Bounce House: Moonwalks, Jump Houses & Water Slides
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Bounce House Materials

By Richard Allen

The bounce house is an enduring toy that brings happiness and excitement to children all across the planet. However, with all the roughhousing a bounce house takes from a long play time, one may wonder how the bounce house manages to have such a high endurance and stability. If you're curious as to what a bouncy house is made of and how it's constructed, read on!

The make and model of the bounce house determine what kind of fabric make up the floors and walls. There are two major types of bounce houses manufactured and sold around the country: residential bounce houses and commercial bounce houses. Residential bounce houses are designed for use by children. The material used for their manufacturing is called woven oxford cloth, a fabric that weighs very little and is cheaper to produce. Commercial bounce houses are designed for use by teenagers and adults, and as a result, the material needed for construction must be stronger and more durable than the residential bounce houses. Commercial bounce houses are put together using polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and, when combined with nylon and vinyl, it makes for a bounce house that is very hard to break or destroy.

In the construction process of both the residential or commercial bounce house, the oxford cloth and the PVC material must be woven into shape twice over. Knockoff brands of bounce houses will only weave their cloth once, which results in an unstable product. Double weaving ensures a reliable bounce house that will be able to handle any appropriate party. In addition to bounce houses, there exist inflatable water slides, which can be combined with commercial bounce houses to create a giant commercial bounce house suitable for large parties! In this case, the fabric seams can be quadruple-weaved, or "over-stitched" to make sure that such a massive bounce house does not easily collapse.

After the chosen fabric is cut into the desired shape, and each piece is woven together to form walls, a floor, and a ceiling, a hole is cut into the bounce house's structure to allow for inflation and deflation. The process can use any type of gas, typically air or helium. As a result of the heavy stitching job, small holes can be (accidentally or purposefully) made in the jump house's shape without leading to immediate deflation. The end result is always fun for all, whether it be in a residential bounce house or a commercial bounce house.

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