By Richard | August 12th, 2015
Trampolines are a great source of fun for young and old alike. There’s just something about them that can really make you smile and jump for joy (pun intended). But after years of use, some trampolines begin to lose some of their integrity and can start to become a hazard. And when you buy a brand new one, what is there to do with the old one? It should not be re-sold as it’s not as safe anymore, but it seems to be a waste by taking it to the tip.
There are actually quite a few things you can do with an old trampoline to repurpose it and give it new life. Here are our favourite projects you can do with your old trampoline.
Yes, you read right. Your old trampoline can be repurposed to become a greenhouse. The frame of your old trampoline may be perfect if it’s in good shape, as it can be used to form the framework of a complete greenhouse. All there is left to do is add on some plastic sheeting and a door frame, and you’re ready to start growing plants in your new greenhouse. Find the full process here.
Again, if your frame of the trampoline is in good condition, then it can definitely be used. If you’re looking for a way to edge a new vegetable garden, the frame can simply be turned upside down and used as a guide to build around and create a new patch. By adding in retainer bricks, you’ll have yourself a stunning new garden.
Perfect for if you have an oval trampoline, a garden arch can be used with the frame and decorated with willow or a growing vine. This DIY project is as simple as removing the frame of the trampoline from the other parts and cutting it to size to suit your garden. It can be placed in the ground for stability, which would be the easiest way to keep it in place.
If you have a small hobby farm, or would like to start one, chickens are probably your first point in creating this for you. Chickens are great animals to have as you can then have fresh eggs (if they are laying hens) and they can provide manure to help with your garden soil and fertilizing needs. To create a chicken coop, it’s easy to use the frame of your trampoline and enclose it with chicken wire. Don’t forget to include a nesting box for them to take shelter in.
If the trampoline is still in relatively good condition, you can use almost all of its parts to create a rocking hammock. All that needs to be done is to cut the frame to size (half size) and lay out the mat over the remaining frame. This is a great idea if there is only a minor issue with the trampoline.
Trampoline mat still in good condition? Why not create your own hard-wearing and durable shopping bags? These will be environmentally friendly and of course will be re-usable, so you can take these with you every time you go shopping. Cut the trampoline mat to size and sew it into a bag shape. Add on some handles using leftover materials from other projects, and you have yourself some very handy shopping bags.
If you want to add something a little different to your garden, you may consider using your old trampoline frame to create some garden art. Your results are really only limited by your imagination, but as you can see from the example below, it can be as simple as using the frame in its entirety and surrounding it with some wooden framing. When the frame begins to rust, it only adds to the rustic appeal of the art.
If you want to lay in your backyard but the sun is too troublesome, you may want to create a stunning sun shade. By using the frame of your trampoline as a guide, you can then stabilise it to stand freely and add a shade cloth to the top to create a new shade for you. If you’re really feeling adventurous, you can add a hammock to really take advantage of the shade you’ve created.
This is the ultimate project for your old trampoline. You can really customise this project to look and feel how you want. You can create an indoor version to hang in a spare room and create a reading room to unwind and relax; or you can make the bed to be weatherproof and hang it outside in the shade or sun if you’d like to sunbathe. The options really are endless, and you can decorate it however way you please. Creating a hanging day bed is rather simple and just requires the materials you desire and prefer, depending on whether it is for indoor or outdoor use, and a way to hang it from existing buildings. You can also create a frame specific for the day bed. Add pillows and soft sheeting to escape the daily grind and chill out on your old trampoline that has now become a brand new day bed.