While bounce houses may be fun and exciting for all ages to play and jump around in, bounce houses and all other inflatable devices wouldn’t have the level of popularity they do today without their materials. A bounce house has to be able to hold hundreds of pounds while in use, while also being strong enough to stand up to ultraviolet radiation from the sun, among other natural element opponents. Most types of bounce houses end up being made from the same materials. Each type is different, yet still highly effective as inflatable device material; in addition, these materials have their own special usages outside of inflatable devices.

Woven oxford cloth is typically used to construct the walls and floor of residential bounce houses. Typically, oxford cloth is woven in a basket-weave pattern for usage in almost all mediums. This allows the cotton-based fabric to be evenly spaced, while still maintaining a strong base. The soft texture is very inviting for young, first-time users of bounce houses, allowing them to try bouncing without fear of injury. In addition, other older bounce house users can jump and leap around at will, while still experiencing an easy landing on a strong-yet-soft material. Outside of the bounce house industry, oxford cloth is used in a wide variety of ways. Clothing is a major user of oxford cloth; you can commonly find traces of oxford cloth in polo shirts, men’s dress shirts, women’s skirts, and exercise clothing.

Most commercial bounce houses are made from a material called polyvinyl chloride, also referred to as just “vinyl”, or also commonly shortened to PVC. The vinyl material is some of the only materials that can be woven into such large or elaborate designs and patterns, such as the obstacle courses or any type of combo bouncer. What most people don’t know is how many other uses that PVC has in modern society. Using a special manufacturing process, PVC resin is used to produce pipes for industrial use. PVC can also be used to make some forms of clothing. Some raincoats and boots contain traces of PVC in their fabric; in addition, the PVC/vinyl is a major component in latex clothing.

Regardless of how they are used for clothing, when they are used to construct bounce houses, both polyvinyl chloride and oxford cloth are very highly regarded as industry standards, and can be found in the majority of bounce houses available for purchase today. When stitched in their particular ways, each fabric is powerful enough to hold the high quantities of air rushing inside of the fabric walls, strong enough to withstand the many people bouncing around inside of it at any given time, and soft enough to prevent injury should a user wipe out while bouncing, in addition to lasting for years and years of usage. PVC and oxford cloth are far and away the best materials for the business, and for your use.