If you have a hole in your trampoline netting it may be possible to fix it affordably. Trampoline net repair is easier than you think? It can appear to be very costly, but I figured out how to repair a trampoline net easily and cheaply!
HOW DID I GET A HOLE IN MY TRAMPOLINE SAFETY ENCLOSURE NETTING?
There are lots of ways a hole can form in the trampoline safety enclosure netting.
Normal wear and tear and age can be all it takes for a hole to form. Maybe someone jumping catches a zipper or jewelry in the netting.
Our situation was due to weather.
We had a much-loved trampoline with a safety enclosure. At one point a large limb fell on the trampoline during a storm. The branch made a small hole in the netting close to the top of the enclosure.
I was really irritated about this because we hadn't had the trampoline very long and we all know what happens to a small hole….it eventually becomes a BIG HOLE!
Over time our small hole because a HUGE hole! The hole had grown some and then somehow my daughter's elbow caught the hole and it ripped into a huge gaping hole that created a real safety issue.
I knew if I wanted to replace the enclosure safety net it was going to be a minimum of $50 and up. I really didn't want to spend that much money on our old trampoline.
TRAMPOLINE NET REPAIR MADE EASY
I decided to try fixing it myself and it turned out to be a pretty good trampoline net repair! Fixing the hole in my trampoline net at home saved me money!
Although I am not a seamstress I decided to see if I could just sew the big hole closed. I already had a spool of heavy-duty upholstery thread and that is what I used. There was tan upholstery thread in my sewing box and I just used that even though black would have made the seam much less noticeable.
I used a large upholstery needle to do the “sewing” and it worked really well. The hardest part was knotting the thread onto the netting to start off with. Because it is netting….as in…holes…lots of tiny holes…it is a little different from just knotting your thread like you are sewing on fabric.
Once I got my thread knotted onto the netting I just zigzagged back and forth about every 1/2 inch all the way up the hole. The thread was kind of loose, but very easy to tighten up as you go. Then I knotted it off again at the top.
HOW LONG WILL THIS NET REPAIR LAST?
I am not sure how long this solution will last, but the kids have jumped on it for many months since the trampoline net repair and it is still holding. The upholstery thread is pretty tough stuff. If it starts to come undone I will sew it again with fishing line because that may be even sturdier.
I did tell my kids to try and not purposefully jump into that area of the netting. I am hoping this trampoline safety enclosure net repair will last a long time and it will be easy to redo if it starts to come loose. It only took me about 20 minutes total to fix this HUGE hole in the net!
HAS YOUR TRAMPOLINE SAFETY ENCLOSURE NET TORN?
Have you had issues with the netting tearing or getting holes in it? I do feel like things aren't made as well as they used to be. It seems like something is always breaking!
*UPDATE: The repair lasted well over a year until we moved and sold the trampoline! 🙂
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Amanda @TheMommyMix says
Wow, what a easy and cheap way to fix the trampoline. We don’t have one because we still ive in an apartment but eventually when we get a house hopefully our yard is big enough for one.
Thanks for stopping by Amanda!
Good Enuf Mommy says
Great idea here! Thanks so much – I’ll keep that in mind if we ever purchase one!
Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says
Here in MA, if we get a trampoline, our homeowner’s insurance skyrockets, so very few people have them. I would love one, though.
Yes, insurance can be a real issue. 🙁
My first thought was fish line to sew and repair the net. I will try that and see how well it works. I have just purchased a trampoline for my grandson and once assembled will repair the net. I am so glad to have found your post.
Nice!! I have one of these trampolines too, and I often wonder how much longer my kids will go before tearing a hole in the netting. Now I know what to do if that happens 😀
I wish they lasted longer!! 🙂
Lisa @bitesforbabies says
I want one of these for my kids, but unfortunately there is no room in our backyard! Great tip though…if you know how to sew, lol!
I hesitated to call it sewing…it really doesn’t qualify! 🙂
I love when a potentially expensive repair turns out close to free & that’s what happened with your trampoline. Yay for you.
I will never forget in 7th grade when a friend fell through our trampoline. It had a little hole in it. We should have probably done something with the little hole like how you sewed the net. We never had that outer safety net, not that it would have helped her in our case lol.
The trampoline we had when I was a kid didn’t have an enclosure…I don’t even know if they made the safety enclosures back then! I fell off many times!
Joyce Duboise says
I LOVE this idea. It makes me think, Why didn’t I think of that? The threading looks tough. I am happy to hear that it is actually holding. I know a lot of people that could use this tip, so I am sharing it on my Facebook. Thank you!
Thanks so much for the share Joyce!
Cat @ Pocketful of Posies says
Great idea! It so much better to fix what we have then throw it away and buy new. Thanks for sharing!
Betsy @ BPhotoArt.com says
I love your solution, it’s a practical and economical fix. No need to get a new net! Although, that was a big tear. I might consider doing another round of stitching back down across the seam, so that you have two alternating zig zags (forming “x” pattern) — it would make things a bit more secure. The other thing you could do is sew in a panel of netting that’s a couple inches bigger than the seam, and whipstitch (which is the zig zag you did) around the edges of the panel. It would help distribute the tension more evenly and probably help things last longer. 🙂
Thanks for the tips Betsy…those are great ideas and I will try it out! I think I mentioned in the post…I am definitely not a seamstress! 🙂
michele d says
We don’t have a large one like that but my kids really do want one. I’m kinda worried about getting one because of the high rains and winds during the summer months.
The Trophy WifeStyle says
Ahhhhhhhh trampolines!!!! My trampoline when I was a kiddo was my All time favorite thing! We don’t have a big yard so it was either a pool or trampoline and pool won. This is great to know though!!!
Oh I’ve never thought about the net breaking! That never even crossed my mind! Glad I saw this, I’ll need to remember it.
That’s great that you got it fixed yourself. I hope it holds up for a super long time. 🙂
What a great tip for fixing your own trampoline net! I love it! I had no idea you could repair one yourself.
Ourfamilyworld (@OurFamilyWorld) says
We are thinking of getting a trampoline this summer. It’s good to know we can repair it
good tips. we used to have one and are thinking of getting one again.
Cherri Megasko says
It looks like you did an excellent job. Upholstery thread is pretty durable, so hopefully it will last for some time.
Shannon Gosney says
I didn’t know fixing the net could be so easy! Thanks for sharing this easy tip on fixing your trampoline net.
Thanks for stopping by Shannon!
Where was this net when I flipped backwards off a trampoline as a kid? haha 🙂
You are so right…we didn’t have a net when I was a kid either! I fell off many times!!
Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen says
What an easy and cheap way to save a trampoline net! Great job!
Thank you. I see that this was an post, but I came across this at the right time. My neighbor gave us their used trampoline pretty good condition the net has some issues along with the pad. I was going to replace both but now I might try to repair the net and just purchase a new pad. Thank you for the possible savings. Future tip that’s great to know.
You should give it a try Heather! My kids somehow got another hole in our net in a different area and I sewed that one up too! The first hole has held for over a year now!! The second hole I just fixed a few weeks ago…so much cheaper than a new net!