All About Daybeds: The Glorious Piece of Furniture You Should Be Using

All About Daybeds: The Glorious Piece of Furniture You Should Be Using

Arlyn Hernandez
Aug 8, 2016
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I like to compare the humble daybed to the nerdy kid in school that followed you around relentlessly, but you brushed off constantly; that same kid who grew up to invent some amazing app we all use everyday, and make bank from it. You ask yourself: "Why didn't I pay more attention to them before?!?"

All superficial (and gold-digger) jokes aside, that is the underlying story of the daybed. It's that piece of furniture that graced your childhood room (or was that just me?) that you resented because it didn't look like a "real" bed, but now, as an adult, you realize is far more chic and useful and full of potential than you ever gave it credit for.

The daybed is a really smart solution to tiny space living. It's a sofa and a bed, all in one, and can be styled with pretty pillows and throws while you're not sleeping on it so your space comes off more like a living room than a bedroom. They are as deep as a twin bed, so when being used as a sofa, they are extra deep and down right delicious to cuddle up on.

Now, the daybed comes in many varieties. Some take the form of an extra deep bench, which lends a very European sense to your home. Others, and my personal favorite, are more traditional with a back and arms, and can be used everywhere from the bedroom, to the living room, to the porch/balcony/patio to dens and offices. Heck, it's even worth trying on in the dining room!

Check out these 15 gorgeous rooms where the daybed is the star.

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Designer and blogger Lauren McGrath (who works with her mother Suzanne for their firm McGrath II) employed a faux-bamboo daybed in her 250-square-foot New York studio apartment, featured in Domino.

Corners in rooms can be tricky, especially for furniture. A bench-style daybed is the perfect solution, like the one above from KK Living.

Sometimes while you work really, really hard, a power nap is in order, right? Having a daybed in your home office (like this one from Elle Decor) is just as convenient as it is lovely.

Of course heralded shoe designer Bruno Frisoni of Roger Vivier would have a home in Tangier as fabulous as the one featured in Vogue, complete with facing daybeds—the perfect set up for afternoon tea and lengthy conversations (or catnaps).

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Featured in House Beautiful, designer Stephen Shubel smartly created a dual-purpose furnishing for the above project, where cubbies come together as the base for a daybed. This would be a great space-saving solution for a small living room: bookcase and sofa in one!

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Daybeds should have a much greater fate than just living indoors all the time. This lovely porch from Coastal Living shows one hanging from rope for the ultimate porch swing.

This plant-happy corner, spotted on retailer Free People's website (though the product is no longer available), channels our inner Justina Blakeney jungalow.

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Here's inspiration from another retailer, this time, it's Urban Outfitters. We think a daybed like this one would work really well to separate spaces in an open (or small) floor plan.

Chicago-based designer Tracy Hickman created a cozy and inviting porch setup with an ultra-deep daybed. We can see ourselves lounging around all summer and fall on this baby. If you want to try the look, remember to pick a material for the frame that will wear well outdoors (the one above is teak), and that the cushions are made of outdoor fabric, which will resist fading and mold/mildew.

It's hard not to have a room crush on this Copenhagen space, seen on Mad & Bolig. The pop of cerulean blue from the daybed energizes the neutral finishes.

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A daybed is the perfect solution for a spare bedroom, where you want to create space for overnight guests, but also leave room for a desk. Opting for a daybed rather than a bed saves space since you can push it up against the wall length-wise, leaving more walking room. (via Homedit)

Talk about swoon-worthy! Just imagine leaning back, reading a book, maybe dosing off for a few minutes, and then digging your toes into a shaggy, puffy rug. This room (featured in an inspiration gallery on Citizen Atelier), is a (literal) dream.

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A deep daybed in a common room is a great spot to curl up and kick back with your little ones (or anyone, really). (via Land of Nod)

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Emily Henderson absolutely falls into the "I have a design crush on her" category. Her daughter's nursery features a vintage daybed so she can get in plenty of baby snuggles.

West Elm's Parsons daybed is the star of Meg's guest bedroom. A trundle bed creates plenty of sleeping space for guests.

→Hey guess what! If you want to incorporate a daybed into your home's design, we rounded up 14 of our favorites here.

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