Why Do Trampolines Have Weight Limits?

Trampolines are a wonderful way to entertain guests and get exercise. From toddlers to adults, most people enjoy popping around on a bouncy surface, and jumping on a trampoline is sure to get everyone smiling and laughing.

If you’re planning on purchasing an outdoor trampoline, or you are wondering how weight plays a factor in the safeness of jumping at indoor trampoline parks, it is important to pay attention to the weight limits provided by the manufacturer, or the weights limits that are provided by the indoor trampoline park company.

Consumer Trampolines

Most outdoor trampolines have a surprisingly low weight limit. It also depends on the trampoline brand. Trampolines designed for kids typically set a 200 lb weight limit per jumper, while larger trampolines’ weight limits can range from 250-550 lbs. Some smaller trampolines, advertised as “Parent/Child,” post a weight limit of 150lbs, making it highly unlikely that a parent and a child could actually enjoy it together if the limit is being observed.

Reasons Why Trampolines Have Weight Limits

You may be wondering why trampolines have weight limits, but they are ultimately set in order to keep everyone safe. While a trampoline may not immediately collapse if the weight limit is exceeded, the wear that results from overloading with extra weight can cause the trampoline to gradually break down and eventually fail. Here are the main factors that manufacturers consider when setting weight limits:

The Trampoline Springs

Most trampoline springs are made of galvanized steel, which allows them to withstand harsh weather and support the majority of the weight and force that occurs when people jump. While these springs are durable, they do rust and break down eventually, and overstressing them can cause premature failure.

The Trampoline Mat

The mat is what provides jumpers with an amazing spring. Trampoline mats are made from flexible woven fabric, and they can only withstand a finite amount of stretching before the fabric begins to separate or tear.

When weight limits are set, manufacturers consider the force and weight of the jumper and the bend and give of the mat under that pressure. The heavier the jumper, and the higher the jump, the more the mat bends toward the ground. In order to keep jumpers safe and preserve the integrity of the mat, cautious weight limits are set.

The Trampoline Frame

Trampoline frames are made of steel and are great at bearing weight and handling impact, but they aren’t fail-proof. If weight limits are repeatedly exceeded, the frame and springs may spread apart farther than they are meant to be, and this could result in injury to jumpers. Additionally, the frame could bend and become unstable on the ground, which poses risks as well.

Rectangular trampolines like we have at Flying Squirrel can handle more weight regardless of the size of the trampoline due to only some of the springs being pulled when you land a jump. Whereas a round trampoline’s springs are all pulled due to its shape. 

Weight Limits On Trampolines At Cranberry Township Flying Squirrel

At Flying Squirrel Indoor Trampoline Park, the weight limit on our trampolines is 300lbs per jumper. We also regularly check our trampolines for wear and tear to ensure the safety of our jumpers. 

Inflatable Park Weight Limits

Our Indoor Inflatable Park has a weight limit of 200 lbs. While this is not exactly a trampoline, there is stress put upon it by jumping, so it is important to follow these weight guidelines for your safety, and the endurance of our jumping equipment.

If you’re looking for some great weekend exercise and entertainment that the entire family can enjoy together, come jump with us on Fridays and Saturdays from 6-10 p.m. for All You Can Jump. Pay only $15 per jumper for four hours of jumping fun in our safe, clean, and high-energy atmosphere! We can’t wait to see you!