How to secure or anchor a trampoline

Even trampolines with very heavy frames are at risk of taking off in high winds.

If your trampoline will be exposed to wind, it’s important that you secure or anchor it properly.

Below, we cover the most common methods along with their pros and cons.

Why secure a trampoline?

Trampolines are notorious for flying or being thrown into the air during high winds.

If there’s no secure anchor point, in the right conditions, your trampoline can act as a sail, sending it metres into the air.

In addition to destroying your trampoline, this could cause serious injury or damage to property.

Auger-style ground anchors (recommended)

Ground anchors are the most effective way to anchor a trampoline. They come in two common designs:

  1. Auger: Twist/screw into the soil
  2. Stake: Driven into the soil with a mallet

The ground anchors are attached to the frame using a heavy-duty strap and a ratchet to tighten.

With this anchoring method, the ground anchor is secured to the frame, not the legs, which means it’s more likely to hold firmly in place during high winds or extreme weather events.

How to install trampoline auger-style ground anchors

  1. Purchase a trampoline wind anchor kit
  2. Measure out where the stake or auger needs to go
  3. Drive or screw the stake or auger into the ground
  4. Wrap the strap around the trampoline frame
  5. Install the ratchet and attach it to the ground stake then tighten
  6. Repeat this process for all anchor points

U-shaped wind stakes

U-shaped wind stakes are a popular low-cost way to secure a trampoline.

While they generally aren’t as effective as ground stakes, they are definitely better than nothing.

Wind stakes can be installed by just one person and the installation process is simple.

It’s important to note that certain types of trampolines are not suitable for securing with this type of wind stake.

Trampolines, where the upper frame is secured into the legs using gravity only, should be secured from the frame, not the legs.

Sand bags or sleepers

Some people place sand bags or sleeper logs over the legs of a trampoline to secure it.

These methods may be effective in an emergency (e.g. incoming storm) but are not recommended as a long-term solution.

How much wind does it take to flip a trampoline?

The answer to this question depends on the size and weight of the trampoline, how high off the ground it is, where it is located, the wind direction, and other factors.

In some cases, a single strong enough gust can blow a trampoline away entirely. It’s not uncommon for trampolines to travel significant distances in high wind, causing property damage and injury.

While light-weight trampolines are more at risk of moving in the wind, a heavy frame is no insurance against high wind.

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What to do if you expect high winds

If you expect to experience high winds, there are a few things you can do to better secure your trampoline.

  • If you can, dismantle the trampoline or move it to an area out of the wind e.g. inside a garage.
  • Take down the safety net as it can act like a sail and cause the trampoline to become airborne.
  • Try adding extra anchoring (such as sand bags) at key points on the legs of your trampoline. This will help stabilise it in strong gusts of wind.
  • Ensure that your frame itself is anchored into the ground as this is the strongest point on any trampoline.

Can you put a lock on a trampoline?

You can lock the trampoline frame to a tree or other immovable object using a chain along with a padlock or bike lock.

While this will help protect it from being stolen, it can also damage the frame.

Also, this equipment might cause injury if someone steps on it or gets caught in it while using the trampoline.