How to Set Up a Bungee Trampoline

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Popular at fairs, festivals and other recreational events, bungee trampolines are used for entertainment or for profit. A bungee trampoline participant is strapped into a harness that fits under the legs and around the waist. A participant holds onto straps with her hands or she turns the straps loose to do flips in the air. Trampoline jumping with bungees allows jumpers to propel more than 20 feet into the air. Setting up a mini bungee trampoline requires an area approximately 23-feet square. A bungee trampoline takes two people approximately one and a half hours to set up.

Step 1

Attach bungee cords to aluminum poles according to manufacturer's instructions. There are many different types of bungee setups, so carefully follow instructions that come with the equipment.

Step 2

Erect aluminum poles at 45-degree angles to the ground, with the poles pointing away from each other. If the poles were hands on a clock, one pole would point halfway between 10 and 11 and the other pole would point halfway between 1 and 2. The base of the poles are approximately three to four feet apart.

Step 3

Connect a harness to the bungee cords. Harnesses are typically available in sizes small, medium and large. Consider the age and size of the intended jumpers and use a harness of the appropriate size. Follow manufacturer's instructions to ensure safety in harness selection.

Step 4

Place a bungee-style trampoline beneath the bungee cord drop. Bungee trampolines typically have soft edges rather than a hard frame like a traditional trampoline.

Step 5

Connect electrical hookups and timers, if you plan to use timers.

Step 6

Blow up the trampoline with an air compressor. Fill according to manufacturer's instructions.


  • Follow manufacturer's instructions carefully for safety and to avoid injury.


  • Some bungee trampoline setups provide for several bungees to operate at one time in a limited amount of space by setting up all poles in the center of a cluster of trampolines.


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