May 15, 2015
It’s a Trampoline, But What’s in the Shape?
Skywalker Trampolines works hard to give you the perfect trampoline. For that reason, we specialize in 4 different shapes of trampolines, each with its own unique qualities. While any of our trampolines will provide an excellent jumping experience, the specific shapes and sizes lets us make you a trampoline that perfectly fits your family. The shape of a trampoline can affect the jumping area, bounce, and yard space used. Here’s the lowdown on our different trampoline shapes – the traditional round, the oval, the square, and the rectangle.
The Round Trampoline
The round trampoline is the most common shape on the market and is great for any user. As the springs, are equally placed around the frame, this shape creates a consistent bounce and naturally redirects the jumper back towards the middle of the trampoline regardless of where their take off was made. A benefit to this shape is that the entire frame absorbs the forces applied to it each time a person jumps.
The decreased amount of weight that is needed to create a sturdy frame results in a less expensive option for your family. Plus, they are light enough to be moved more easily around the yard if necessary. Skywalker Trampolines creates full sized round trampolines in 7 different sizes (7′, 8’, 10’, 12’, 14’, 15’, 16′,) to provide the perfect size for any family.
The Oval Trampoline
Oval trampolines tend to have a larger jumping surface than a round trampoline. Not only does the jumping area tend to be greater, but you also get an extra-long jumping surface from one side to the other. With the design similar to round trampolines, they also point the bouncer back to the center of trampoline mat.
As with any larger trampoline, the jumper will need to make more of an effort to get a bigger bounce. In order to make the oval shape, some of the main frame tubes have a slightly different shape. You will need to make sure to pay extra careful attention to the instructions on assembling the main frame tubes in the correct pattern, but once completed — let the jumping experience on the oval trampoline begin!
The Square Trampoline
Square trampolines, as all other trampolines, are measured from frame to frame. However, square trampolines boast a much longer corner to corner measurement than any other shape. In fact, square trampolines provide over 20% more jumping space on average than a round trampoline of equal size because you can utilize the corners of the jumping mat, nonexistent on a round or oval trampoline.
As most squares have a higher gauge of steel, they typically have a higher weight limit. A recent innovation by Skywalker Trampolines combines the structural stability of a round trampoline with the greater jumping surface of a square trampoline. By slightly rounding the corners of square trampolines, we provide the perfect trampoline for those looking for a large jumping space, great performance and stability, and an affordable cost. The square tends to provide more bounce than a typical round or oval trampoline but less than a typical rectangle trampoline which makes it perfect for all users. Also, the square shape makes yard placement easy with less wasted yard space.
The Rectangle Trampoline
Rectangle trampolines provide the best bounce of any trampoline shape and are preferred by those in gymnastics. Due to the shape of the rectangle, the springs work independently creating an evenly controlled takeoff and landing regardless of a jumper’s position on the trampoline mat. Skywalker Trampolines rectangles also boast an extra thick 12-gauge steel trampoline frame, providing a very sturdy bounce. With the longer side to side jumping surface and strategically placed springs, the Skywalker Trampolines rectangle provides added bounce and fun!
To view our assortment of different shapes and sizes, visit our website here.