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6 Creative ways to Up-cycle or Repurpose an Old Trampoline

1. Build a Greenhouse

A quick Pintrest or Google image search turns up several greenhouse designs using old trampolines as the frame. These greenhouses can use  half the hoop frame as supports, or the frame can be quartered and the greenhouse can sit against the side of the house.

Most designs can be built with just a few items. Many use plastic Poly sheeting, also known as 6 mil (or 6 mm) Poly film. Be sure to get a film that is thick enough for this application so it won’t tear.

Designs usually call for screws and wood to create the door and window and secure the frame. If you use the two halves to build a tunnel style greenhouse you will not need to cut the steel as most trampolines come apart in the middle.

You will need a drill for inserting screws and a saw for cutting wood.

Be sure to have a plan for securing the greenhouse to the ground if you live in a windy area, greenhouses have been known to turn into kites in bad weather.

This project will take a little elbow grease, but looks like a very rewarding task, and a smart way to use an old trampoline.

2. Chicken Coop

The thing I love about using the trampoline as a chicken coop is how versatile the designs are. Some folks kept the project simple and left the trampoline standing and simply surrounded the frame and over the top with chicken wire.

The trampoline top is replaced with chicken wire and the chickens simply live under the trampoline frame. Some designs do not call for removing the trampoline top – that makes this project even easier.

Other designs are more robust. This design calls for using the two halves of the trampoline frame and standing them upright, forming a tunnel, then covering the space between the two hoops with corrugated aluminum or corrugated metal roofing.

They also incorporated the trampoline legs into the design and used them to build the chicken run. A very resourceful idea that keeps an unwanted trampoline out of the landfill and productive again.

3. Construct a Hammock Stand or Two

This hammock forum had a great idea for a hammock stand. They used the frame from an old trampoline and created TWO hammock stands. This is a great backyard hammock stand and it was made without drilling or welding, just using ratchet straps.

Don’t have two hammocks? Or any hammocks?

That’s OK, our friend and fellow solo traveler at the Independent Wolf blog has reviews on the best camping hammocks for solo travelers to help you choose the right one.

Use your trampoline frame hammock stand to practice sleeping outside in your hammock from the comfort of your backyard.

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4. Makeover/Refurbish the Trampoline

Maybe you want to use your old trampoline as a trampoline. If your trusty tramp needs a good re-vamp here are some refurbishing ideas.

  • Pool Noodle Spring Covers If the springs of your trampoline are exposed and/or rusty because the spring cover has deteriorated you can make sheathes out of pool noodles. Be sure to measure the spring radius and get a pool noodle with a core bog enough to accommodate the spring. Use your noodle: Measure the spring and distance between springs to make sure the noodle will fir your trampoline.
  • Replace the bounce surface.  If the frame is in great shape but the bounce surface is irreparable, you can refurbish the top by installing a replacement top. Be sure to measure carefully or get the trampoline specs first, as sizes vary between different models. The cost of replacing and shipping the top is a fraction of the cost of buying and shipping a new trampoline. Plus it’s a good way to conserve resources.
  • Repair holes. If the surface is good, but there is a small hole or two, pick up a trampoline repair kit and glue on a long lasting patch that extends the life of your trampoline.
  • Replace the springs. Is your trampoline missing springs? Rusted from seeing too many rainy seasons? You can ‘spring’ for some replacement springs which are usually pretty inexpensive compared to the cost of a new bounce rig.

5. Hanging Swing Bed/Hangout

Use that trampoline to create a relaxing, luxurious, and comfortable Swing bed or hangout pad. This video below shows you how.

Remove the legs from the trampoline to create the surface of the swing. The tools and items needed to build the swing bed are:

  • a jigsaw
  • Fleece fabric, cut in strips 4-6 inches wide
  • Sash cord or thick gauge rope to secure the fleece to the trampoline frame
  • Insulation Foam cut in sections to cover the trampoline bed
  • A Large blanket or comforter to cover the foam layer
  • 12 mm Rope
  • 8mm Quick Link
  • Heavy duty chain

These look very comfortable and make a great alternative to a traditional backyard hammock. With the proper tools, materials and location to hang this bed, it looks like a rewarding weekend project.

6. Dog Bed (Mini Trampoline)

Use an old mini trampoline as a dog bed! This is such a great idea, especially for an older dog, or one with arthritis and/or hip problems. The surface of the mini trampoline will provide low impact areas and help older dogs sleep comfortably.

The trampoline surface is low, so older dogs can climb up. The fabric is breathable and easy to clean, and will keep your dog cool, comfortable and off the ground. The frame is chew proof.

You can cover the surface with your dogs favorite blanket, a commercially available dog bed or large round dog bed mattress.

The top of a mini trampoline can easily be replaced using a mini trampoline replacement mat, so if it has holes, or the dog wears the top out, it’s easy to fix.