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Your Guide to Day Beds

Last updated: April 2024

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Picture this: a beautiful piece of seating during the day that effortlessly transforms into a comfy bed by night. A day bed is perfect for those seeking a versatile solution to make the most out of their small space or create a cosy retreat for their guests. The question is, which one do you choose? And how can you make it seamlessly fit into your living space? Let's explore the basics, and the details, from comfort to style and everything in between.

What is a day bed, anyway?

A day bed is a magical blend of style, comfort, and functionality all rolled into one, serving both as a stylish sofa and a comfortable bed. In other words, it's an amazingly versatile piece of furniture, a dreamy blend of practicality and charm

By day, it effortlessly transforms into a seating spot for lounging, reading, or marathoning your favourite shows. Or, if you're among the 124% increase in the percentage of people working from bed, it could make a comfortable spot to be on-task in. Then, when the sun sets, it unfolds into a heavenly bed, ready to accommodate your guests or provide you with a restful night's sleep. instead.

Why is it called a day bed?

You might wonder, why the name "day bed"? Well, it's not just because it's ideal for daytime relaxation. The term originated in the 16th century, but day beds have existed for thousands of years, with origins traced back to ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt, and China (to name but a few).

The term "day bed" came about through the Victorian revival. As a generation, they were keen on bringing back historical styles, and adapting them into what were at the time modern uses. Et voila, the day bed as we know it came to be. They were designed to provide a relaxing place for daytime naps or rest, offering a respite from the busy hustle and bustle of life. They were also considered to be very fashionable items to have in the home and were showcased to guests when hosting.

So, think of them as your sanctuary, where you can unwind and rejuvenate during the day, while effortlessly doubling up as a fabulous centrepiece for your room.

Styling a day bed in your home

Now, let's talk about the exciting part — styling your day bed! With their sleek lines and compact design, day beds effortlessly complement any room, whether it's a studio apartment, guest room, or dreamy reading nook. Embrace your creativity and adorn it with an array of plush cushions, soft throws, and vibrant accents to reflect your unique style.

Consider how you'll use it during the day and then at night – do you want to snuggle up with maximum layers, or are you more of a simple sleeper? Create a bohemian vibe with an array of textured pillows and a chunky knit blanket. If you love a minimalistic look, choose a few stunning cushions and a simple blanket, or go for a modern look with crisp white linens and geometric-patterned cushions.

Think about where the day bed will go and how it'll flow in your space. Place it against a feature wall to create a striking focal point or by a window to enjoy the natural light while lounging. Don't forget to add a side table or a small shelf for your books, candles, or a cup of tea.

Then there are materials to think about – the Northwood wooden day bed will easily fit into any room as it has coloured inserts that allow you to change the vibe and match your colour palette. Or you can opt for the Kylie metal day bed if you're after a traditional look with its beautiful swirled design.

Remember, nothing is set in stone. The great thing about day beds is that you can redecorate around them and switch up your bedding as your style develops.

What about storage options?

We understand the importance of maximising every inch of space, especially in small living quarters. That's why many day beds come with built-in storage solutions that are as functional as they are fashionable.

Imagine having hidden drawers right beneath your mattress, providing a discreet and convenient space to tuck away extra bedding, pillows, or even your collection of blankets. It's like having a secret hideaway for your storage needs.

But the storage options don't stop there. Our white wooden day beds feature shelves and compartments along the sides, allowing you to display your favourite books, decorative items, and even small potted plants. It's a clever way to add a personal touch to your room and showcase your style while keeping your essentials within arm's reach.

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Getting comfy on a day bed

Getting comfy on a day bed is an experience like no other. It's all about creating an oasis where you can unwind and relax to your heart's content. The secret lies in choosing the right mattress and bedding to ensure maximum comfort.

Opt for a high-quality single mattress in a comfort grade to suit you, and make sure it provides the perfect balance of support and softness. Memory foam mattresses are good for side, back and front sleepers, plus people who suffer from back pain. And hybrid mattresses ensure a restful sleep for side and front sleepers, as well as people with allergies or who overheat at night. Layer it up with sumptuous sheets, fluffy pillows, and a snug duvet to create a nest of comfort. You can even add a mattress topper for an extra layer of comfort and make sitting and sleeping feel like you're resting on a cloud.

For more help and advice, take a look at our guide on which mattress type is best for you.

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What's the cost of a day bed?

When it comes to pricing, day beds offer an excellent balance between affordability and style. With options ranging from budget-friendly choices to higher-end designs, there's one to suit every pocket. Prices vary depending on factors such as materials, craftsmanship, and additional features like storage drawers. But fear not, even with a modest budget, you can find a fabulous day bed that will transform your space into a homely haven without breaking the bank.

Are day beds good for children and adults?

Absolutely! Day beds are a fantastic choice for both children and adults. They offer a versatile solution that caters to the needs of all ages. Let's dive into why day beds are a win-win for everyone in the family.

For children, day beds provide a comfortable space for relaxation, playtime, or even for hosting sleepovers with their friends. With the right mattress and bedding, it becomes a delightful spot for them to unwind, read their favourite books, or let their imagination run wild. Plus, their modern designs add a touch of charm to their room, creating a space they'll love to call their own.

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Now, let's not forget about the adults. Day beds are ideal beds for adults who want to maximise space and style without compromising on comfort. Perfect for entertaining, snoozing, unwinding, and enjoying a movie, you can transform your living room or bedroom into a multifunctional space. And when guests come to stay, simply reconfigure the day bed into a restful sleeping spot.

So, whether you're catering to the needs of your little ones or creating a functional and inviting space for guests, day beds are a wonderful choice that brings joy and comfort to all ages.

What rooms are best for day beds?

In small apartments or studio flats, day beds work wonders. Transform your living room into a multipurpose space that allows you to lounge with friends, catch up on your favourite TV shows, and enjoy a peaceful evening alone.

Day beds also shine in guest rooms. With them, you can create a welcoming retreat that transforms into a comfortable bed with ease, ensuring your guests feel right at home. Not to mention, they are fantastic for creating reading nooks or home offices. Set up a day bed by a sunny window, adorn it with plush cushions, and create a corner of relaxation where you can immerse yourself in a captivating book or tackle your workload.

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Other space saving beds

If you need a space-saving bed or guest bed, you'll be delighted to know that there are other options to consider too. Folding beds, high sleeper beds and sofa beds are just a few alternatives that are great for small spaces. Each offers unique benefits and functionality. If you want more information, check out our guide to space-saving beds.

So, whether you're seeking a comfy retreat for yourself or looking to create a welcoming space for guests, a day bed is the perfect solution. With its versatility, comfort, and style, it's time to embrace the beauty and practicality of this delightful piece of furniture. Transform your space into a haven of relaxation and enjoy the endless space-saving possibilities it will bring to your home.