The Daybed

The daybed is typically the size of a twin size bed and designed with a frame that includes two wooden or metal boards on either end and another long board running the length of the bed. This portion is usually placed against the wall. The day bed has a long history and according to eHow home, can be traced all the way back to ancient Indian and Egyptian cultures when palm leaf wicker was lashed together to make lounging chairs. It began resembling more closely what we use today in the courts of King Louie the XIV, when royalty lounged on elaborate, long, cushioned chairs.

Alternative to a Guest Room

Daybeds can be an inexpensive and space saving alternative to a guest bed. They usually require a twin size mattress and no box spring, saving money.3309806025_760c62651a They can be tucked into alcoves or in corners of offices, and sewing or craft rooms. If you are wavering between work space and guest space, a daybed can accommodate both.  A large sunny window can be transformed into a comfortable reading nook with the help of a daybed. They can also add storage to a room, as many daybeds include drawers underneath the mattress.

Decorating

daybed can be as formal or casual as the environment you desire to create. A daybed in a sewing room could inspire a country feel, with a wooden frame, and unique quilt or coverlet. Drawers under the bed would be the perfect place to organize fabric and patterns. A more modern looking, metal frame can add formal elegance to an office space. Consider using dark, solid colors to avoid distraction in this space.

Daybeds intended for comfortable lounging should include many pillows. Alternate between patterns and solid prints, so that the bed does not look overwhelmingly cluttered. Daybeds can also be great stater beds for kids rooms. Children will enjoy playing, reading and sleeping on a smaller bed. If they are not quite ready for a full sized bed, a daybed can be a cute and fun way to start out in a bed.

Function

Ultimately, remember the desired function of the daybed, whether it is nighttime sleep, day time lounging, or short periods of sitting, and make sure the chosen pillows, coverings and decorations do not interfere with that function.

For some fun daybed decorating ideas, see this slideshow from HGTV.

Photo courtesy of sergio_leenan

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