It is very important for you to know the anatomy of your inflatable for the following reasons:
If you understand an inflatable’s structure you will be able to make better judgment when buying one.
When you need repairs done to your inflatable – you can more accurately describe the problem.
Knowing how your inflatable was built will help you understand its strengths and weaknesses including the stress points etc.
Understanding the anatomy of your inflatables will help you understand how to maintain it properly, so you will get more use out of it, and therefore make more money.
Components of a bouncy castle and main keywords.
Ground Floor – Base of the unit, the vinyl that actually sits on the ground when the unit is inflated.
Bounce Floor (or bed) – This is the actual bouncing surface that the children play or jump on.
Baffles – The internal structures that give each inflatable its unique shape.
Bounce Foor Seams – Seams that hold the individual bounce floor panels together, baffles are usually connected along these seams as well.
Uppers – Any materials attached to the unit above the jump floor. Examples are arches, columns, built-in shower covers, etc.
Skirt – The vertical material used to connect the ground floor and bounce floor around the outside of the bouncy castle.
Landing – Like a bounce floor surface that is usually at the bottom of a slide or combi unit.
Connection points – Seams that connect walls, obstacles, netting, columns etc. to other surfaces on the inflatable.
Gussett – Vinyl material that attaches the walls or the netting to the bounce floor and also reduces the stress while in use.
Cross over tubes – Inflated tubes that are attached to the arches to provide support and stability.
Step – Easily enables users to enter the inflatable from the outside.
Exhaust opening – When this is opened, air escapes more quickly. This opening can also be used to get inside the inflatable to inspect it.