Caring for your String Bed

Caring for your String Bed
  • String beds provide more lift than polypropylene beds by allowing more airflow and less stretching. The airflow issue is particularly important for in-ground trampolines because the air is trapped under the trampoline due to the walls of the pit. The reduced elasticity also makes the string beds much stiffer than poly’ beds, and therefore they are more abrasive to your skin1. String beds also require more maintenance and they are much more expensive than poly’ beds. It is therefore critical that you regularly inspect your string bed for wear and tear; for commercial use we recommend daily inspections. If any of the nylon strings are exposed you should paint them immediately (quick touch ups can be done with the spray paint described in note 2 below).

  • These beds are painted with oil based paint for maximum wear and weather resistance (can be used out doors). Use a quality oil based paint (like Rustoleum) for repainting; it’s a little more expensive but it’s worth it. Do NOT use LATEX paint on these beds; it will NOT adhere and therefore will provide NO protection for the string. Unlike other string beds the paint is the wear surface on these beds, not the string, so be sure to maintain the protective paint coating. Maintained properly, these beds have been known to last more than 2 decade (even outdoors).

  • If a string should get broken, simply pull the broken string back a few inches beyond the damage in both directions and knot it so that the knot will be under a weave intersection. Take a piece of the repair string provided (#18 twisted nylon mason line) and loop it around one of the knotted ends. Now weave the string to the other knotted end (a latch hook works well). The string must be tied off under tension. The easiest way to do this is to tension the string and then clamp it just before the second end (a hemostat works best), loop the knotted end, release the clamp, melt the string ends for better hold, and touch up the paint (a good spray paint will do until the next maintenance painting; use the vinyl spray paint listed below2).

  • Do a maintenance painting when you see any sign of wear. A cheap disposable roller works best. Paint is heavy so try not to paint more than is necessary. A touch up of the high wear areas is preferable. This is oil-based paint, so allow 12 to 24 hours drying time. The cross and box are done with spray paint which dries in a few minutes. Just mask off the lines with 2" masking tape and spray.

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Spray paint that will stretch is made by the Rustoleum Corporation: it is called "Rustoleum Specialty Vinyl Paint" (on the web go to Rustoleum). Most hardware stores carry it. Also get 2 tubes of E-6000 glue to repair any frayed strings. Allow the glue and paint to dry thoroughly before using your string bed.

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Trampolines Unlimited

209 West Alamar Avenue,

Suite A,

Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Phone. 805.284.1025

Working Hours 

Monday 8:45AM - 6:00PM  /  Tuesday 8:45AM - 6:00PM  /  Wednesday 8:45AM - 6:00PM  /  Thursday 8:45AM - 6:00PM  /  Friday 8:45AM - 6:00PM  /  Saturday - Sunday Closed

Landing on the head or neck can cause serious injury, paralysis, or death even when landing in the middle of the bed.

Use trampoline only with mature, knowledgeable supervision. 




Trampolines Unlimited

P.O. Box 924

Carpinteria, CA 93014