Trampoline Mats – Bring Life Back to Your Trampoline
If your trampoline mat is showing signs of wear and tear, you can replace just the mat for 1/5 of the cost of buying a new trampoline. We have put together some information to help you determine if buying a replacement trampoline mat is the right choice for you.
Do I Need a Trampoline Replacement Mat?
Before purchasing a replacement trampoline mat, run through this quick checklist to make sure it is a good fit for your trampolines needs.
This is probably the most important element to inspect before considering a replacement mat. Before you jump the gun and buy a replacement mat, make sure the frame is in good shape. If your frame is showing any signs of weakness or is rusting out, you should consider reaching out to the manufacturer if it is under warranty. If the frame is in good condition, move on and inspect the other elements of the trampoline.
Holes in the Mat
First inspect the mat. If there are rips or tears in the surface, you may need a replacement. If the holes or tears are close to the center or close to the springs, you are putting the jumpers at risk of a more dangerous rip or tear while they are jumping (very bad). There are patch kits available, but with our experience this is just putting a small band aid on a bigger problem.
If the mat is very brittle from years of sun and snow exposure, the trampoline may lose some of its bounce. Not only does this limit the jumpers' bounce, but it poses a greater risk of tearing and causing potential injury. In this case we would recommend buying a replacement trampoline mat.
If you have decided that a replacement mat is the way to go, make sure to inspect the springs. Usually the springs and the mat reach their end around the same time. To save yourself the time and labor of installing the mat and springs at two separate times, just get new springs if they are also in bad shape and install them both at the same time.
If you have gone through the above points and determined that a replacement mat is your best option, you will need to measure your current mat and find the appropriate replacement for your trampoline.
Looking for a Replacement Trampoline Mat?
There are a few key measurements you must take to ensure the trampoline replacement mat will fit your frame and springs. The measurements below are for round trampoline replacement mats. If you have a rectangle or square trampoline, the same basics apply, except that rectangle trampolines will have two different dimensions for length and width. Always make sure the replacement you choose matches these measurements exactly.
Take your current mat's readings with the mat still installed on the trampoline frame. To measure the mat diameter, you should take two different readings, one from top to bottom and one from side to side. If the two measurements are not the same, you will need to identify any bending or twisting in the frame and see if it is repairable. To accurately measure the trampoline mat, take your reading from end of the mat hem to the other end. Do not include V-rings, hooks or loops in your measurements. Notate your measurement in inches and move on to the next items.
Number of Springs
This one is very easy to measure: just count the number of springs that go around the trampoline. Replacement trampoline mats come with a certain number of connection loops, so it is very important to make sure your count is perfect. This makes for a great time to assess the springs' health and determine if they need a replacement as well.
To get proper measurements of your trampoline's frame, you must measure across the center diameter from the outside edges of the frame. Make sure you take your readings for the outside edges of the frame, as measuring on the inside will give you incorrect measurements and potentially cause the replacement mat to not fit properly.
If you need to order replacement springs as well, you will need to get your measurements from a spring that is not connected to the trampoline. Remove one of the springs from the trampoline and measure it from hook end to hook end. If you only measure the coiled area you will get incorrect measurements and the springs will not fit.
Check out this quick video for a better understanding of the measurements listed above.
Trampoline Mat Replacement Options
We have listed a few of the most common and highest rated trampoline replacement mats below. We recommend looking for a replacement mat from the same manufacture of the frame, but this is not necessary, especially if the stock trampoline mat did not hold up to your liking.
The items listed below should point you in the right direction and asset you in getting a perfect fitting replacement mat installed on your trampoline in no time!
- Sunguard UV Protection
- Shape: Round
- 3 Year Warranty on V-Rings
- 5 Year Warranty on Jumping Mat
This trampoline replacement mat by SkyBound is one of the better aftermarket mats available. Even if your mat is not completely worn out you may want to "upgrade" to this mat, as it is made much better than most stock trampoline mats. These mats feature a unique UV protective coating called Sunguard, which is only available on SkyBound trampoline mats. These mats are available in a variety of sizes and V-ring count combinations including 8 foot, 12 foot, 14 foot, 13 foot square and 15 foot trampoline sizes. As for V-ring counts, there are options available to fit almost any trampoline. Some include 72 rings, 88 rings, 96 rings and 104 ring setups.
SkyBound trampoline replacement mats are backed by some pretty nice warranties. The V-rings and stitching is backed by a three year manufacture warranty and the jumping surface is backed by a solid five year warranty. Having a good warranty is huge with these replacement mats, because usually the frame will be in good shape but the mats wear out every couple years. You will also get a free spring tool to help you pull and attach the springs when you install the new mat. If you are looking for a high quality replacement mat that will last for years to come, pick up one of these mats and you will not be disappointed.
- Skywalker Brand
- Shape: Round
- Slip Resistant Jump Mat
- Fits 15' and 12' Trampolines
If you own a Skywalker 12' or 15' round trampoline, these mats will replace the stock mat that came with your trampoline. This is a good option if you loved your trampolines mat when you got it, but time and the weather has taken its toll. The cost of this trampoline mat is fairly cheap, costing less than $100 for the 15' version. Because this mat is manufactured by Skywalker you do not have to measure and hope that you ordered the right mat. If you own a Skywalker frame, it will definitely fit.
The overall feedback is positive for this jumping mat replacement and many people state that its like the first day that they had their trampoline after installing the replacement. As with any of these replacement mats, it does not hurt to measure and double check the specs to ensure you are buying a replacement that will fit your current frame. If you are having trouble finding the exact fit for your trampoline's frame, check with the manufacture to find the appropriate part number for replacement parts.
- SkyBound Brand
- Free Spring Tool
- Multiple Size and Shape Options
- 5 Year Warranty
Here is one of our favorite options for trampoline replacement mats. SkyBound makes some of the highest quality products in the trampoline industry and backs them by a warranty to protect your investment. This replacement mat is available in a multitude of shapes, sizes and V-ring configurations to fit almost any trampoline out there. SkyBound uses additional rows of stitching around the edges and V-rings to make this jumping mat one of the strongest available.
The V-rings used are made of higher quality steel and last longer than most of the competitors out there. The mat also features some anti-microbial and anti-bacterial coatings keeping germs to a minimum and your little jumpers safe from infection. This is a great feature to help in the hot summer months when there is sweat on the mat. To top this all off, the mat is backed by an amazing five year warranty. With the warranty and awesome features this is one of our top picks for replacement mats.
- Multiple Options for Size
- Shape: Round
- Low Cost
- Weight Limit 900 Pounds
This product is more generic than most of the other items that we reviewed, but has generally good feedback within the community. This product is available for 13, 14 and 15 foot round trampolines with a ton of different V-ring and spring size configurations. If you are looking for a mid-range trampoline replacement mat and are not trying to break the bank, this may be a good option for your needs.
We have seen some bad reviews online about this product and we want to make something very clear. If you purchase the incorrect size or ring configuration, you risk damaging or completely destroying your trampolines frame. Make sure you understand how to properly measure the mat, frame and springs before even considering buying any sort of replacement equipment for your trampoline. Overall this seems like a nice product but we have not tested this out ourselves.
- Low Cost
- UV and Water resistant
- Multiple configurations to fit most standard trampolines
- 8 Row Stitching
Up next is a nice budget trampoline replacement mat by Upper Bounce. These trampoline mats are constructed of some heavy duty polypropylene mesh material that has eight row stitching for extra protection from rips and overall durability. The jumping mat is UV, water and fade resistant to protect from the elements. There are multiple sizes and configurations available that will fit most standard round trampolines.
Some of the reviews we have seen about this product lead us to believe the individuals purchased the wrong size and damaged their frames. Always make sure you measure your current frame and springs properly before ordering a replacement. This is a good budget option for a cheap replacement trampoline mat, but in our experience it's better to get the higher rated product and not worry about replacement for a few years down the road.
We hope we have provided enough quality information for you to make an educated purchase and get your trampoline back up and running. If you have any questions or need additional help finding the right replacement mat for your trampoline, drop us a line and we would be more than happy to offer additional advice.