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:
In the recent Coastal Living showhouse, Mark D. Sikes cleverly used a pair of daybeds as twin beds in a bedroom:
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:
In Mark D. Sikes’ California home, a daybed allows the study to do double-duty as a guest room:
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:
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.
Daybeds are useful for floating in front of a fireplace:
Daybeds can also be used under a window as a window seat:
Daybeds can create cozy sitting nooks in a variety of rooms and provide a nice spot for napping and relaxing:
A daybed can serve as a bench in a foyer or hallway:
Would you consider including a daybed among your home furnishings?