How Much Does a Bounce House Cost?
A bounce house is an inflatable play structure that can be used for jumping. Bounce houses are often seen at birthday parties, family events, or any other get together that involves children who need to be entertained. A bounce house can range in size and design. For example, there are small bounce houses that are designed to hold two to five toddlers at a time, while a medium-sized bounce house could hold up to 12 children at once. The price for a bounce house will depend on whether you are renting or purchasing; the size; the length you need it for; and who you’re renting the bounce house from.
How much is it?
- If you want to buy a bounce house, the cost of one can be anywhere from $65 to $300 for a kiddie one. Keep in mind that this is not the price for commercial sized bounce house that you are accustomed to seeing at rental companies. The smaller the bounce house is, the less you will have to pay.
- For instance, the Blast Zone Little Bopper retails for $155 to $250, while the Intex Playhouse retails for $60 to $80.
- Commercial sized bounce houses can range anywhere from $2,000 to as much as $8,000 to purchase.
- ZooStores.com has a commercial grade bounce house available on their website that retails for $1,995 to $2,500.
- To rent a bounce house for the afternoon, plan on spending anywhere from $75 to $200 for the day. Depending on the company, this will be for four to six hours.
- FunBouncers.net, a company located in Ohio, charges $199 for a daily rental.
- If you are at a place that has a bounce house, you may be able to play in it for a small charge. Most places will charge $3-$5 to play.
What is going to be included?
- A commercial grade bounce house is usually 15 feet wide and is made of a reinforced vinyl that is prone to rips or tears. Most bounce houses can only hold upwards of 600 to 900 pounds.
- All kits will usually include the stakes, the blower, straps and instructions to set up the house completely.
What are the extra costs?
- With a rental company, the renter will have a set time for rental. Any overage can result in additional charges.
- If you live outside of their area, additional mileage surcharges can be applied to the bill.
- Many rental companies can throw in add-ons that work with the bounce house. These can include a bounce house slide, playground setup or even a ball pit. Each additional item can cost anywhere from $75 to $200 per piece, per day.
- The rental company will come to your location and deliver the bounce house. They will set up and inflate the bounce house in the location that you choose. Many companies will also have a representative stay for the day to make sure the bounce house is used correctly and to fix any problems that may arise.
Types of bounce houses:
- Obstacle Courses. Some bounce house setups will offer a dual sided obstacle course through which people can race.
- Slides. Some will have a ladder that can be climbed to the top of a slide.
- Specialty. There are inflatable activities such as life-size twister, bull-riding, boxing, and others.
Tips to know:
- Most bounce houses will require a large patchy area that is usually 20′ x 20′. If you do not have the adequate space, they may not be able to install or set it up properly.
- Keep in mind that a bouncy house is not guaranteed. If the weather is bad, they probably will not set it up. You may also lose your deposit if one was given.
- ALWAYS make sure that the company has some sort of liability insurance. That way, if problems do arise, you will know that you are covered.
- All bounce houses are not created equally. If you have younger children, try to see if they have smaller sizes that can cater to them.
How can I save money?
- With anything, be sure to compare prices with at least three to five companies. By doing so, you should be able to get an instant quote over the phone.
- If you are going to be using a bounce house on a regular basis, you may be better off to purchase one rather than always renting. This will cost more upfront, but can save you money in the end.