What Is a Daybed?

What Is a Daybed?

Written by Faisal Mughal

Last Updated on Apr 26, 2022

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    You might have heard of daybeds a lot while looking for some space-saving bed frames. So, what is a daybed? Daybeds are three-sided short beds made from wood or metals. You can use it for lounging, seating, and sleeping purposes anywhere in your home or the backyard. 

    Still, confused? Don’t worry; our detailed article explains the purpose of a daybed, its benefits, usage, styles, and comparisons with other types of beds.

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    So, What Is a Daybed Exactly?

    Daybeds are three-sided short beds identical to a couch. The daybed dimensions are 38 inches wide by 75 inches long. Daybeds can easily fit a twin or a full-size mattress. The depth of a daybed is 38 inches. 

    Some daybeds are large enough to accommodate a full-size mattress. They are made from wood, metal or a combination of both. Daybeds also have a foundation to support the bed. 

    Daybeds are used as beds, lounges, or couches. Most people use daybeds for reclining, seating, and sleeping purposes. You can use daybeds in small-sized apartments, guest rooms, and family rooms as a space-saving option.

    What Is a Trundle Bed?

    A trundle bed is a daybed with an additional mattress below the primary mattress. The size of a trundle mattress is identical to the mattress above. The maximum thickness of a trundle mattress is 8 inches. 

    Modern-day daybeds with trundle mattresses have a pull mechanism. It allows the user to pull the bed at a height similar to the primary mattress. Instead of a trundle mattress, some daybeds come with trays, sideboards, and drawers that provide extra storage space. You can accommodate additional guests using the extra space.

    Benefits of a Daybed

    Daybeds come with a variety of benefits. Some benefits of daybed are -

    • Daybeds with trundles can be used to accommodate additional guests.
    • Daybeds act as a couch during daytime and bed during the night, an excellent resource for studio apartments with less space.
    • Daybeds are cheap compared to other bed types.
    • Readily available in the market in different styles
    • It can be used in bedrooms, living rooms, guest rooms, kid’s rooms, and offices.

    Where to Put a Daybed?

    Daybeds are multifunctional and can be used in any space, irrespective of size. You can put a daybed in -

    • Small Apartments - Daybeds can easily fit in a small-sized room and act as a sofa and a single bed
    • Living Rooms - You can use it as a couch during the daytime and a sleeping space during the night
    • Guest Rooms - You can use a daybed in your guest room to accommodate additional guests
    • Outdoor - Daybeds can be used in your backyard to relax and enjoy early sunlight.

    How to Use a Daybed?

    You can use a daybed in different forms depending upon your requirements.

    • Get a metal daybed frame if you want to use the daybed as a bed in the guest room. You can throw pillows along with sheets for additional comfort.
    • Get an upholstery bedframe if you want to use the daybed as a couch for reclining or seating purposes.
    • You can use a twin-sized daybed for the living room as it can also act as a sofa and a full-size daybed for your bedroom.

    How to Style a Daybed?

    The best part about daybeds is that you can decorate them with all your creativity and improve the style quotient of your living space. But before that, you need to decide where you want to put the daybed. 

    Once you determine the place, select the daybed bed frame you want to go with. Different options such as wood, metal, wicker frames are available in the market. But the one option that stands out the most is the upholstery fabric bed frame.

    Different Daybed Styles

    Daybed gives you the freedom to show your creativity and style your bedroom according to your wish. We have listed a few tips that can help you raise the style quotient of your bedroom.

    Daybed with Trundle

    Daybed with a trundle has an extra mattress beneath the mattress’s top layer. Modern-day daybeds with trundle mattresses have a pull mechanism. It allows the user to pull the bed at a height similar to the primary mattress. You can then accommodate additional guests using the extra space.

    Outdoor Daybed

    Outdoor daybeds are similar to sofas with more upholstery fabric. The mattresses used in outdoor beds are very thin. The backs of outdoor daybeds are specially designed for an upright position. You can use outdoor daybeds for reclining in your backyard or alongside the pool.

    Upholstered Daybed

    Upholstery fabric bed frames make the most popular daybeds. They provide extra cushions on the three sides and comfort while reclining or seating. Upholstered daybeds are an excellent option for living room and outdoor daybeds.

    Wooden Daybed

    Wooden daybeds are the modern style for daybeds. Wooden daybeds are known for their strength, looks, and lightweight. They are much more durable and are easy to move if you need to change their positions. If you want to place the daybed in the living room for seating or reclining, wooden beds are the best choice.

    Daybeds vs Sofa Beds

    Both sofa beds and daybeds are used for leaning and seating purposes. However, there is a slight difference between a daybed and a sofa bed. Daybeds are fixed and need to be moved when converting from a couch to a bed. On the other hand, sofa beds have a hidden frame that needs to be pulled out to transform from a sofa to a bed.

    Daybed vs Futon

    The dimensions of a daybed are much smaller than that of a futon. Mattresses used in futon beds are big and bulky, while those used in daybeds are standard mattresses such as twin and full-size mattresses. Futon doesn’t have an option for storage; on the other hand, daybeds have storage space such as cabinets and drawers.

    Daybeds vs Twin Beds

    Almost all the daybeds fit a twin size mattress, but there is a slight difference between a daybed and a twin bed. Daybeds have frames on all three sides of the bed or, in the worst case, at least on two of its sides; on the other hand, twin beds only have a single frame on one of their sides.



    The Final Word

    Modern living spaces do not have sufficient space that gives you the freedom to use oversized beds. Daybeds can be used as beds, lounges, or couches and act as a space-saving option. You can place daybeds anywhere in your home and get the dual benefits of sofa and bed. 

    Happy Sleeping!

    This article is for informational purposes and should not replace advice from your doctor or other medical professional.
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