Bouncehouses, Castle Jumpers, or Bouncers are a common sight nowadays at birthdays or other special occasions. Have you ever wondered where do these bouncehouses come from and when did they start to become a viable rental product? Well, look no further! We have pulled some large history books off the shelf and blown the dust from them to find you the answers you seek. Check out this article for a brief history of bouncer rentals.
Bouncehouses were developed in 1959 by John Scurlock. He thought of the product after seeing some local country club employees using an industrial fan to inflate a tennis court cover and then bouncing on it. Scurlock initially started by producing inflatable tents and domes but by 1968 he had launched the inflatable pillow series (which was a bouncer with no walls or roof) The first official bouncers with walls were produced in New Orleans around 1974. The walls were developed because their design allowed for greater safety and a more sustained airflow within the bouncer itself. From 1974 onward bouncer rentals have been gaining in popularity all over the world.
The Birth of an Industry
Bouncer rental companies started to spring up in large numbers across the US around 1994. In 2005 Forbes magazine listed Bouncer rental companies as one of the fastest growing areas in small business. Some bouncer manufacturers now offer bouncer company start-up packages to help you grow your business. Overall the history of the bouncehouse is an interesting one. New developments in bouncer technology are occurring everyday so who knows what the future holds for the bouncer industry.