Searching for a bounce house or inflatable device to purchase is a process that is well worth the time, effort and research; even if it may take a long period of time to find the bouncer that’s best for you and your family. During your search, you may come across many different terms and phrases, used commonly among bounce house sites, but appear foreign to a potential buyer, or to anyone who works outside a bounce house business. One example of such a term is an “air membrane”.

When bounce houses are being constructed, great care is taken to create an inflatable device soft to the touch and safe to bounce on, while at the same time, sturdy enough to withstand an appropriate amount of users at any given time. In order to achieve these vital goals, multiple materials must be combined during the initial creation process. The exact names of the materials that make up the bouncers are woven oxford cloth and polyvinyl chloride, also shortened to PVC. This combination of materials can be seen in almost every bounce house, jump house, moonwalk, or other inflatable device on the market today, as it has become the industry standard.

Once these materials have been combined, and have been cut into pieces that will make up the walls and floor of the bounce house, the next step is to sew them together. All bounce houses undergo multiple sewing procedures with strong thread during the process. The pieces and walls of the fabric would fall apart under the stress of full inflation were it not for the thread that holds the material in place. However, during sewing, a bounce house manufacturer must be careful not to sew the pieces directly on top of one another. Extra space must be maintained throughout the entire bouncer, or else the bounce house would become too tightly woven, and unable to inflate properly. The pieces of the bounce house are woven together with a small pocket of air that is located between the interior and exterior pieces of the device. This is what people in the business refer to as an “air membrane”.

Every bounce house, regardless of its size or intended purpose, has an air membrane between all of its pieces. The presence of the membrane improves the elasticity of each bounce house, allowing users to jump freely on a thick, durable surface. The air membrane also expands and contracts, depending on whether or not your blower is pumping air into the bounce house or not. During inflation, the membrane expands and stretches the inside and outside pieces to provide higher and longer jump times. When the bouncer is deflating, the membrane closes, still providing a pocket of air that acts as separation between the inside and outside of the bouncer, but allows the bouncer to deflate for storage when the day is done. It’s just another important part of an inflatable device that allows it to be as incredible and exciting as it is.