Whether you live in a small space or just prefer more streamlined living, you can't go wrong with investing in multifunctional furniture pieces that have dual purposes — like sleeper sofas, storage coffee tables, and even daybeds.
Daybeds can act as a bed and a sofa, so they're perfect for creating an inviting nook for lounging, a comfy place for sleeping, or an extra seating space for those with limited room in their homes. Since there are so many different styles to choose from (i.e., trundle daybeds, storage daybeds, outdoor daybeds, and more) you're bound to find one that fits your needs. To help you determine which type of daybed is best for you and your living space, we consulted Andrea Robles, an interior designer and founder of House of Robles Designs, for her expertise on the benefits of having a daybed.
What to Look For When Buying a Daybed
When looking for the right daybed for your space, it's important to first consider what gap you're hoping to fill in your home with the piece. "It all depends on the space you have — if you have a small space you can choose a smaller daybed with a low footprint to make the space feel lighter and and more breezy. If your home has empty spots that need to be filled up, thats when a larger daybed comes in handy for an extra seating alternative," Robles says. Next up, you'll want to take into account what type of frame or design you want. Perhaps you want a metal frame that's scratch resistant, a modern wood frame to blend with your space, or a fabric frame that's comfortable and welcoming.
Once you've chosen the fabric and style of your daybed, you'll want to think about additional features, such as storage space and how many people you'll want your daybed to sleep (if you want it to sleep anyone at all). Robles notes that daybeds double as great alternatives to Murphy and loft beds since they're easy to style and convert into more functional, daytime furniture pieces. "A daybed can be styled with pretty pillows and throw blankets while you're not sleeping on it, so your space comes off more like a living room rather than a bedroom. [Typically] daybeds are as wide as twin beds, so when being used as a sofa, they are extra deep and downright delicious to cuddle up on."
Some daybeds are better suited for lounging than sleeping and typically contain cushions instead of mattresses. Whether you're the ultimate host who wants a place for visitors to crash or are looking for a daybed to complete your reading nook or outdoor space, we've rounded up the best daybeds that you can shop online right now — with models that range in size, style, and price point. Keep reading to shop our favorite daybeds ahead and check out this detailed guide for everything you need to know about how to buy a couch.
— Additional reporting by Haley Lyndes