When I was around 12 years old, my friend Jack had a trampoline in his backyard. We would jump on it for hours. We couldn’t separate from the trampoline. It was as if the trampoline was a part of our life.
Jack asked his mom if we could use some blankets and sleep on it for the night. Sleeping on the trampoline bed was an awesome experience, but it was cold!
Today, there is a new trend among trampoline owners: A trampoline tent and bed. It’s a tent designed to integrate with your trampoline. It’s now possible for you and your kids to have a camping experience straight from your backyard.
Buying a tent for trampoline
The good news is there are trampoline brands that make trampoline tents. Let’s take a look at a few that make it easy for you to get that trampoline clubhouse.
1- JumpSport BigTop Trampoline Tent
If you own a round JumpSport trampoline, you have the option of adding this tent extension. The tent is meant for JumpSport trampolines that are over 12 feet in diameter.
If your children love to camp outside but you don’t want them going into the woods then this is perfect for you. Children love to have their friends sleep over and now they can sleep outside in their trampoline tent on those warm summer days!
- Plenty of room.
- Keeps out outdoor elements.
- Easy to setup.
- Will not work on other trampoline brands
Is It Right For You?
Unfortunately, this tent will not work with other brands. That’s because the tent hooks on the safety enclosure net. The tent only works on the JumpSport brand.
Just like the DIY hanging tent, you do have the option of creating this yourself; it depends on how crafty you are.
Propel Trampoline Club House, Multicolor, 15′
This trampoline tent works with both propel trampolines and kinetic trampolines. This model of tent is 15ft which can fit most trampolines by hooking onto the poles. This brand also makes other sizes in trampoline tents.
It comes with screened windows and a zipper door to keep bugs and animals out. The walls are water resistant but the top will let water in when it rains. Super easy assembly all you have to do to hook it on and wrap it to the other side.
- Kids love it!
- Keeps heat of the trampoline on hot days.
- Easy assembly with instructions.
- Rain water will come in the trampoline.
- If something lands on the top like a tree branch the roof will rip.
Is It Right For You?
Trampoline tents are a good buy for many different reasons and this company has been making trampoline and trampoline accessories for years. Some reviewers have issues with this tent because rain does come in through the ceiling. So if you live somewhere where it rains a lot you might want to rethink this tent.
3- Propel Trampoline Club House Cover, 12-Feet
Another great product from propel! This trampoline tent comes in the size of 12ft! Now remember everything we said above about the 15ft tent still applies to this 12 ft one.
A great thing about propel’s tents is that most of the time it will fit on any trampoline you have as long as it is the same size as the tent it should most likely fit. Of course the propel trampoline is the best fit for the tent.
- Fits to size.
- Easy assembly.
- Fun for whole family.
- Easily torn by outside elements.
- Rain water comes in through the roof.
Is It Right For You?
This is a good trampoline tent with of course some issues but its super easy to take down so if its storming I suggest quickly taking down the tent so it doesn’t get ruined.
Is a trampoline tent and bed a DIY project?
The beauty of the trampoline tent and bed concept is that is can be implemented two ways:
- Buy special trampoline tent accessories
- DIY – Do It Yourself
DIY – Trampoline Bed
Are you ready to build an awesome trampoline bed that your family will love? If you love a new backyard project, then this will be right up your alley.
The first thing to note is that you will not be using the frame of your trampoline. The trampoline will be hanging like a hammock.
We recommend that you refer to your trampoline’s instruction manual. It’s also a good idea to call your trampoline’s customer service if you get stuck along the way.
Once the frame is removed, the next step is to find at least three supporting beams (see image). They will come together like a Native American tent. Once the supporting beams are secured, you will need to get some strong rope.
The toughest part will be attaching the rope to multiple points on your trampoline’s outer frame. This will require at least two people; the hardest part is making sure the trampoline is level. It’s easy to have a trampoline that gets tilted.
At this point, you should have a stable trampoline that is hanging, much like a hammock. Now, it’s time to provide shelter and decorate the new trampoline tent.
You can get as creative as you like during this process. The most important factor is that you new tent will be able to cover and keep you warm. Extra points for those that make their trampoline look special.