Most of us are familiar with trampolines as a fun addition to your back yard, designed for bouncing on. Nowadays, many people even use rebounder training as a way of keeping fit and healthy. However, did you know that some people actually use them as trampoline beds? No, really! Although you wouldn't sleep on one night after night, big trampoline beds are a really fun way to enjoy camping with your family in your own back yard. There are several variants such as trampoline swings. Also, you can even learn how to make a repurposed trampoline hammock yourself. Whether you want a hanging option or to get an add-on to your existing trampoline, there are lots of choices available to you. So, would a trampoline bed be a fun addition to your garden? Read on for our handy guide!
In essence, any trampoline big enough to fit a person on lying down can be a trampoline bed. However, as you can imagine, sleeping on a trampoline can be pretty chilly. Therefore, trampoline beds usually include some kind of tent to keep out the wind and rain. Also, this provides the extra warmth you need to be able to sleep on the bed overnight. Many trampoline manufacturers are savvy to this new trend and sell tents or 'clubhouses' that can be fitted to your specific trampoline.
If you already have a trampoline, check out Amazon to see if your model has a specific tent accessory that can be integrated into your trampoline. However, if you haven't purchased your trampoline yet but want to be able to sleep on it, check before you buy to make sure that there are tents or clubhouses available for the model you want.
On the other hand, if you have a trampoline from a company that doesn't sell these add-ons, don't worry. Or, you may not want to splash out on a specially-built model as they can be pricey. It's still perfectly possible to make a DIY option so that your family can enjoy camping out on your trampoline. We'll explain the steps required later in the article.
These trampoline beds mean that you or your kids can use them to lounge around on or have outdoor sleepovers. However, remember that the weight limit of your trampoline will still apply, even if you're not actually bouncing on it!
However, another option is a hanging trampoline bed. These can be great fun and can look very attractive, although they are a DIY option. You will need to have an existing trampoline that you don't mind repurposing. Also, bear in mind that a hanging trampoline bed will no longer be suitable for jumping on.
As trampolines have a lot of 'give', they will be more comfortable than just sleeping on the ground. However, if you want to get a good night's sleep, there are things you can do to make your trampoline bed as comfy as possible. Try adding a mattress topper to the jumping mat and including plenty of cosy blankets, pillows and quilts. Not only will this make your trampoline comfier to sleep on, but it will also help to keep you warm. Even in hot weather, it can still feel pretty chilly at night.
Pretty much any trampoline that's designed for jumping can also be used for sleeping, as long as it is big enough. Of course, a rebounder will not work as a trampoline bed. However, please remember to remove any tent or canopy used for sleeping before jumping on your trampoline. You need to have clear space above your trampoline before you bounce, or it can be dangerous. Also, jumping up and hitting the tent can damage it, which is a particular problem id you have invested in an expensive model. Remember to remind your kids that there should be no big bounces while they are using it as a bed.
However, if you opt for one of the hanging options like we mention below, these are not suitable for jumping on.
Of course, you'll want to discourage your kids from bouncing on a regular bed, as it can damage both the mattress and the bed frame. We also don't recommend using a trampoline as a bed long-term. That's because you need adequate support for your joints and spine during sleep, which a trampoline won't provide. However, it's perfectly fine to sleep on a trampoline every now and then, as long as you don't have any painful joint conditions.
Of course, setting up a trampoline bed in a bedroom is not as straightforward as in your yard, unless the room is extremely large. However, some parents may be keen to set one up in their kid's bedroom for sleepovers. That's because most parents would not want young children sleeping outside with their friends on a trampoline without constant supervision.
The main issue with setting up a trampoline bed in a bedroom is space. However, some of the oval 2-person play trampolines would fit in most bedrooms and could be used as a bed for sleepovers by small children. The good thing about this option is you don't need to worry about waterproofing or keeping the bed warn enough. Hanging sheets or blankets over your trampoline to make a canopy and adding bedding are all that's required. This gives your kids the experience of camping on a trampoline without any of the risk.
Some people have even repurposed old trampolines as permanent bed frames, for a quirky addition to bedroom decor.
Kids love camping out, and sleeping on a trampoline makes it even more fun. Even if they're not going to sleep on it overnight, a trampoline bed can make a great clubhouse for make-believe play, or for older children to hang out in. If you're going to let your kids sleep on it overnight, however, there are a few things to bear in mind:
Believe it or not, a trampoline bed can be a great option for our furry friends. However, a trampoline bed makes a good bed for a dog for different reasons. You can actually purchase 'trampoline beds' for dogs in many bricks-and-mortar and online pet stores. These are, of course, not really designed to be used as a trampoline by your pets. They get their name due to the fact they are suspended on a frame much like a trampoline. However, a pet bed would be a great way to repurpose a rebounder that you are no longer using. Here are a few benefits of trampoline beds for dogs:
Making your own trampoline bed is a great option for those who can't find a canopy to fit their existing trampoline, or who don't want to shell out on an expensive cover. You will, however, need a bit of DIY know-how to pull off this project.
The easiest way to do this if you only want a temporary bed for your kids to use if to use a waterproof cover like a tarpaulin at use it to cover your trampoline using the enclosure poles. Of course, you will then need to make your bed comfy using bedding.
Another great option is to make a hanging trampoline bed. However, remember that these types of bed are not suitable for bouncing of any kind.
To create a hanging trampoline bed, there are several steps you'll need to take.
If this sounds like an awful lot of work, you can buy hanging camping beds online that are much more expensive but require no DIY skills.
If you are short on space or don't have a full-size trampoline that you want to put to a different use, then you can follow the steps above using a rebounder that you are no longer using. While this will be too small to sleep on, it can make a great swing, chair or somewhere for kids to hang out. Bear in mind that the result will have a lower weight limit.
As we mentioned above, a simple option is to purchase a tent, canopy or 'clubhouse' specially designed to integrate with your existing trampoline. You can often track these down on Amazon or via your manufacturer's website. Please remember you will need to find one designed to fit your model. Also, if you want to save a bit of money, it may be worth keeping an eye on second-hand sites.
This all depends on the size, brand and model of your trampoline. However, most types of trampoline tent or 'clubhouse' retail at around $100 or less.
If you're going for a DIY option, then it will probably work out a little cheaper. The materials required such as strong ropes, hooks and a waterproof layer such as a tarpaulin are all reasonably cheap to buy. You may even have some of the materials you need hanging around in your shed already. However, if you are planning on installing a special frame or beam to hang a trampoline hammock from, this can push the cost considerably higher.
As you can see, trampoline beds or a trampoline swing can be a great addition to your back yard or even to a bedroom. There are lots of options available, and which you choose depends on how much space you have available and how hot your DIY skills are. Also, you must take into consideration whether you want to completely repurpose your trampoline, and whether you still want to be able to bounce on it. If your DIY abilities are up to scratch, you can even follow the steps in our article to create your own repurposed trampoline hammock. In the end, sleeping on big trampoline beds is great fun for kids, and can provide the perfect place to hang out and let their imaginations run wild.