Let’s face it, trampolines are awesome. Kids love them. Many adults love them. They’re a great way to get the kids away from their screens for a while and out doing something physical. Plus, today’s trampolines are pretty safe thanks to enclosure nets. But there’s still one safety factor that’s easy to overlook: the weight limit. Before purchasing a trampoline, it’s important that you know how much weight the trampoline of your choice can hold.
Weight limits for trampolines vary across sizes, styles, features, and shapes. Toddler trampolines (3-5ft) usually hold between 55-150 pounds. Trampolines for kids and teenagers (8-10ft) can hold between 175-375 pounds. And full size trampolines (12-15ft) can hold between 350-500 pounds.
Read on to discover all you need to know about trampoline weight limits so you can make the best decision possible for the safety of anyone who will enjoy the trampoline.
What Factors Influence a Trampoline’s Weight Limit?
Knowing which factors influence a trampoline’s weight limit can help you determine which trampoline to purchase. It can also help you determine if your kids are safe while playing on someone else’s trampoline, the specific weight limit of which you don’t know. You can look at the trampoline and estimate the weight limit by using the factors below.
Age Range and Size
When it comes to trampolines, age range and size go hand-in-hand. The larger the trampoline, the more suitable it is for bigger kids or adults (but also the harder it is to move). One obvious exception to this comes in the form of small workout trampolines that are specifically made for adults.
This makes sense when you consider that younger kids weigh less than older kids. So if you see a small trampoline that’s clearly made for one kid at a time, you can be confident that it has a low weight limit (usually 50 to 100-pounds).
Another major factor affecting a trampoline’s weight limit is the jumping mat, sometimes called the jumping pad. Most mats are made from woven polypropylene or nylon. You can look close at the mat and see the individual threads as they weave in and out of each other.
Those trampolines with high weight limits often employ jumping mats that have multiple thermal-locked layers of synthetic fabric. Since this is the part the people actually jump on, it’s important that it be strong yet flexible.
A trampoline’s springs are perhaps the most responsible for weight limits. The length and number of the springs both affect the weight limit. Longer springs, more flexible strings provide a bouncier surface but lower weight limits. Shorter springs generally provide less of a bounce but facilitate a higher weight limit.
The number of springs also affects the weight limit. The more springs there are, the higher the weight limit.
A trampoline’s shape can also affect the weight limit. Rectangular trampolines tend to have higher weight limits because their shape requires more support.
While a bounce on a round trampoline distributes the weight pretty evenly around the entire frame and the springs, a bounce on a rectangular trampoline puts more stress on the side nearest the jumper and relatively little stress on the other side. For this reason, rectangular trampolines are designed to hold more weight, which means they’re also more expensive.
To a lesser extent than the factors above, the brand/manufacturer also influences a trampoline’s weight limit. Not every trampoline maker uses the same materials and the same design for their trampolines. This means that two trampolines of the same size from different brands may have slightly different weight limits.
There could be dozens of little reasons for this that are only clear to the specific makers. Either way, it’s best to follow the weight recommendations put forth by the company.
Why Do Trampolines Have Weight Limits?
Trampolines have weight limits for two main reasons: safety and proper function. But these are not mutually exclusive. In fact, safety and proper function go together when it comes to trampolines.
Weight Limits for Safety
The weight limit on a trampoline is a basic safety parameter. Trampoline manufacturers test their trampolines extensively to make sure they’re safe and to determine the maximum weight limit for each model. Exceeding the weight limit can not only be dangerous but it can also cause the equipment to wear down quickly, which can shorten the lifespan of the trampoline.
Weight Limits for Proper Function
A trampoline’s weight limit also provides guidelines for proper function. The idea is to bounce around and have fun on the equipment. However, if there’s too much weight on the trampoline, the rebound required for ideal bouncing conditions will be hampered. To make the most out of a trampoline, it’s important to keep under the weight limit.
The Dangers of Exceeding a Trampoline’s Weight Limit
There are certain dangers to exceeding the weight limit of a trampoline. Physical harm can happen in a number of ways when the weight limit is maxed out:
- The mat can rip and dump those jumping on the ground underneath the trampoline.
- The mat can become stretched, causing those jumping to impact the ground underneath, even though the mat may stay intact.
- Springs can become stressed and, rarely, can snap loose.
- The frame can become damaged, bending inwards and folding the trampoline in half. This can cause injury and can ruin the trampoline.
Serious injury can happen if you overload a trampoline, so it’s best to avoid it at all costs!
Trampoline Sizes and Standard Weight Limits
To give you an overall idea of the weight limits of common trampoline sizes, I’ve put together a list. These are just estimates, so keep that in mind. If you want real examples, scroll down to the next section and look at the table provided there.
Weight Limits – Trampolines for Toddlers (3 to 5-Feet)
Trampolines for toddlers are inexpensive and most of them can fit easily in the house. They help the little ones develop motor skills and balance. Plus kids love them! The weight limits for these range between 55 pounds and 150 pounds, depending on size.
55-Pound Weight Capacity
150-Pound Weight Capacity
Weight Limits – Trampolines for Kids (8 to 10-Feet)
Trampolines mainly meant for kids will usually be in the 8 to 10-foot range. Most of the time, the weight capacity for these is between 150 and 250 pounds. However, there are certainly exceptions, as you’ll see below:
175-Pound Weight Capacity
375-Pound Weight Capacity
The Doufit trampoline is a bit of an outlier for most 10-foot trampolines. Since the weight limit is so high, there’s nothing stopping an adult from using this trampoline!
Weight Limits – Trampolines for Kids and Adults – (12 to 15-Feet)
These larger trampolines are ideal for lots of backyard fun. They can be used by multiple kids at once, or even adults, if the weight limit isn’t exceeded. These typically have weight limits between 350 and 500 pounds.
352-Pound Max Weight
330-Pound Max Weight
500-Pound Max Weight
Real Examples of Trampoline Weight Limits
|Brand||Frame Size||Shape||Max Weight|
|Little Tikes||3-Feet||Round||55 Pounds|
|Skywalker Trampolines||40-Inches||Round||100 Pounds|
|Jump Power||6-Feet||Rectangular||110 Pounds|
|Skywalker Trampolines||8-Feet||Round||175 Pounds|
|Upper Bounce||8-Feet by 14-Feet||Rectangular||500 Pounds|
|Outdoor Heights||9-Feet by 15-Feet||Rectangular||500 Pounds|
It’s important to get the right weight limit for your trampoline right off the bat. A trampoline with a lower weight limit may be good for your kids right now, but what happens as they get older and hit those growth spurts? You don’t want to have to purchase another trampoline just because the weight limit is too low.
That’s why it’s good to go for a trampoline with a higher weight limit if you foresee your kids (or yourself) using it for many years. This way you can stay safe and enjoy the trampoline without any worries about maxing out the weight limit!