hole and install it for you. But I would expect the following costs:
So is an in-ground trampoline right for you? Well if you are going to be living in the same place for a while, and want your trampoline to blend into the landscape then yes. Over all it is safer than an above ground trampoline, but it still does have some safety risk such as gaps between the retaining wall. The biggest barrier to an in-ground trampoline is the cost, but the more you can do yourself the less it will be. Also, since it is custom you will have something unique and you can design your in-ground trampoline yourself, so it is exactly how you want it.