Daybeds have been long cherished for their versatility and well-appointed aesthetic. With a history tracing back to Ancient Egypt, 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 relaxed lounge vibe. If you will be using your daybed regularly as a sofa and find it too deep, 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 are in. Padded daybeds will look and sit more like a sofa, requiring fewer 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.
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 a less standard size than their indoor counterparts, a spacious spot to lounge turns your pool-side patio or back yard into an oasis. Many outdoor daybeds feature optional canopies so you can relax in comfort even on the sunniest of afternoons.