How To Use a Trampoline as a sunken In Ground trampoline

A growing trend among homeowners is to sink their garden trampolines into the ground instead of having them above ground. Or buy a purpose built inground trampoline. There are several advantages to having a sunken trampoline, including its aesthetic appeal and the lack of a need for a safety enclosure. Moreover, the depth of the trampoline reduces the likelihood of injury in case of a fall. In-ground trampolines are also more convenient for young children as they can play around them without the risk of injury.

It is worth noting that in-ground trampolines typically cost more than standard garden trampolines. While the reasons for this are unclear, the two types are nearly identical except for the retaining wall that comes with an in-ground trampoline. However, the latter usually has less metal tubing, which should balance out the cost. It is also important to note that the cost of installation is not included in the price of an in-ground trampoline.

A typical above ground trampoline.
A purpose built inground trampoline.

To use an above ground trampoline as an in-ground one, there are two methods you can try. The method you choose will depend on the type of supports your trampoline has.

Typically, garden trampolines have three parts for their supports: a top rail with stubs, leg extensions, and leg bases, as shown in the image below.

Trampoline parts.

To create an in-ground trampoline, you can assemble the trampoline without using the leg extensions. Instead, you can slot the leg bases directly into the top rails with stubs, which will reduce the trampoline’s height to around 12in or 30cm.

Short trampoline.

If the trampoline you have does not allow you to remove the leg extensions or if they are built into the leg bases, then you will have to bury the trampoline completely to create an in-ground trampoline.

Normal trampoline
The above trampoline has been buried.

We have created a simple and easy-to-follow guide on how to build an in-ground trampoline from start to finish.