An often overlooked furniture option, daybeds have been long cherished for their ardent versatility and well-appointed aesthetic. With a history tracing back to Ancient Egypt, Rome and Asia, daybeds were prized pieces affording comfort and relaxation. Functioning as sofa or lounge by day and a bed by night, today’s daybeds turn a kid’s room into an ultimate teen hang-out, a cramped studio apartment into a multifunctional living space, and a home office or game room into an instant guest suite.
With a construction that does not require a box spring foundation, daybeds provide room underneath the mattress. This space-savvy design can be used for a trundle holding an extra mattress, for storage drawers or to provide an open look.
Because of the standard twin sized mattress dimensions, a daybed has a slightly deeper seat than a conventional sofa. This can lend a regal European flair or a relaxed lounge vibe. If you will be using your daybed regularly as a sofa and find the depth too expansive, invest in a collection of generously sized accent pillows to create a scatter-back style that will improve the fit and comfort.
From classic to contemporary, daybeds can set a stylish tone in any room they inhabit. Padded, upholstered daybeds will look and sit more like a sofa, requiring fewer toss pillows across the back to achieve seating comfort. Wood and metal daybeds often have a bench like appearance. More modern daybeds offer the aesthetic of a chic backless couch or chaise lounge.
Adelaide Butternut Daybed
French Quarter Metal Daybed
For a daybed in a bedroom, you have more freedom to choose an option that reads more like a bed. Options with canopies or bookcase storage fit this niche.
The daybed trend has made its way outdoors as well. While less standard in size than their indoor counterparts, the concept of an spacious spot to lounge turns your pool side patio or back yard in to a vacation-like oasis. Many outdoor daybeds feature optional canopies so you can relax in comfort even on the sunniest of afternoons.