More and more parents are opting to purchase a bouncy castle for their children, probably due to fantastic features such as slides, climbing walls, and bouncy castles that are cheaper and better quality than they have been for years. With prices of decent units ranging from £200 to £600, you've got a huge choice, and some important decision to make.
What is a inflatable bouncy castle?
A bouncy castle is a fun, safe alternative to trampolines, garden slides and play sets. Bouncy castles can be categorised as either residential or commercial. Residential inflatable bouncy castles tend to be smaller and can be constructed from different materials, although some quality domestic bouncy castles are manufactured to the same standard as commercial grade sets.
How does an inflatable bouncy castle work?
Bouncy castles need to be laid out and have a blower attached, normally to the rear of the inflatable. The blower will run constantly and push air into the bouncy castle. Air will be slowly released through pours in the fabric and through the seams of the inflatable. This works on a constant flow basis, where air is constantly going in as it naturally leaks out.
The blowers are normally powered by mains electricity, and will vary in power depending upon quality and size required for the bouncy castle. It is important to check the weight limit on the bouncy castle to ensure that it can maintain inflation with 2, 3, 4 or 5 children, as will be required for your usage. Over loading your inflatable bouncy castle could result in damage to the unit, or users hitting the ground as the blower will not be able to inflate the unit to a high enough pressure to maintain a safe inflation. Make sure you chose a quality product such as Happy Bounce inflatables from Avyna to ensure you maintain a good user weight.
Common features of an inflatable bouncy castle?
Bouncy castles often have multiple features, including climbing obstacles, obstacles to crawl under, obstacles to crawl between, slides and of course, an area reserved for bouncing/jumping. Some inflatables also include additional extras such as inflatable basketball hoops and include items such as play balls.
Should i buy a bouncy castle new or second hand?
We would advise you always exercise caution when buying, especially if buying a second hand inflatable bouncy castle. The owners will be selling it for a reason... it could be they damaged it, it could be that it is too big (or small) or the quality isn't what they expected as they didn't spend enough in the first place. Be careful, check the model and specification to ensure it is something you want, and not an over-compromise because it's cheap.
Using a Bouncy Castle?
We always recommend you purchase a bouncy castle that meets your current and future demands, as any decent inflatable will last many years of domestic usage. We always recommend following manufacturers guidelines, and ensuring that specific user and weight limits are adhered to at all times. We also recommend ensuring that the inflatable is secured to the ground at all times, decent inflatables will include ground anchors - do not purchase an inflatable that cannot be affixed to the ground as there is a risk gusts or high winds and pick up the bouncy castle.
Bouncy castles are normally exceedingly safe products if usage guidelines and instructions are followed. We hope you enjoy your new bouncy castle.
We recommend Happy Bounce Inflatable Bouncy Castles from Avyna UK as we feel they provide unbeatable quality, at a reasonable price.