All too often, it seems that whenever you plan for a great party, either for someone’s birthday or just a national holiday celebration, the weather always has to turn sour for the day’s events. A frequent culprit to ruining the outdoor festivities is a thunderstorm, though other weather events that can postpone usage of a bounce house include wind at dangerous speeds, snowfall, hailstorms, and any other degree of rainfall. All of this definitely applies to parties that have a bounce house set up at the event; possibly even more so, because any party with a bounce house present typically feature it as the party’s centerpiece. However, if you have the right bounce house, there’s nothing stopping you from taking the party and moving it indoors. There are numerous indoor locations that can support a bounce house, but some are better than others.

Depending on the size of your inflatable bouncer and your house, it is entirely possible that you can set up and inflate your bounce house in the comfort of your own home. As long as the room you’re planning on is tall enough and wide enough to support the dimensions of the bounce house, there’s nothing really stopping you from beginning the set-up. Typically, residential bounce houses are small enough to fit in the majority of rooms in a house, but the possibility exists for many other types of bounce houses, as long as the space is there and unrestricted. These indoor bouncing locations can include children’s bedrooms, living rooms, and the garage. Another frequent location in the house that can support a bounce house party is the basement. Basements typically run underneath the entire house, generally giving them enough width to hold a bounce house. Assuming the basement is deep enough, it can hold a tall bounce house, fully inflated. Measure the rooms in your house and compare them to the proportions of your inflatable device before beginning set-up.

Lay out the deflated bounce house like you would outside on the grass, and place the sandbags on and around the perimeter of the inflatable. The bouncer will be held in place by these sandbags in place of a stake driven in the ground (or, in this case, floor). Properly set up the blower and plug it in. Watch as the bounce house begins to safely inflate, as if it were outside. However, if the roof of the bouncer hits the ceiling of the room, or the bouncer’s side walls become too tightly placed against the room’s walls, unplug the blower and seek out a new location. Cramming a bounce house into a location that cannot support it will only increase the chances of the walls bursting or tearing open.

Setting up a bounce house is not restricted to your personal property, indoors or outdoors. If you can receive a permit from your local park district office, you actually have the ability to set up your bounce house in public locations. These can include local gymnasiums, storage facilities, or nearby schools. Obviously, setting up your bounce house in these locations will require planning ahead of time. Unless you are close friends with the owners of the buildings, you will likely need to fit around their scheduled events and activates.