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How to make a bounce house

by Backyard Play Store on December 03, 2020

Bounce houses are a sure-fire fun activity for children and adults alike. While many only experience bounce houses at local events and gatherings, they are becoming more and more popular as a residential option for permanent use. Compared to activities such as trampolines which have long been a pastime for many in the back yard, the inflatable bounce house is considered by many to be a safer option.

How does a Bounce House Work?

Considering the general makeup of a bounce house, they are relatively simple to construct and operate, provided careful attention is afforded each step of the way. Essentially, a bounce house is maintained with a consistent air supply funneled into a soft material, providing support and the ‘bounce’ we experience. Not only does this give the thrill of high, unpredictable jumps, but also the guarantee of a soft landing.

What kind of Bounce Houses Can I Make?

Bounce houses are enclosed play areas, and designed in a variety of themes to give escapism and an extra degree of safety at all times. Such are the advances in technology and versatility of many bounce houses, that many are fitted with additional water features to give an additional flair and fun. With access to a range of materials and assistance, it is possible to create your own water bounce house at home.

Resources and Materials

Beginning with an idea of the resources and materials that will be needed can give a direction to how you may want to approach the construction of your bounce house. For instance, a high-powered air blower will offer a consistent flow of air, while a PVC tarp or Oxford woven cloth will give adequate resistance and support for bouncing. Additionally, some sewing equipment, along with preparatory design software, can ensure that all bases are covered.

The first step is to identify which material to use and pursue forward with this. Oxford cloth is a relatively inexpensive material, and choosing between woven cloth and high-grade cloth is an important decision in terms of sustainability. The woven alternative is likely to be less durable but cheaper, whereas an investment into high-grade material can ensure years of quality home use. PVC material can be another more expensive, yet highly durable option, though this is often reserved for consistent commercial use.


Once the materials have been identified, a design can be chosen which will align with your tastes and intended use. Many different structural functions can be implemented. For instance, ladders and stairs can provide a unique climbing dimension, while other features such as trees, nature scenes, sports equipment, pools can add additional levels of challenge and fun. With thought toward, available space and intended usage, the right design can be chosen. Having a good idea of the dimensions available, the likely age and interests of those using the bounce house, and the venue (outdoor or indoor) can give indications for the design.

Another important consideration is the connection of the air blower, and maintaining the room in the design for the air blower is important to avoid any problems down the line. Aligning the air blower with the materials available is an important thing to remember, as well as the size, power specifications, and intended duration. Giving care and attention to the air blower can ensure peace of mind concerning safety and security.


The next step in constructing the bounce house comes with assessing and cutting the materials into the planned specifications. At this stage, giving care and attention to the measurements and implementation of each piece of material is important in uniformly bringing the bounce house to specifications. Often, it is wise to cut extra material just in case, as it is easier to go back and remove than it is to add at a later stage.

From this point, it is time to begin sewing the materials together to ensure safety and reliability. Depending on the kind of materials being used, the sewing methods will be tailored toward this. Often, the manufacturer’s recommendations will have clear instructions to tailor the sewing methods to your specifications. Instructions will be straightforward as long as care is given each step of the way, and this will be important for the future safety and security of the bounce house with regards to performance.

Finally, once all planning and preparation have been followed by adequate sewing, the air blower can be connected to the materials and an appropriate power supply, and the fun can ensue! Here at the backyard play store, we love the bounce house industry, and we are so excited to bring our knowledge and expertise to your front door today.

Call us today at 1 (800) 927-0198 and let’s begin the journey of creating your perfect bounce house together!

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