Ultimate Guide To Installing An In-Ground Trampoline In Your Backyard

Are you dreaming of turning your backyard into a bouncing paradise with an in-ground trampoline installation? Well, you’re in for a thrilling and gravity-defying adventure! 

In-ground trampolines have gained immense popularity in recent years, and it’s no wonder why. They offer a safer and more aesthetically pleasing alternative to traditional above-ground trampolines while providing hours of fun for kids and adults alike. 

But before you can start soaring through the air and perfecting your flips, there’s some groundwork to do – literally! 

In this guide, we’ll walk you through the essential steps to prepare your yard for an in-ground trampoline installation, ensuring that your jumping haven is safe and built to last. So, let’s dig deep and bounce high!

Child joyfully jumping on an in-ground trampoline installed by The Jump Shack.

Step-By-Step Guide To Planning Your In-Ground Trampoline Installation

Assessing your yard’s suitability for an in-ground trampoline is a crucial first step to ensure a safe and successful installation. Here’s a brief overview of how to assess your yard:

  • Measure space: Ensure enough room for the trampoline with proper clearance around it.
  • Check soil: Ensure the soil drains well to prevent water pooling in the pit.
  • Level ground: Ensure the selected area is flat and level.
  • Locate utilities: Confirm there are no underground utilities in the installation area.
  • Check regulations: Verify local regulations and obtain necessary permits.
  • Accessibility: Ensure easy access for installation and maintenance.
  • Sun exposure: Aim for a balanced mix of sunlight and shade. in-ground trampolines require a lot of care with these due to the extremely hot temperatures, especially in summer.
  • Surroundings: Keep a safe distance from walls, fences, and sharp objects.

With these factors, you can determine if your yard is suitable for an in-ground trampoline and address any necessary preparations or modifications.

Essentials You Must Have: Tools & Materials For In-Ground Trampoline Setup

Here’s a list of tools and materials typically required to install an in-ground trampoline:


  • Shovel or Excavator: For digging the trampoline pit.
  • Level: To ensure the ground is even and flat.
  • Measuring Tape: To measure and mark the installation area accurately.
  • Wheelbarrow or Garden Cart: For transporting soil and materials.
  • Rake: To level the soil and remove debris.
  • Tamping Tool: For compacting the soil in the pit.
  • Concrete Mixer (if using a concrete base): To mix and pour concrete.
  • Screwdrivers and Wrenches: For assembling the trampoline frame.
  • Safety Gear: Gloves, safety goggles, and appropriate footwear.


  • In-Ground Trampoline Kit: Including the trampoline frame, jumping mat, safety enclosure, and springs.
  • Safety Padding: To cover the frame and springs for added safety.
  • Concrete (optional): For creating a solid base in the trampoline pit.
  • Drainage Material (e.g., gravel or crushed rock): To ensure proper water drainage in the pit and avoid damage to the In-ground trampoline.
  • Landscape Fabric: To prevent weeds and vegetation growth under the trampoline.
  • Ground Anchor Kit (if needed): To secure the trampoline in windy conditions.
  • Gravel or Sand (for leveling): To achieve a flat surface in the pit.
  • Fasteners and Anchors (if required by the manufacturer): To secure the trampoline frame and safety enclosure.
  • Safety Tools: Trampoline ladder, safety net, or other safety accessories as per your preference.

Step-by-Step Guide To Yard Preparation

Here’s how you can prepare your yard for an in-ground trampoline installation:

Step 1: Mark the Installation Area

  • Measure and mark the exact location where you want to install the in-ground trampoline.
  • Use stakes or spray paint to outline the shape and dimensions of the trampoline pit. 

Step 2: Clear and Level

  • Clear vegetation and debris within the marked area.
  • Level the ground for the trampoline pit.

Step 3: Ensure Drainage

  • Add gravel or sand at the pit’s bottom for better drainage.
  • Install drainage if necessary.

Step 4: Dig the Pit

  • Dig a pit according to your trampoline’s specifications.

Step 5: Use Landscape Fabric

  • Lay landscape fabric to prevent weed growth and maintain cleanliness.

Step 6: Add Gravel/Sand

  • If needed, spread gravel or sand at the pit’s base for stability.

Step 7: Follow Manufacturer’s Instructions

  • Assemble and install the trampoline frame, springs, and safety features per the manufacturer’s guidelines.

Step 8: Secure and Test

  • Anchor the trampoline securely in the pit.
  • Ensure safety features are in place and functional.

Step 9: Regular Maintenance

  • Establish a maintenance routine to keep the trampoline safe and clean.

Discover Your Ideal In-Ground Trampoline At The Jump Shack

Remember, preparation is key. Before you start soaring through the air and perfecting your flips, make sure to follow these essential steps for yard preparation. It’s not just about having fun; it’s about safety and longevity.

And when it comes to in-ground trampolines and accessories, there’s no better place to explore than The Jump Shack. From top-quality trampolines to replacement parts and expert advice, we’ve got you covered.

Contact us now or visit our catalog for more info!


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