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At age 7, my oldest was just getting far too old for a Pingu themed room. He had already taken out all of the toys - but he had Pingu murals on all the walls. When we told him we would redecorate he was over the moon. He decided on a military theme, with green brown and camouflage walls and a number of camouflage items. He also really wanted a bed tent of some type, even if it was just curtains around the bed but we finally settled one a set of bunk beds and this net. We ended up liking it so much we bought a second one for my youngest son who has a dinosaur room.
When we decided to use camouflage netting to build a hut - we did a bit of research. There are quite a few types of nets and there are massive differences. For instance, some of the ones sold for hunting or ex military netting can be made of string with patches of false leaves and large bare areas. This would not create the den effect we were looking for, and I don't like the idea of strong nylon ropes with holes large enough to stick a head through hanging in a child's room. Other nets made for indoor use are actually made of bin bag material. Apparently it works for a theme party, but not for everyday use in a child's room - although one is marketed for just that. What I wanted was a net made of a good quality nylon type material like is used for tents. But this did not prove easy to find. After enlarging the picture of this net, I thought it was nylon - but I wasn't sure and it doesn't say. I decided to order anyway as it was from Amazon so I decided to take a chance, assuming I could return it if it was rubbish.
When this arrived I was very happy with this set. First off, it a tent type material,and quite thick as well. It is a dark green on one side and brown on the other, with a pattern sliced through it that gives it a leafy effect and a mix of the two colours. The net size was given as 7ft x 3.5ft by Amazon, but both of ours ended up longer than this. On my oldest son's bunk beds this had plenty of room to fold over and still reaches the floor - which means any mess under the bed is always covered up. This really looks so much better long than the short one pictured by Amazon. We use under the bed for board game storage so it's nice that you can not see all the boxes. My youngest has a mid height bed and did have blue tent panels beneath it. As there was too much fabric left at the bottom we had to cut a large strip off - which worked a charm to decorate the top of a window, the side of a set of shelves and another wee bit on another set of shelves.
Both of my sons absolutely love their new dens. With my oldest having an army theme room, of course this is perfect and it really does set the whole room off, but it goes very nicely with the dinosaur room as well. My youngest has all four walls painted in a wrap around dinosaur theme, but adding a few bits of camouflage did give it a more grown up Jurassic Park style look. This would be lovely with a jungle, forest or rain forest theme as well - or even a hunting / fishing theme for an older boy. The children really love having the extra privacy this affords. It makes a really cosy place to curl up and read a book, a slightly darkened area if you want to sleep late in the morning, or a fun hut to play in. They especially enjoy sitting in these shining a torch through the "leaves". There is even a slight rustling sound as they move.
In addition to the net, Amazon advertised a light switch cover as included with this set. I wasn't expecting much, thinking it would most likely just be a wee sticker. It is a plastic cover with stick on pads and a camouflage sticker already in place. You just peel the paper from the pads and op it on. I was surprised to see these sell for £6.99 on their own. It does add a nice accent to both rooms and seems to be holding up well.
I am absolutely delighted with this set - in fact I may buy more if I can afford it later. I'd love to cover up some of the toy shelves giving an even jungle look to the rooms without losing the storage space. Also I would point out that this really only covers the length of the bed. I just cover the other end with a flag or camouflage blanket. I'd love to get an extra one to cover foot of the bed. There are times when I even wish I could just cover the entire room in these ( my son is not naturally tidy). This is much better than expected - and I think they could do with a more detailed description on Amazon. These did cost £14.99 each, but considering the difference it makes in the boys rooms,a nd how much they really love these, it was money well spent - and dooyoo vouchers covered the first one.
The net does not include any material to attach it to the bed - so this up to you. You can just tuck it in alongside the mattress, but keep in mind if using a more permanent attachment that a child could fall and become tangled in this. You most certainly do not want anything sturdy enough to hold a child's weight. It's better for the net to crash down then the child hang from it. String and rope can also pose a strangulation hazard. I think velcro tabs sewn to the top of the net and stuck to the bed would make the best option, but at the moment these are hanging from curtain wires to stiff to coil around a child's neck by accident, and very loosely attached so that they pop off with any pulling.