You can transform that old backyard trampoline into an isolated retreat

Once upon a time, I wished for my very own trampoline so I could, you know, jump on it. When I took gymnastics as a kid, I loved trampoline time most of all, loved sailing through the air without concern for grace or coordination or form.

Now that I’m an adult, I wish for my very own trampoline so I can create one of those sweet isolated retreats I’ve been seeing on Facebook and Instagram.

Check out this trampoline tent, for example, made by Instagram user @_vscogals_, who had a trampoline sleepover with friends:


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Then there are those hanging daybeds I have long coveted that can be found on sites like Wayfair and Houzz for way more money than I can justify:


It turns out that instead of spending over $5,000 on one of these, you can easily just upcycle that old trampoline collecting mildew in the backyard. Check out this step-by-step video:

When you’re done, you can surround your swing with netting or sheets or old curtains to create a gently swaying hideaway in which you can nap, read books and sip wine.

Just check out this example from Instagram user @grysmo:


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And this one from Instagram user @bedroomvibesofficial is indoors, but I like their style:


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You could also repurpose that old trampoline in order to create a magical play place.

Angela Ferdig of Krisel Keeper, for example, turned her trampoline upside down and DIY’d this sweet trampoline fort, beneath which her kids throw dance parties and, apparently, sort rubber duckies? OK. I’m not sure what’s happening here, but I think it’s super cute:


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Meanwhile, the folks at Family Days Tried and Tested made a full-on Lockdown Trampoline Disco, complete with a disco ball, glow sticks and a Bluetooth speaker for the dance music. I… love this? For just myself?

What kind of retreat would you create with that unused trampoline in your backyard?