Essential Things To Consider Before Hiring A Bouncy Castle

If you are going to hire a bouncy castle for the first time, then chances are that you might want all your doubts and apprehensions to be cleared beforehand. To help you understand the basics of using a bouncy castle beforehand, here’s a FAQ session on hiring a bouncy castle.

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#1: What type of surface do you need to install a bouncy castle?

Bouncy castles or inflatables are best installed outdoors, preferably on a flat, or a little slanting, grassy area. However, they cannot be installed on places having steep slopes. Also, you’ll have to make sure that the area you choose to put the inflatable is free of mud, sharp stones, pet defecates and similar messes. Also, you’ll need to prune the overhanging shrubs and trees (if any) before it is installed.

#2: Can you use bouncy castles indoors?

A number of companies offer to hire their bouncy castles in venues like school halls, village halls, gymnasiums, churches, nurseries and community centres. However, the spot chosen to install the inflatable should be spacious enough to accommodate it. Many companies, on being requested, send professionals to examine the venue before lending it. So if you are not sure that you have sufficient space to put it, then you might want to contact some of the agencies and ask for some assistance. 

#3: How much room is needed to put up a bouncy castle?

Bouncy castles are available in different sizes. The place you choose to install your bouncy castle should be roomy enough to accommodate it. Plus, there should be at least 4 feet of extra space at the back and front of the bouncy castle, and about 2 feet of space should be left at each side.

#4: How many children can be allowed in a bouncy castle at one time?

This really depends on the size of the bouncy castle you order, as well as the size of the ‘riders’. But by and large, about 5-9 children can fit in a standard sized bouncy castle. 

#5: How much do you need to spend in electricity to operate a bouncy castle? 

Quality bouncy castles are quite energy efficient. It might cost approximately £1 to run a bouncy castle  throughout the day.

#6: Do bouncy castle hire agencies offer any insurance?

Most of the companies offer insurance against accidents (if any) caused by improper installation and / or equipment failure. But they do not cover for improper handling of the clients.

#7: Do you need to hire some accessories as well?

A number of accessories are available for bouncy castles, many of them ensuring safety to its users. So you can consider hiring some of them. Some of the accessories necessary for bouncy castles are:

  • Sand bags: they help keep the inflatable fixed to the ground. Particularly recommended if there is a possibility of strong winds.
  • Metal clips for connecting bags: they generally come in crab or snap form. As the name suggests, they help connect the sand bags to the bouncy castles. 
  • Pegs:  you can use them with sand bags to keep the inflatable even more secure to the ground. Make certain that the number of pegs you hire commensurate with the size of the inflatable. 
  •  Groundsheet: it is placed under the inflatable before it is inflated. It keeps the inflatable clean. It is also helpful to keep the bouncy castle clean and protected against sharp objects, stones or anything that is likely to cause a rip or tear. 
  • Safety/ crash mats: Keep them around the entrance of the bouncy castle to prevent the riders from any accidental fall-which can lead to injury. Ensure that you hire enough mats to fit across the length of the entrance. 
  • Fan cover: it is flame retardant and helps to prevent any probable fires from engine. 

If you have your queries on hiring bouncy castles answered, then you might want to give it a try. You can find several companies offering bouncy castles on hire for a reasonable price. However, before seeking services from any agency, make sure that the company is approved by BIHA (British Inflatable Hirers Alliance).

9 Replies to “Essential Things To Consider Before Hiring A Bouncy Castle”

  1. Talk with the company you are renting the inflatable through about their procedures for setup, take down, insurance and anything else that needs to be known

  2. You’ve got some good points here. In Europe, all inflatable play units should conform to EN14960. The “big” issue with bouncy castles is their use in windy conditions. All inflatables, no matter how much they are tied down cannot be used outside in wind speeds over 24mph. Most hire companies should have an info sheet about Best Practice and usage.

  3. Hello,

    Bouncy castles are a great thing for the kids to use just to enjoy their time in a limited space. Some joy lands now have a special section just for bouncy houses and castles. However, there are some safety issues with bouncy castles and that is the children might get hurt just by bumping into each other.

    Thanks for explaining these essential tips.

    Keep up the good work.

  4. when hiring a bouncy castle for the first time you should consider the budget you have then other things like area, number of the kids’ age limit etc

  5. Great post. I’m going to hire a bouncy castle in my daughter’s birthday. I think I need to hire safety mats and sand bags as well. Could I hire them in the company that I hire the inflation?

  6. Before renting an inflatable or bouncy house make sure that you have an area to put the inflatable that is safe and secure. Talk with the company you are renting the inflatable through about their procedures for setup, take down, insurance and anything else that needs to be known.

    1. Some great advice there Caleb! Also make sure you specify if its for kids or an adult and ask how many people can be on it at one time and try and stick to that number! I know its not what you want to be doing at a party, policing the bouncy castle but it will greatly reduce the risk of injury for those enjoying the castle!

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