Keeping mosquitoes away has never been so fashionable: here’s how to make a mosquito net!
Does the fight against mosquitoes haunt you and make you sleep at night? Have you tried them all, from the natural Bat-boxes to the less healthy chemicals on the market, but the results were not satisfactory? Certainly for those who live in the north it is a big problem. Why then do we not try to solve it with the help of bed nets? It’s a solution often not considered, but really effective! Moreover you can create simple do-it-yourself mosquito nets with little money and little effort, just have a minimum of manual skills and the desire to experiment!
These solutions are also aesthetically beautiful to look at and will give a touch of particular style to the furnishing of your bedroom, as well as having the practical utility of keeping away the annoying insects during your sleep.
So let’s see together a simple tutorial to create your own DIY mosquito nets, completely customized.
DIY mosquito net with simple structure
- Mosquito net fabric to cut (or tightly woven tulle)
- Wire or wood strips
- Dressmaker’s meter
- U-shaped hook
Measure the size of your mattress and the height from the foot of the bed to the ceiling, then add 6/7 cm to the measurements taken.
Cut the mosquito net fabric of the dimensions obtained, remaining abundant. If you want more security, you can create a double layer of cloth to overlap.
Drill a hole in the ceiling above the bed and insert a plug with a U-shaped hook, to which the mosquito net will hang.
Create a structure, circular or square, on which the mosquito net will rest and keep it open. It can be done with wooden strips or wire.
The perimeter of the created structure will be connected to the center of the same, through two diagonals (or rays) of wire. The string will be attached to this frame, which will then bind to the hook hanging from the ceiling.
Hang the mosquito net on the hook and tie it tightly with string, so as to curl it properly and not leave holes or passages for mosquitoes.
Arrange the mosquito net so that it has a single opening, where the sheet remains overlapped and does not open, so it is better to remain abundant in cutting it.
You can glue the mosquito net to the created structure with hot glue (which remains as described in the tutorial), then cover it with another piece of mosquito net, fixed in the same way to the hook and falling abundantly into a cone, beyond the structure same.
To create a decorative motif, you can attach the mosquito net to the structure in some places, with a nail or with hot glue. It will be enough to abound with the measures, so that you can make a drapery with the extra fabric.
Instead of a structure you can create two, of different sizes: the smaller one to be placed at the top, towards the ceiling, and the larger one at the bottom, at a distance of at least 50 cm. The two structures will be connected to each other via the internal frame.
Your do-it-yourself mosquito nets can be customized and varied according to the furnishings of the room in which they will be placed:
- using the tulle instead of the standard fabric you can choose the color and have fun overlapping also tulle of different shades;
- instead of string, more rustic and less visible, you can use colorful ribbons of satin, fabric or strips of colored tulle;
- especially when it comes to bed nets for children, it is nice to apply colored decorations such as butterflies or felt, bows or fluorescent stars with hot glue, which will light up in the dark;
- other decorations, such as beads or pendants in oriental style, you can also hang them on the structure or at the edge of the mosquito nets, to make them heavier and less fluttering.