Dividing Wall Solution: How to Split Your Jump Center into Separate Jump Rooms.
When starting a jump center, there are many creative solutions you can implement that will drastically cut down the startup cost – this is one of them.
Instead of buying a “dividing wall system” that can easily cost thousands of dollars, several jump centers, including one of our locations utilize a curtain style divider. This curtain divider can either be attached to a rod that spans the distance between the walls, or for longer distances the curtain can be attached to a track or rail that’s mounted to the ceiling.
There are certain benefits of having two separate jump rooms. Having a large jump arena is great for large events, field trips, open jump, and teen nights. At the same time, having the ability to split the arena into two rooms is great for separating private parties and open jump or designating each room for certain age groups so the older kids don’t run over the younger children.
Here’s an example of a complete installation:
Dividing Wall Installation
- Measure the distance the curtain will have to span. This will determine the method of hanging. There are two options:
- For shorter distances, no more than 8 – 10 feet you can use the simple pole or rod mounted on two ends of the wall – picture the shower curtain installation – its the same thing, but longer distance.
- For longer distances, or extra strength use the rail or track system. The track mounts directly to the ceiling with screws, and the curtain is attached to the hooks or clips on the track system. This is typically a safer option since the curtain won’t come down easily if a child tugs on it.
- Decide on the fabric. You want something simple and colorful, in the picture above the blue color easily blends in with the rest of the facility. Also consider the thickness of the fabric. Thicker fabric will help with sound deadening when rooms are used for separate events.
- Before you drill or put in any screws make sure there’s no electrical wiring in the way, and make sure there’s a stud, concrete or steel behind the dry wall.
Dividing Wall Options
These solutions are very low cost, click the images below to get an idea of what the approximate cost is.
The dividing “curtain wall” is a great idea, but it will not always work for every jump center. It’s important you take the time to find a great location and ask the right questions. Doing major build out upgrades at your facility can cost a lot of money, so try to make sure the layout closely matches what you have envisioned for your center. Once you’ve got the location, coming up with creative solutions can save you a lot of money.