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A Helpful Guide to Daybed Purchases

When it comes to contemporary interior design, nothing quite manages to project an image of practicality and elegance as well as a daybed. Daybeds can be used to create additional space within bedroom interiors or within the interiors of smaller 1-room apartments, bachelor apartments, and studios. A daybed can function as a large and comfortable sofa during the day and as a bed during the night, or vice versa. If you are the sort of person who likes to relax from a fully reclined position, then a daybed might be the option for you. Here is a basic guide to daybeds that will provide you with all of the information you need to make a well-informed purchase.

What are the different types of daybeds available?

Daybeds tend to be elevated higher above ground than what you would characteristically expect from a regular bed. This increased height creates additional space underneath the daybed. Some daybeds are sold with an extra bed that can be pulled out from underneath the daybed much in the same way that a drawer opens and closes. This is especially useful if you have guests over and need a convenient spot for them to sleep. Some daybeds do not come with additional under-beds and instead feature a cabinet system or alternatively a large empty space that you can use to store whatever you want.

As far as the overall appearance of the daybed goes, they tend to have a banister frame that covers three sides of the rectangular bed, leaving one side free to provide convenient access to a mattress. The daybed is usually placed back to the wall, with the no-banister side facing the open space of the room. Daybeds can be made from a wide variety of materials, but the most prominent materials used in their construction are wood, metal, or wicker.

  • Wooden daybeds - If you are a fan of classical furniture you might want to go with the wooden variety. Wooden daybeds can be constructed with many different wood types or with a combination of several. The result is often a well-stained and polished wood mold that projects an appearance of traditional elegance and beauty. The banisters of the daybed are often the primary aesthetic focal point, with intricate carvings or smooth contours that can add a refined sense of artistic decor to the interior of any room in which the daybed is placed. Consider purchasing a wooden daybed if your home sports a traditional interior design.
  • Wicker daybeds - Wicker is a sturdy offshoot of the bamboo family that is used in the construction of furniture all over the world. Wicker is highly durable and features an exotic visual appeal characteristic of garden furniture. If you are trying to create a light, airy, exotic, and vibrant-looking interior decor, consider purchasing a wicker daybed instead of a metal or wooden one.
  • Metal daybeds - Finally, those who appreciate a more contemporary or simple design approach might be tantalized by the idea of the metal daybed. Metal daybeds are very sturdy and functional, with strong frames that will not cave in under pressure. As far as their design goes, there are many different styles available, ranging from clean and simple steel models to structures with elegant contours and modern style.

Where can I find a good daybed?

You can find daybeds at local furniture stores and online furniture retailers. If you choose to shop for beds for sale online, you will likely be able to find a much broader selection of daybeds available for sale. A wider selection means a higher chance of finding that one model that stands out from the rest and appeals to you from an aesthetic and functional perspective (and also price). Daybeds are sold in varying price ranges, usually between $400 for simpler daybeds to $3000 for models that have more features, a unique artistic design, and are built with more expensive materials.

What kind of bedding should I use for my daybed?

The bedding that you use for your daybed will essentially define its purpose. Because daybeds are designed for use during both the day and the night, the bedding that you choose should ideally project an overall versatile quality. There are a wide range of fabrics to choose from, but you probably will not want to throw a regular duvet over your daybed unless you want it to look like a regular bed throughout the rest of the day. You can find specially designed bedding for daybeds at a wide range of furniture stores or even at the furniture store where you bought your daybed to begin with. Some daybed purchases might include bedding along with the offer, so keep bedding in mind when you are out searching for a new daybed.