A bounce house can provide some of the most fun you will ever have during summer and spring time, without a doubt. All bounce houses that are available to you have certain features in common, as both industry standards and tried-and-true methods of quality and safety. Besides their design structure and their sources of generated power, bounce houses also share the same methods of keeping the devices pinned to the ground during usage. Each bounce house uses long metal stakes that are at most a foot long to secure the corners of the device down. These stakes are threaded through the designated tie-down loops on the side of the bounce house, and are then pounded into the ground and tightened in place with string. These stakes are one of a kind when it comes to securing your bounce house in place for safe use during the day.

Other outdoor recreational games and activities also use stakes and spikes in order to secure themselves to the ground. Examples of these games include volleyball, badminton, tennis, and other such sports. Each of those sports requires a net to be placed in between the two participating teams so that the game can be properly played. In order to do so, each corner of the net has two different stakes attached to string ropes. All of the stakes, in addition to both poles of the net, are then pounded into the ground, far enough away to tighten the strings, while still close enough in order to make sure that the stakes are firmly and totally in place. The stakes, while clearly not identical to those you would find in a bounce house shipping box, do serve the same purpose.

While the activities that you store in your garage may use spikes in order to complete the set-up and procedure, they cannot be interchanged with the spikes that accompany your bounce house. The stakes that ship with your chosen bounce house are specifically designed to hold down the bounce house that they shipped with. The stakes are not mentioned as “interchangeable” in the owner’s manual, or on the product’s web site. A stake that can secure a badminton net is not necessarily strong enough to hold down a corner of a bounce house. You can usually tell this just by looking at the size of the spike. A moonwalk can hold multiple people at the same time, bouncing and jumping around for the whole day, and as a result, needs stakes that are strong enough to keep such a potentially harmful device in place. Without the special stakes, the bounce house stands a good chance of being blown away in a strong windstorm, or toppling over if enough pressure from the bouncing area hits the corner with the weaker stakes. If you have lost your stakes, you will need to order replacements from a bounce house web site, product store, or catalog. Do not attempt an inflation and set-up without the proper type and amount of stakes holding your bounce house to the grass.