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Decorating with Daybeds

I am intrigued when I see rooms that include a daybed. I haven’t seen a daybed other than in a photograph since I was young and a friend had one in her bedroom that looked like a sofa but served as an extra bed when she had an overnight guest.

A daybed is simply a piece of furniture that is a cross between a sofa and a bed.  Many daybeds are backless, but some have backs. They often have a daybed-size or twin-size mattress as a base so that they can easily be made into a bed as needed.

Most frequently, I see daybeds in bedrooms where they can be used as seating during the day and provide an extra bed for guests at night:

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In the recent Coastal Living showhouse, Mark D. Sikes cleverly used a pair of daybeds as twin beds in a bedroom:

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Daybeds allow rooms to serve multiple purposes.  In the guest room below, the pretty sleigh daybed acts like a sofa so that the room can be used as a sitting room:


Alexa Hampton’s inclusion of a daybed in her New York City apartment’s guest room allows the space to be used as a sitting room when there are no guests:

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In Mark D. Sikes’ California home, a daybed allows the study to do double-duty as a guest room:

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Daybeds aren’t just for creating additional bedroom capacity or adding bedroom functionality to other rooms. They are often used to enhance other parts of the home in their own right.

They are lovely for lounging outdoors or on porches:

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In large living rooms, a floating daybed can divide the room into multiple seating areas. Daybeds without backs are particularly useful in this way, because they keep the sight-lines open in the room.

Carlos Aparicio via Mark D. Sikes blog
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Domino via Zuniga Interiors
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Daybeds are useful for floating in front of a fireplace:

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Daybeds can also be used under a window as a window seat:

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Daybeds can create cozy sitting nooks in a variety of rooms and provide a nice spot for napping and relaxing:

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A daybed can serve as a bench in a foyer or hallway:

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Daybeds certainly can serve many purposes. There are many different styles of daybeds available for purchase at One Kings Lane, Ballard Designs, and Serena & Lily.

Would you consider including a daybed among your home furnishings?

15 thoughts on “Decorating with Daybeds

  1. Great article! Great images! I daybeds. I have since I was young – I must have seen one somewhere and decided it was something special. I put one in my daughter’s nursery 26 years ago, handed it down to a young teenage niece who thought it was amazing at the time, and then full circle – found a vintage daybed at GW and put it in my last One Room Challenge, which is our guestroom and the original nursery. I love the versatility of daybeds. I will definitely pass out if I ever find one of those rattan daybeds while out thrifting. Dream come true!!


  2. I used a daybed for my oldest daughter after moving out of her crib. At the time, her room was tiny and having a daybed up against the wall instead of a twin bed protruding into the middle of the room worked perfectly! Now she uses daybeds in both of her daughters room. These are some lovely uses and beautiful daybeds.

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