Trampoline tents have become quite popular these days for its added value. It can be really confusing about getting a good one. There are so many out there and if care is not taken you could buy the wrong stuff you’ll end up regretting.
You will notice that there are trampoline tents and covers. They are similar but not the same. In some cases, people interchange the name but they are basically different.
The trampoline cover is primarily for the protection of the trampoline set-up, the trampoline tent is utilized as a camping-style tent that protects people inside it from the sun, rain, etc. It is a tent enclosure that you can cover your trampoline with.
Now that we know the differences between a trampoline tent and a trampoline cover, let’s look at ways we can effectively employ a trampoline tent.
Purpose of a Trampoline Tent
There are good reasons why people buy trampoline tents and you should also buy one when you can for a great trampolining experience for the family.
The tents generally protect people inside it from draughts and other harsh weather elements. And minimizes falls from the trampoline.
- Playground for kids
With your trampoline tent, you can provide fun for the kids even on wet or sunny days. It also prevents falls from the trampoline as it keeps your children inside the tent.
Because it gives you some sort of covering, it keeps you away from prying eyes while you are out camping, napping or taking a leap on the trampoline.
You can transform your trampoline into a trampoline bed by adding a few fluffy materials so you can sleep on it while out of your house. It comes in handy when you want an outside sleepover.
Tips for Choosing the Best
Here are important tips you should employ to get the best tent for your trampoline.
- The Size of Your Trampoline
The size of your trampoline will determine the size of the tent you will be buying. So find out if your trampoline is 12ft, 14ft or 15ft, etc, so you can get a matching tent. The other thing that determines size is the purpose or use. Are you going to be using it as a roof style tent or camping style tent? This will go a long way in determining the size of the tent in terms of height.
- The Cost Factor
The cost factor is dependent on the size and quality of the trampoline tent. For instance, the 12 inches propel trampoline tent goes for about 80 dollars and above on Amazon, while the large 15 inches starts from 100 dollars and above depending on the store. These prices are not absolute; they are just rough guides for you to have an estimate. It’s always advisable to get the best. Don’t go for cheap ones. You’ll end up spending more than necessary. Don’t be penny wise pound foolish.
- The Quality of the Trampoline Tent
You also have to consider the overall quality of the tent. The material of make, whether or not it possesses screens and zippered doors, number of openings, whether or not it can keep out UV rays, how heavy or light it is, its resistance to sag under rainfall. All of these defines the quality of the tent.
Get the color that your kids will love. A color that speaks class and prestige. These tents come in various colors you can choose from. You may need the help of your kids to choose their favorite color.
- UV Protection
A trampoline tent with good UV protection. The tent will be exposed to the sun which could lead it to quickly fade. The beautiful color it came with will disappear and the tent will look really bad. A trampoline tent with good UV protection will keep the sun’s UV rays at bay. It will give the tent decent protection.
- Windows and Screens
The tent is not a dungeon. And should not be. A good tent will give you some room for visibility and ventilation. You should be able to see clearly what’s going on outside and also breath fresh air while in the tent.
- Trampoline Shape
This is obvious. You can’t use a round tent for a square trampoline and vice versa. Know the shape of your trampoline and get the same shape and size for it.
- Height of the Trampoline
After determining size don’t forget the height as well. A 6ft high trampoline tent is the ideal height. This height will give them some headroom to enjoy themselves in the tent.
Things to Look Out For in a Quality Trampoline Tent
A good trampoline tent will have the following characteristics:
- Easy to assemble and disassemble
Trampoline tents are supposed to be easy to assemble and disassemble because they are used regularly for several outdoor activities. Today it could be used at the front yard, tomorrow it is needed for a little family picnic getaway somewhere around the neighborhood. This is why you should insist on tents that you can assemble and dismantle without stress.
- It should be Waterproof
One of the primary objectives of a trampoline tent is for keeping the rain out. This is why you should insist on trampoline tents that are made with water-proof material.
- Made of material that can keep out Ultraviolet rays
Like I said earlier, your tent must have decent protection from the sun’s rays. One of such materials that helps is polypropylene, it has the ability to keep out UV rays. This is important because the sun won’t stop the kids from wanting a time out with the trampoline. There has to be something that protects them from these harmful rays from the sun.
- Lightweight Design
Lightness is a desirable attribute in a trampoline tent because it is supposed to be mobile in order to allow for more versatile usage.
- Screened Windows and Doors
Some trampoline tents come with screened windows and doors which can keep out rays. This is highly desirable too. And what you should go for.
- Roofs do not sag Under the Rain
Surely, the trampoline tent will encounter rainfall at some point. The question is how well will it fare in the rain? Can it channel the water to the sides or accumulate it at the top? Accumulation at the top means that you will have it dismantle it and get rid of the water as failure to do so might lead to an early wear and tear.
There are reported cases of winds tearing trampoline tents to shreds. You have to insist on trampoline tents with a sturdy feel especially if you live in areas where wind velocity is high.
Now, you can confidently shop for a befitting trampoline online or offline.
Terkura Vincent is a Trampoline Safety Advocate and CEO of Casdale Trampoline Safety Centre. Our passion is to see families enjoy trampoline with utmost safety. You can help us do this by sharing the articles with other families that use trampoline.
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