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Jumping Mat & Trampoline: Carrying Capacity, Maintenance, Size, Shape

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You now have the shape of your dream trampoline determines and looks at the available space that you have in your garden.

It is time for the final consideration and that is determining who exactly will use the trampoline.

How much weight a trampoline can support is probably one of the most important things to consider when buying a trampoline.

The carrying weight of a trampoline depends on the size of the jumping mat and vice versa. Exceeding the maximum carrying weight can cause the jumping surface to tear, which can cause accidents.

What is a jumping mat

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Different types of jumping mats

There are different types of jumping mats, including:

  1. Foam jumping mats: These are the most common types. They are made of foam and are soft and comfortable to stand on. They are usually inexpensive and easy to install.
  2. Rubber jumping mats: These jumping mats are firmer than the foam variants and are perfect for professional athletes. They are more expensive and more difficult to install, but offer more protection and stability.
  3. Trampolines: A trampoline consists of a metal frame that is covered with a piece of mesh fabric, made of sturdy materials such as nylon, polyester and cotton. The frame is connected to springs that push the trampoline up when pressure is applied.
  4. Air jumping mats (AirTracks): These jumping mats have an air cushion that dampens the flow of movement. They are more comfortable, but also more expensive and more difficult to install.

Carrying capacity of different jumping mats

The carrying capacity of each jumping mat can vary depending on the quality and material.

On average, latex jumping mats offer the most strength and rigidity, followed by PVC mats, while the least load-bearing capacity is provided by foam or fiber fillings.

Latex jumping mats can carry up to 300 kilos, PVC mats up to about 200 kilos and foam or fiber fillings up to about 150 kilos.

The carrying capacity of a trampoline depends on the type of trampoline.

Most home trampolines have a weight capacity of 200 kg or less.

However, there are also models with a higher load capacity, up to 300 kg, or even 500 kg for the more professional models.

It is important to check the weight limit of the trampoline before using it.

The carrying capacity of an airtrack mat also varies greatly depending on the model.

Some models can carry a weight of up to 500 kg, while other models can only support a weight of up to 50 kg.

It is therefore also important here to consult the manual of the airtrack mat to find out what carrying capacity the model has.

Legal regulations for trampolines and jumping mats

There has been since 2014 a European law who has determined that the maximum loadable weight for smaller trampolines is always 50 kg.

However, that is independent of what the smaller trampolines can carry or the quality of the trampoline.

You could possibly look at the manufacturer's test weight for small trampolines.

The legal limit was created to discourage unsafe use of smaller trampolines.

The carrying weight of larger trampolines is determined by the manufacturer, so it is important to check whether it has a quality mark!

It is also very important that the trampoline frame is placed on a smooth and horizontal surface.

The tension on the frame must be distributed evenly!

Size of the trampoline and the loadable weight

The load-bearing weight and the size of the trampoline therefore go hand in hand.

As we wrote before; for trampolines up to 250 cm in diameter, the maximum loadable weight is determined by European legislation; max. 50 kg. 

With trampolines from 250 cm in diameter, the maximum loadable weight is determined by the manufacturer, who has of course carried out the necessary tests.

There are trampolines of certain brands that can carry up to 500 kg!

Please note, because regularly not respecting the maximum load capacity of a trampoline can cause damage to or rapid wear of your trampoline.

Below you will find a table with average sizes and the carrying weight of the trampoline:

Most common Trampoline cross-sections and dimensions in cm.round shaperectangular/square shape

Loadable weight in kg.

up to 250x


max. 50 according to European law251x


from 70 (max. weight to be determined by the manufacturer itself) 253x


from 70305x


from 70366x


from 70427x


from 70430x


from 70

153 x 214 cm


xfrom 70

214 x 305


xfrom 70

214 x 366


xfrom 70

244 x 366


xfrom 70

244 x 396


xfrom 70

244 x 427


xfrom 70

Shape of the trampoline

The shape of the trampoline does make a difference, so you will have to choose the shape that suits you or your family best.

We can divide the shape of trampolines into two categories: rectangular or square and round shapes.

A rectangular or square trampoline does not take up as much space as a round one, which makes them more suitable for a small garden.

Pro jumpers more often opt for a non-round trampoline, because they have better control over their (sometimes complicated) jumps here.

Round trampolines are more suitable for children, because they offer more safety.

That is because they always jump to the center of the jumping mat.

The spring tension is the same everywhere and the weight to be absorbed is evenly distributed.

Maintenance and instructions for use of a trampoline

Jumping children and adults, but especially harsh weather conditions; a trampoline must be able to withstand a lot!

That is why it certainly needs proper maintenance and a few instructions for use, because you want it to last for as long as possible.

Below you will find a number of useful maintenance and user tips:

  • Always cover the trampoline with a cover if you cannot store it. You protect it against leaves, moss, rain and snow, because you don't want it to rust or become slippery.
  • Do not place toys or other items on the trampoline, because you do not want the jumping mat to sag or take on an odd shape. Also clear snow, as that can also become quite a weight.
  • Always use an anchor set to anchor a trampoline in the ground. This way it does not blow away and this also provides extra safety while jumping.
  • Placing the protective edge is always extremely important, because both the springs and the jumpers need protection.
  • Always jump with socks or bare feet, because you don't want to damage the jumping mat and make it unnecessarily dirty. Shoe soles are dirty, can be hard and can have stones underneath.

Airtrack jumping mats

Besides the trampoline, there is also another way to jump, do somersaults and show jumping skills.

It has been used for a long time in gymnastics clubs; the Airtrack!

Make no mistake! The airtrack is something completely different from the spring floor, a springy gymnastics floor of wooden modules with springs underneath and on top a layer of dynamic foam and a layer of felt with cover strips on top. 

Don't confuse the airtrack with a landing mat either; those are the canvas-covered training mats from the gym, which serve for a softer landing after a jump.

An airtrack is a flexible inflatable play mat or floor that you can place anywhere.

This mat has a Double Wall Fabric system and it contains thousands of thin wires that are connected to each other. 

This inflatable floor is available in different lengths and thicknesses.

You decide how you will fill this floor, for example you can choose a lower pressure to get a trampoline effect. 

You can of course also opt for a higher pressure, with which you make this mat stiffer and you can, for example, do gymnastics or give karate lessons on it. 

Using this mat improves your performance in the field of balance or strength exercises. All you have to do is give the mat the right pressure. 

You can easily deflate it and take it with you when folded to another place.

To make the mat ready for use again, unroll it and pump it up again within a few minutes. So you can use it right away, without much effort.

The advantages of an air track

The airtrack is a mat that combines the features of a trampoline, spring floor, landing mat and even a bouncy castle.

These are all the advantages of the airtrack:

  • Multifunctional: suitable for many sports and exercises, depending on the pressure
  • You can easily adjust the mat with just a push of a button
  • Easy to fold and transport in the car 
  • Flat and stable 
  • Safe
  • Get your balance back faster than on a trampoline
  • Sports with less impact on your joints
  • Low maintenance

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