Trampolines: In-ground versus Above Ground

All Super Tramp trampolines are designed as outdoor equipment and as such, can remain outside all year round. For many years now, the trampoline has become a staple feature in British homeowners’ gardens; providing children and adults alike with hours of fun, enjoyment, and exercise in disguise. The only drawback of the domestic trampoline is that it’s not always considered an attractive addition to the garden. One way of combating this is to sink it to ground level and therefore reduce its prominence. There are a number of advantages and disadvantages in doing this and we strongly recommend considering the pros and cons before committing to this venture. Please see our guide below.



Aesthetics – the trampoline is hidden from view meaning only the padding and bed is left visible. We incorporate our specially designed ‘garden green’ frame pads on almost all our trampolines allowing the trampoline to blend into the garden backdrop further.

Ease of access – with the trampoline positioned at ground level, there is no longer a requirement for a ladder with the trampoline now accessible to all.

Safety – the bed is at ground level meaning that in the unfortunate occurrence of a wayward bounce, the user has much less distance to fall. The need for a safety enclosure is significantly reduced with an in-ground trampoline.

Reduced garden maintenance – the need to move the trampoline in order to mow the lawn underneath is a thing of the past.

Environment – with the trampoline situated in-ground, it is almost impossible for the trampoline to fly away as a result of high winds and poor weather.



Cost – we strongly recommend that the sinking of a trampoline in-ground is done by a professional to ensure that proper drainage and retaining walls are installed. During this process a large volume of materials will have to be removed and disposed of, i.e. soil, turf, etc. 

Unauthorised access – at low level the trampoline is now accessible to every person, animal and vehicle in its vicinity, increasing the likelihood of damage to the trampoline if thorough preventative measures are not put in place.

Misuse – with the trampoline now more accessible, it is increasingly tempting to run, jump, sit and stand on the frame pads of the trampoline which can lead to premature damage. There is also a greater possibility of personal injury through misuse due to it now being much easier for children and pets to run on to the trampoline whilst it is in use.

Inflexibility – once the hole is dug and the trampoline sunken, it is a rather permanent fixture.

Loss of performance – as you bounce, the air is compressed in the pit below which can act as a dampener. We therefore recommend that steps are taken to ensure of proper ventilation, such as situating the frame around 6” above the ground to eliminate this effect. This is not a necessary requirement when sinking our performance models with 2-string beds (Super Wallaby, Super Kangaroo and Boomer).


If, having read this article and considering all the above, you are 100% committed to sinking your trampoline to ground level, we strongly recommend seeking the expertise of a professional in this field. Our friends at Sunken Trampolines are in a class of their own when it comes to sinking Super Tramp trampolines in-ground and would be able to talk you through this process in further detail.

It is worth noting that not every trampoline is suited to being sunken into the ground. As mentioned earlier on, a trampoline in the ground suffers from restricted air flow so it is really important that you opt for a model with a generous spring configuration for its size. For example, we offer two different spring configurations on our 12’ round models; there are the 72 x 7” spring models and our higher performing 80 x 8.5” model – The Signature. We would always recommend choosing the 80 x 8.5” model due to the improved performance it offers. The higher number of longer springs helps to counteract the effects of the restricted air flow, in turn, maintaining the performance so that you can enjoy more bounce! You can browse our range of suitable in-ground trampolines here.

For those of you who feel that your needs and requirements are more suited to an above ground trampoline, please take the time to consider our recommendations below to ensure that your trampoline lives a long and happy life in your garden. Our FAQ's are also a useful guide. 


1. Always ensure the trampoline is positioned on level ground with an unobstructed clearance of 2 metres surrounding it. This is to ensure of complete user health and safety, as well as ensuring that the structure of the trampoline remains sound. If the frame is positioned on uneven ground, this can put additional pressure on the joints which could have an adverse effect on the trampoline in the long-run.

2. If you live in a particularly windy area (i.e. hilly or coastal regions, etc.) and are going to be positioning your trampoline in an exposed area, we recommend purchasing a trampoline tie-down ground anchor kit. This specially designed kit works by fixing the trampoline into the ground using a sophisticated peg system which fixes to the frame, ensuring that the trampoline cannot separate from the legs in high winds and take off. Please note that this is only suitable for use on soft surfaces such as grass, bark, etc. 


The following points apply to both in-ground and above ground trampolines:


3. Conduct regular checks of your trampoline to ensure it is in full working order. We strongly recommend checking your trampoline regularly so that any possible damage is identified in the first instance and can be rectified before getting worse. Ideally you should be checking your trampoline before and after every use. Our trampolines are designed to live happily outdoors for many, many years, but frequent maintenance checks will benefit both you and the trampoline in the long-run and are recommended to ensure the trampoline remains in tip-top condition.

4. Any identified damage should be rectified immediately. If you do happen to come across any issues, we recommend addressing these straight away to ensure of complete safety of the trampoline’s users.

5. Consider purchasing a weather cover. Contrary to the common belief that these are only necessary in winter, a weather cover is actually a very effective protective tool all year round. Not only does it protect your trampoline from rain, ice and snow, but it also protects it from leaves (especially in Autumn!), algae and moss (if positioned underneath or close to trees/shrubs), as well as the harmful UV rays from the sun which can cause discolouration to the frame pads. A weather cover is also perfect at protecting your trampoline from debris such as hot ashes – this is especially effective during the bonfire/firework season!


Ultimately, garden trampolines are very versatile so they generally can be used both above ground and in-ground very happily. In the end, it is all about making the right decision for your family and your garden so that the trampoline you choose can be enjoyed for the long-term. If you still have questions or concerns and would like some friendly, knowledgeable advice, we recommend contacting us via email or telephone at [email protected] or 01884 675801.


Thank you for reading!