The yahoos at Apartment Therapy ran a feature the other day about hanging mosquito netting over a bed or reading look to lend a pretty, soft, outdoors-y touch to your home. Pah!
Here were their suggestions, though I found some different photos to better illustrate the absurdity of this idea.
- Hang mosquito netting over a four-post bed to accentuate the space it encloses.
- Circle just the crown of the bed with a smaller round canopy, as in this airy bedroom.
- Establish gauzy "walls" for an outdoor dining room.
- Canopy a lounge area to stay bug-free when hanging out this summer.
- Create a mystical reading nook simply by enclosing a small area with mosquito netting and placing a floor cushion inside.
Mosquito nets can't be made pretty or cool no matter who's advancing them. If you live in a place where you need one, any of the set ups shown here or on the AT feature won't help you.
This kind of mindlessness drives me nuts. According to the World Health Organization, 247 million people worldwide contracted malaria in 2008 and a million of them died. The chief preventive for malaria is the humble mosquito net and those million deaths were caused by a lack of access to one.
Malaria's not such a problem in the developed world that people need to sleep under nets. In the tropical developing world, it's another story all together.
Here's an idea. If you're overcome with the need to drape a mosquito net canopy over your bed, stop. Instead of spending that money on a bad idea, why not donate it to Malaria No More? Malaria No More will take a ten dollar donation from you and get a mosquito net into the hands of someone whose life depends on it.
Seriously, can anybody look at these photographs and say to themselves, "Self, let's do that!" Save yourself the public shaming and turn that urge into something positive. Once again, that website is Malaria No More.
This is the proper use of a mosquito net, saving a life.