Although thatch is popular in Germany, The Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium and Ireland, there are more thatched roofs in the United Kingdom than in any other European country. Wikipedia. HAVE YOU EVER seen a canopy bed and wondered what the canopy was for? Here's the answer: In days of yore, a thatched roof (with no wood underneath) was a good place for small animals (mice, bugs) to hide. There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence. www.realjock.com.