The Best Daybeds for Creating a More Restful Space

The Mercury Row Carwile Metal Mid-Century Daybed is our top pick

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Best Daybeds

The Spruce / Chloe Jeong

A daybed is more functional—and often more stylish—than your average futon or rollaway bed, providing the same function as a sofa and a cozy spot to nap. Over the last four years, we've spent hours researching and testing dozens of daybeds, evaluating comfort, quality, style, and overall value.  

Our favorite, the Mercury Row Carwile Metal Mid-Century Daybed, has a sturdy metal frame and is beautifully upholstered in linen with a nailhead accent trim. 

Here are the best daybeds to add to your home.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Mercury Row Carwile Metal Mid-Century Daybed

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Courtesy of Wayfair

What We Like
  • Reasonably priced

  • Comes in various sizes and two colors

  • Durable construction

What We Don't Like
  • Must buy mattress separately

What do buyers say? 1,200+ Wayfair reviewers rated this product 5 stars.

The Mercury Row Carwile Daybed is our top pick because it has a simple, versatile appearance, and it’s quite reasonably priced. This daybed has a midcentury-inspired silhouette featuring two high sides and nailhead accents along the frame. It’s available in twin, full, and queen sizes, and you can choose from two upholstery colors, as well. 

The Carwile Daybed has a metal frame, and it’s finished in a linen fabric. The linen fabric on this bed gives it a more casual appearance and sets it apart from other daybeds as truly multifunctional. The simple design and neutral frame of this daybed allow you to dress it up with colorful throw pillows and other accents to be used as a couch during the day or as a focal center for an extra room in your home. 

While we love how affordable this bed is, it doesn’t come with a mattress, so you’ll have to buy one separately. Mercury Row recommends an 8-inch mattress for optimal comfort. Overall, this day bed is a great choice for anyone who’s looking for a reasonably priced bed that’s also well-designed and easy to style.

Dimensions: Various | Mattress Size: N/A | Material: Metal, linen | Trundle Included: No

Best Budget: Andover Mills Mikayla Metal Scroll Daybed

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What We Like
  • Comes in various colors and two sizes

  • Durable construction

  • Easy assembly

What We Don't Like
  • Must buy mattress separately

The Andover Mills Mikayla Daybed is a top-rated option that’s available at an incredibly affordable price. It has a simple metal frame with scroll details, and you can choose from twin or full sizes, as well as three metal finishes, including bronze, pewter, and white. 

This budget-friendly bed has a stainless steel frame with a scrolling design and finial detailing, making it perfect for any traditional or country-style home. It’s recommended for use with a mattress up to 8 inches thick (not included), and it’s easy to assemble and very sturdy.

Dimensions: Various | Mattress Size: Twin to full | Material: Metal | Trundle Included: No

Best Splurge: Pottery Barn Teen Avalon Channel Stitch Daybed

Pottery Barn Teen Avalon Channel Stitch Daybed

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What We Like
  • Comes in various sizes and colors

  • Durable construction

  • Great for teen bedrooms

What We Don't Like
  • Must buy mattress separately

The luxe Avalon Daybed is sure to become the focal point of any room, thanks to its channeled sides and velvet upholstery. The high-end daybed comes in both twin and full sizes, and you have your choice of numerous colors, including trendy hues like blush pink and seafoam green. 

In addition to its stylish exterior, the Avalon Daybed boasts an incredibly durable, hand-crafted frame that’s made from beech wood with metal legs, and its performance velvet fabric is water-repellent for easier cleaning. The daybed can accommodate most standard mattresses (sold separately), and its elegant form makes it a popular choice for teen bedrooms. However, it would look just as good in a guest room or even in your everyday living space.

Dimensions: Various | Mattress Size: Twin to full | Material: 100% polyester, foam, low melt fiber, metal legs, plywood, and beech wood | Trundle Included: No

Expert Buying Tip

"Daybeds are typically minimal pieces by nature so I like to style them with the same attitude. Keep it simple and functional and let the daybed itself shine, especially if it’s a stylish piece already. A couple of fun pillows and a throw are perfect! Feel free to play with pattern and color in the decor if you’d like to dress your daybed up or keep things monochromatic if your space is more neutral."—Becky Sturniolo, Modsy's luxe designer


Best With Trundle: West Elm Urban Daybed & Trundle

West Elm Urban Daybed & Trundle

Courtesy of West Elm

What We Like
  • Great for sleepovers

  • Durable construction

  • Comes in various colors

What We Don't Like
  • Only comes in one size

The Urban Daybed provides twice as much sleep space thanks to its lower trundle bed, which slides out to provide a second twin-size mattress—ideal for when your kids have sleepovers or family stops by for an unexpected visit. This daybed has a simple backless design with an extra-deep seat, and West Elm allows you to choose from several fabric upholstery options, including twill weaves, performance velvet, canvas, and more. 

This daybed has a sturdy engineered wood frame that’s covered in padded fabric, and its trundle is mounted on wheels that make it easy to pull out. The trundle and daybed mattresses are sold separately. But what’s great is that West Elm offers White Glove Service upon delivery, meaning its team will assemble the furniture in your home, saving you the trouble of putting it together yourself.

Dimensions: 47 x 87 x 36.3 inches | Mattress Size: Twin | Material: Various padded fabric, wood | Trundle Included: Yes

Best With Storage: IKEA HEMNES Daybed with Drawers

IKEA HEMNES Daybed with Drawers

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What We Like
  • Can extend from twin- to full-size

  • Has three storage drawers

  • Durable construction

What We Don't Like
  • Requires two twin mattresses

If you’re always looking for more storage space in your home, you’ll appreciate the HEMNES Daybed, which features three lower drawers to hold linens and other guest room essentials. Plus, while it has a compact twin-size form, this affordable daybed actually pulls out into a full-size sleeping surface, allowing you to comfortably host multiple guests. 

The HEMNES Daybed has a high-sided wooden frame with a traditional appearance and a lacquered white finish, and the three drawers are extra deep with simple black pulls. To use this bed as a full-size sleep space, you’ll need two twin mattresses (sold separately), which you stack on top of each other. When the base of the bed is pulled out, you can then move the second mattress over to extend the sleep surface. 

While this daybed is extremely versatile and a great value, keep in mind that quite a bit of assembly is required—a common trade-off with IKEA furniture.

Dimensions: Various | Mattress Size: From twin to full | Material: Fiberwood, solid pine, particle board | Trundle Included: No

Best for Office: Room & Board Jasper Daybed

Room & Board Jasper Daybed

Courtesy of Room & Board

What We Like
  • Customizable

  • Small footprint

  • Includes mattress and throw pillows

What We Don't Like
  • Cushion could lose shape over time

The Jasper Daybed has a bench-style design that would work perfectly as a seating area in your home office, but it can just as easily be used as an extra sleep space when you have guests. Plus, it comes with numerous customization options—you can change the size, fabric, leg style, and leg finish—allowing you to design a stylish piece that perfectly suits your space. 

This sleek daybed has a midcentury modern aesthetic thanks to its tapered legs and blocky frame, and its narrow frame won’t take up too much room in your office. The cushions have a foam core wrapped in a down blend, and the daybed even includes two cylindrical throw pillows. Oh, and did we mention that you don’t have to buy a mattress? Just another reason to love this stylish piece.

Dimensions: Various | Mattress Size: Various | Material: 100% polypropylene, solid wood | Trundle Included: Yes

Best Outdoor: Better Homes & Gardens Delahey Convertible Studio Outdoor Daybed Sofa

Better Homes & Gardens Delahey Convertible Studio Outdoor Daybed Sofa

Courtesy of Walmart

What We Like
  • Durable construction

  • Won't fade in the sun

  • Includes matching throw pillows

  • Comes in various colors

What We Don't Like
  • Only comes in one size

Whether you want to lounge on the patio with a book or take a nap in the sun, the Delahey Outdoor Daybed Sofa will quickly become your go-to spot for relaxing. This popular outdoor daybed looks more like a sofa, but its side arms fold down for those times you want to use it as a bed. 

The piece’s dark brown frame is made from manufactured wood material, and the cushions are covered in a weather-resistant polyester fabric that won’t fade, even when left out in the sun. The daybed comes with four matching throw pillows to help you get comfy on its deep seat, and reviewers say it’s extremely comfortable and stylish, especially for its reasonable price.

Dimensions: 59.25–79 x 63 x 25.5 inches | Mattress Size: Studio | Material: FSC mixwood, manufactured wood, polyester | Trundle Included: No

Final Verdict

The Mercury Row Carwile Mid-Century Daybed (view at Wayfair) strikes a great balance of comfort, style, and affordability, allowing you to choose a twin, full, or queen-size sleeping space. However, to get the most bang for your buck, the Andover Mills Mikayla Metal Scroll Daybed (view at Wayfair) is a great value, thanks to its simple, sturdy design and low price.

What to Look for in a Daybed

Mattress Size

Daybeds come in at least two sizes to accommodate people of all ages and sizes. While often seen with a twin mattress, there are daybeds with full-size mattresses that can be a great choice for teen or adult sleepers. Of course, a larger mattress translates into a larger daybed, so make sure you have the square footage for whichever size you’re considering.

Trundle

A daybed for one overnight guest is nice to have, but a daybed with a trundle can provide accommodation for at least two guests at a moment’s notice. Simply pull out the trundle bed neatly stored under the daybed’s mattress and support, and you have another bed ready to go. Just know that not all daybeds with a trundle come with a second mattress—you might need to purchase one separately.

Assembly

While some daybeds with wireframes and minimal moving parts are quick to assemble, other versions will present a worthy challenge to DIY furniture builders. Daybeds with trundles, headboards, and additional storage or parts may be more difficult and have you tracking washers, bolts, and nuts. Consider whether you’re up for a more robust assembly—and if not, look for a day bed with a simple frame, a pre-assembled frame or a backless design.

FAQ
  • What type of mattress do you need for a daybed?

    While most daybeds have a twin-size mattress, there are also full-size options out there. Your daybed mattress should be medium-firm. This way, it will both be suitable for sitting and lounging during the day and also provide enough support for sleeping. Depending on your mattress preferences, you might want one with a gel or foam layer for extra comfort. As long as it has a medium-firm feel, it's ideal for a daybed setup.

  • Is it hard to make the bed on a daybed?

    Some daybeds can be difficult to make. They require more work than a regular bed because most people will want to convert it back to a couch most of the time. If you opt for a trundle bed option, that might be easier to manage as it pulls out from the bottom. This way, you can have a ready-made bed that's easy to conceal if you wish.

  • Can daybeds be used every day?

    With the right mattress, a daybed works for daily use. The mattress you choose should be quality, comfortable, and to your sleeping preferences. A mattress with a foam layer is a great option for an everyday-use daybed because it's breathable and adds support.

  • Do you use a box spring on a daybed?

    Most daybeds do not have a box spring. A box spring would most likely raise the height of the mattress too much for use as a couch. The space below the frame is usually used for storage or to accommodate a trundle underneath. Usually, a link spring is used on the frame of a daybed instead for extra support of the mattress.

Why Trust The Spruce?

This article was researched and written by Camryn Rabideau, a freelance writer who has written for The Spruce since 2017. With a background in interior design, she’s an expert on all things home and has ample experience testing sofas and other large pieces of furniture. To make this list, she considered each pick's trundle, mattress size, and assembly, as well as insight from Becky Sturniolo, Luxe Designer at Modsy.