Once consigned to the candy pink nightmare that is the little princesses’ bedroom alongside non-blinking dollies and posters of kittens – daybeds, with their gluttonous variety of styles are once again gracing more grownup rooms in our houses.
Believe it or not, daybeds were saving space and adding laid back style to homes long before Linda Barker continuously mispronounced the word “contemporary” to describe their modernizing effect- yes Linda, day beds really can bring a box room bang up to date but in no way are they “contemprehery”. Daybeds first gained notable popularity in China during the Ming dynasty from 1368 to 1644. Although hardly resembling the first daybeds, today’s daybeds still emphasize the dual purpose, space saving theme of their eastern predecessors.
Daybeds provide comfortable, couch-like seating options by day and soft, cosy beds by night. Perfect for homes and apartments with limited living space- so that’s most of them then!
Most daybeds consist of three pieces: two side panels and one back panel. Each frame holds a standard twin mattress. Keep in mind most daybeds require some minor assembly. Almost all are crafted from wood, iron, metal or a combination wood and metal. Coming in a variety of finishes, you’ll easily find a daybed to match your personal style. We’ve seen an endless variety of daybeds including Mission, Chateau, Sleigh, Colonial and Victorian.
Day link springs create stable daybeds. Simply a cross bar that runs from the two side panels across the front of the frame, the day link spring gives the mattress extra support for sitting or sleeping. The day link spring is included with many daybeds or can be purchased separately.
Beyond traditional single-mattress daybeds, pop-up trundle daybeds double the sleeping surface. Instead of a twin, pop-up trundle daybeds give you a king size bed when fully extended. During the day, the full mattress hides under the daybed.
Traditional trundle daybeds, another option, pull out to provide a second sleeping surface. The trundle mattress does not elevate, but stays in place, low to the ground. Traditional trundle daybeds work well for children’s sleepovers. Both varieties of trundle daybeds are painless to use- even children can pull them out or push them back into place.
When well-decorated, daybeds can be the aesthetic focal point of any room. By adding a few accessories, you can transform daybeds into striking fashion statements or help them blend seamlessly with your existing decor. Comforters for daybeds often have matching window treatments so you can further spread a theme that you started through your blinds or curtains. Alternatively, an old daybed can take on a new lease of life with complementing linens and pillows or brand new designer bedding.
With the average British home officially shrinking every year, daybeds provide a truly convenient option. A sofa by day and a bed by night, daybeds convert seamlessly, saving precious space in cramped apartments and rooms. No longer forgotten under a pile of stuffed toys and diamante tiaras, daybeds are a relevant and up-to-date design tool in the armoury of the style conscious homeowner.