Once upon a time—way back in ancient Egypt and Rome—the daybed was a place to rest, to eat, and to socialize, all while reclining. (Those were the days!) Today daybeds remain supremely versatile: One can provide a stylish perch for intimate conversation over tea, a place to settle in with a good book, or a cozy locale for an afternoon nap, not to mention a sofa or bed alternative. See the various styles below, plus tips for making them work for your space.
Tuck into the Entryway
A bench is usually the go-to option, but a daybed makes a wonderfully unexpected addition to the entryway, providing both style and function in spades. Shapely versions, such as the graceful curves of an English Regency rendition, can turn a relatively small space into a photo-worthy vignette.
Make a Study Multifunctional
A small study or den can also serve as an impromptu guest room, or a spot for a recharging nap, with the addition of a daybed. The clever application of throw pillows allows this quick-change piece to deliver the looks of a sofa with the capabilities of a twin bed. The addition of a trundle bed hidden underneath doubles your guest possibilities.
Try an Inventive Layout
For a novel take on a living room layout, consider using two daybeds as stand-ins for the more standard sofa-and-facing-chair layout. Their open shape keeps the eye moving straight through a space, creating a more airy feeling that’s ideal for entertaining, if less ideal for TV watching.
Add a Modern Moment
A flat daybed without adornments—in tufted leather for the ultimate élan—is a bold statement in modernity. Although it originated in the middle of the past century, it feels as fresh as if designed last week. We love to either match one with mod decor or create unexpected drama by placing one in a more traditional, ornate space.
Float Your Options
A pair of finished ends means a daybed looks great from any angle and doesn’t need to be up against a wall like most standard beds. The option to float one in the center of the room gives you added flexibility when it comes to furniture layout. A shapely version is more than worthy of being the centerpiece of a guest room.
Create a Window Seat
When a custom built-in window seat isn’t in the cards (we’ve got your back, renters), consider a daybed instead. It provides an ideal lounging spot for soaking up sunlight with none of the commitment of built-ins. A daybed under a living room window can also be a great way to add extra seating without blocking precious sunlight, thanks to its low profile.
Opt for a Grown-Up Bed
If your little one’s room is, well… little, a double-duty daybed can be a spot for story time during the day and transform into the perfectly sized toddler bed at night. The horizontal orientation creates a grounding focal point for the room, and the sophisticated shape can easily be repurposed for another room down the line.