Learning how to set up your brand new bounce house may take some time and attempts to get totally right, but once you know what you’re doing, the process should not take long at all. The instructions are simple enough for anyone at any age to learn, and the moonwalk’s overall inflation time will never take more than a minute or two. Part of being an expert at setting up a bounce house is knowing where to place the bounce house’s stakes into the ground in order to keep the inflatable device from moving around during use.

If you are setting up your bounce house outdoors, the absolute best base you can have underneath your bounce house is grass. Backyards, front yards, public parks, fields, fairgrounds, and many other potential locations are all bound to have grass patches in large supply, readily available to allow for a quick and simple set-up time. The grass and soil will be strong and tight enough to prevent the stakes, in addition to the bounce house itself, from moving around during use, while still remaining soft enough to allow for the stakes to cleanly enter the ground. As long as the patch of grass is large enough to comfortably support your bounce house’s size, you can’t go wrong when you set up your device on grass.

In outdoor locations, grass is clearly the best choice for a bounce house base. Surprisingly, there are few other natural foundations out there that can properly secure the stakes as well as grass can, if at all. Depending on the quality of your ground, you will often come across patches of dirt near and around your desired set-up location. The dirt will rarely, if ever, be strong enough to hold a stake in place, as it will have nothing to grasp on and resist the natural shifting from the bounce house. Setting up the device on mud will produce similar problems: not only will the stakes be unable to gain any kind of grip, the bounce house will end up getting completely wet and filthy, not to mention at risk of structural damage. Sand, like dirt, are not capable of providing any grip for the stakes. This makes setting up your bounce house up on a beach with stakes to be all but impossible, with a possibility of the bounce house toppling over if you aren’t careful. While pavement and concrete is capable of supporting a bounce house without damaging it, you will not be able to secure the bounce house to the ground with stakes, as the spikes will not be able to penetrate the hard material.

There is an alternative solution when setting up your bounce house on land locations that cannot hold the stakes in place. In order to secure a bounce house to these potential problem surfaces, you’re going to need to use special sandbags. The sandbags are capable of holding around 50 pounds of sand each. Having 4 of them will allow you to cover each corner of your bounce house, pinning them to the ground and preventing them from shifting away during use. Using the sandbags allows you to set up your bounce house on surfaces that your stakes and spikes would ordinarily be unable to break through. The sandbags are perfect for use on pavement and concrete surfaces, such as parking lots and driveways, and can also be used to great effect inside to keep your bounce house secure. If you are strapped for time and availability, the sandbags could be used to hold the bounce house on the previously unfit natural areas, like the dirt or sand locations, but it is not a guarantee. Grass surfaces should be the priority during your search for a prime outdoor set-up location.