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How to Hang a Mosquito Net

18.05.2015 | Travel How To Guides

A mosquito net can be a life-saving piece of kit for travelers but if you’ve never hung a mosquito net it can be a worry. In this guide we take you through how best to hang your mosquito net.

1. Pull out your net from the stuff sack and spread it onto the bed or floor. This will make it easier to identify the hanging points.

2. Next check for somewhere to suspend your net. You will need to hang your mosquito net from the ceiling or a high place on the wall. There may already be a hook or a beam where you can easily attach a hook. If you are outside a tree is a good place to secure your net to.

3. Wedge or bell mosquito nets only need one suspension point directly above where your head will be. Ridge nets will need two hanging points in line with each other. Box nets require four hanging points to allow the net to be hung in a square shape.

4. A hanging kit, which will include hooks and cord, will often come with your mosquito net. If you are lucky there may be an exposed ceiling joist, you won’t even need hooks and can just use the cord to loop around the beam. If there are no beams or hooks already fixed you will need to screw your own hooks in (make sure the hotel or hostel you are staying at allows this!). If you are finding it difficult make a starter hole with a penknife.

5. Thread a piece of cord through each of your hanging point loops and tie. If there are no loops you can use a safety pin to attach the cord to your net. Using the cord to attach to the hooks, instead of attached the net directly to the hook will help avoid the material being ripped.

6. Attach the cord to the hook/s.

7. The rest of your net needs to be tucked in underneath your mattress or sleeping mat to ensure no mosquitos will be able to get in.

wedge-mosquito-netChoosing your Mosquito Net

Wedge Mosquito Net
A wedge mosquito net is generally the most popular amongst travelers as it is due to its lightweight and portable design. They are relatively easy to put up as there is only one hanging point. A wedge mosquito net is only really suitable for a single person/bed as there is limited space inside.

ridge-mosquito-netRidge Mosquito Net
A ridge mosquito net provides more space than a wedge net and is still relatively easy to hang as it only requires two hanging points.
Hanging a ridge mosquito net is very similar to hanging a wedge mosquito net – however you will need to two hanging points up high.

Box Mosquito Netbox-mosquito-net
A box mosquito net is the hardest to hang as you will need to find four suitable points to hang from. They are however the most spacious (the extra space allows for better circulation, especially important in humid countries) and are ideal for double beds. A box mosquito net tends to be a bulkier than the wedge or ridge nets.

Top Tips for Hanging a Mosquito Net

  • Practice makes perfect! It’s always best to have a few practices before you set off on your travels. You don’t want to arrive at your hostel late and have a panic about setting it up.
  • If you are concerned there will be nowhere to hang your mosquito net take some suction or adhesive hooks (which will require no screwing in) with you. Duct tape is also a useful piece of kit for securing your net to walls or ceilings.
  • You don’t have to attach your net to the ceiling or wall- door or window frames are also good attachment points. You can even use safety pins to attach your net to a curtain if you are really stuck for hanging points!
  • It’s important to check the netting for any holes or tears which would make your net useless. When hanging be careful not to snag the material with the hooks. You can patch up any holes with safety pins or duct tape.