Netting designed to hang over beds or be strung from the canopy can be either fashionable or functional. White or coloured sheers look extravagant when threaded and hanging from canopy beds and matched with the rest of the decor. Insect netting is the most popular in tropical climates in order to keep out mosquitoes and other bugs.
There are several types of netting available to decorate the area above a bed. Beds with tall poles will not need to drill into the ceiling and are therefore easier to install; all other styles of beds require a few tools and screws to secure the netting. The installation process depends on the style of netting, although DIYers (Do-It-Yourself) can hang most types with just a few items and household tools. Decorators can find everything they need, from netting to tools at specialty camping, fabric, and hardware shops or online auctions, such as eBay.
Types of Bed Netting
Netting comes in an array of styles, colours, and sizes, so before buying, it is important to consider all of the options. If the netting is intended for purely decorative purposes, the buyers do not have to concern themselves with effectively enclosing the space around the bed. Canopy beds only need sheer ones draped and arranged around the tall poles. This type of netting has the most colour options and can be styled in a variety of ways. Knotting the netting around the top of the canopy poles keeps them in place and from dragging the floor. Decorators should choose colours that match the existing colour schemes.
Should the netting be used to keep out pesky insects, then shoppers need to look for safety options and other features. Buyers should make sure the bed is completely encompassed in netting and there is no way for insects to get in; it should also have some way of opening. While some nettings use zippers to open and close the netting, users run the risk of snagging and tearing the netting. Buyers should instead opt for insect netting that has snaps, magnetic strips, or Velcro. The netting should fall a few inches below the top of the bed.
Tools Needed to Install Netting
Installing netting over a bed will require putting a few holes in the wall or ceiling. The first tool needed is a stud finder. A stud finder will help locate the stud and eliminate guessing where they are, reducing the number of holes in the ceiling. Decorators should have both screws and drywall anchors on hand. A screwdriver will get the job done, but a power drill will have it done even faster. If more than one hole is needed in the ceiling, buyers may want to use a pencil and tape measure to ensure the screws are evenly placed. Lastly, the netting manufacturer should supply the only other hardware needed, which is typically hooks and other mounting hardware.
How to Install Netting for Your Bed
The installation process for suspending netting over a bed depends on the style and the mounting hardware. Buyers must purchase netting that is correctly sized for their bed; netting that is too long can be hazardous and unsightly, and too short will not provide adequate coverage. Netting wrapped around a canopy should require no additional tools. Wedge nets can be mounted to a wall or ceiling. Bell-shaped nets typically have a single point of suspension, and box nets have four, one at each corner. Although anyone installing netting should consult the manual before beginning, there are basic instructions provided below on how to properly install several types of netting above the bed.
Installing Canopy Netting
The easiest netting to install is for canopy beds. There is no need for screws or other hardware, only an artistic eye. Decorating a canopy bed with netting is an easy way to change the look of the room without spending a fortune. Netting and sheers are available in an array of colours. The top of the canopy poles typically has a place to loop and knot the sheers. The bottom of the sheers should barely touch the floor. Decorators can even run two sets of sheers down the length of the bed; they can add two across horizontally in an accent colour for an extravagant look.
Installing Wedge Nets
Wedge nets are the least expensive and most primitive netting. They are named wedge because they are shaped like a wedge or a slice of pie. Low-hanging and suspended above the bed, wedge nets can be mounted on walls or ceilings and typically only cover single beds. Customers can use a stud finder to detect the stud if anchoring netting to the ceiling. However, if securing the wedge net to the wall, decorators can use drywall screws if a stud cannot be located. After the hardware has been mounted, the netting can be threaded and pulled to fit the edges of the bed.
Installing Bell Nets
The bell net is an elegant and easy-to-install netting option. Bell nets only need one support point to hang from. Decorators can use a stud finder to make the suspension hook. After the stud has been located, DIYers can use a screwdriver or drill to make the pilot hole. Most bell nets have a hook that holds the net in place. The manual should be consulted to determine how to install the support hardware. Once the anchor is in place, arrange the netting to cover the area of the bed. Many bell nets have ties or snaps that can open and close the netting.
Installing Box Nets
The box net has the largest encircled area; the main advantage of the box net is its improved circulation. Of the netting options, the box net is the most complex to install. Box nets require several points of suspension. After finding the studs in the wall, installers should use a tape measure and pencil to mark where the screws should go before drilling any holes. This ensures that the screws are properly spaced and aligned. After using a screw and drill to make the preliminary holes, customers then insert the hooks or other mounting hardware. Once the hardware is installed, the netting should be secured and arranged over the bed.
How to Buy Bed Netting for Your Bed on eBay
Once you have an idea of the style of netting you need and what size bed you have, you are ready to start your search on eBay. Type in "bed netting" or "mosquito netting" for a comprehensive look at the auction items. If you do not find what you are looking for here, be sure to check out eBay’s seller shops. Including keywords in your search helps narrow the scope of your results. "King size bed netting" and "pink bed netting" are two searches that yield specific results. For even more help enhancing your results, check out eBay’s Search Tips page.
eBay recognises not all customers looking for decorative netting have the same priorities, so eBay allows them to custom sort search results. To get the best deals on eBay, arrange items from lowest to highest price. eBay even adds in shipping costs to ensure their list is accurate. Shoppers can also sort results by distance from seller and time left in the auction.
When you have found the netting that suits your preferences and budget, you still have a few more pieces of information to gather before you make a bid or purchase. Read the listing in its entirety, including the terms and conditions, to understand the entire contents sale. Do not hesitate to "Ask a Question" to the seller if any part of the listing is unclear. If buying used netting, confirm there are no rips, stains, unusual smells or other damage before placing the bid.
The final step is checking the seller’s eBay history to see how past transactions have been handled. Pay special attention to the approval rating and feedback, and only buy from sellers with a high rating and positive comments. eBay awards sellers with a long history of customer satisfaction with a top rated seller status. Check to see if your seller is top rated by the designating icon next to his or her username.
Some styles of netting are put above the bed to enhance the ambiance of the room, and other styles of netting are used to keep insects out. If the netting is for decorative purposes, then buyers should match the colour scheme to optimise the aesthetics of the room. Should the netting be used to keep aggravating insects out, shoppers should look for netting with magnetic, Velcro, or snaps to keep it closed. If the bed does not have tall poles to drape the netting from, then decorators must drill into the ceiling or wall to hang the netting.
Single beds can often be covered by a wedge net that can be secured to a wall, but larger beds will require a bell or box style netting. Whether customers need the sheers or only a tool to get the job done, they can purchase the necessary items to install netting above their bed at hardware, outdoor, and fabrics stores or online marketplaces such as eBay.