Daybeds: 6 Ways to Use This Multi-tasking Furniture

  • 01 of 06

    Daybed as a reading nook

    By Witt Construction,

    If you're looking for the perfect piece of furniture to read in, look no further than the humble daybed. As the name implies, it's the perfect place to stretch out, read, and possibly take a nap on. If your reading nook is small, you may find it easier to build a makeshift daybed. Placing your daybed near a window is a great way to get natural reading light and gaze out the window. Be sure to cover your cozy reading nook with plenty of sturdy pillows. Shelves placed near the bed (like in...MORE this photo) will help keep your books organized.

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  • 02 of 06

    Daybed as outdoor furniture

    From French Grey.

    If you live in a climate that is conducive to placing a daybed outside (like in this photo), then this piece will be one of the best for outside relaxation. A daybed is usually long enough for lying down as well as accommodating two to three people sitting. So it makes for a great place to have your outdoor "living room". Just be sure to cover the daybed in the off season and use outdoor fabric on the cushion and pillows. 

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  • 03 of 06

    Daybeds for the porch or sunroom

    By Jenna Sue Design.

    Porches are generally protected from the elements so they make perfect spots for enjoying the weather without getting too much sun or rain. A daybed placed on the porch or sunroom will not only be a great place for sitting and relaxing, it can help fill out the space and make it feel larger. A regular mattress will do fine if it's protected from the elements (consider brining it inside during the winter) but consider using outdoor quality fabric for greater sun protection.  This sunroom had...MORE room for two daybeds placed in an L-configuration. 

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  • 04 of 06

    Daybeds for the living room

    The Stratton Daybed from Pottery Barn.

    A living room typically features a sofa or two, so why not try a minimalist daybed like this one? Without a back or sides these daybeds appear more like a built-in bench seat, giving you more seating room. However, the more traditional 3-sided daybed can also function as a sofa. Just remember that daybeds are usually the same width of a twin-sized mattress, which is much deeper than a sofa. So you may want to pile on more cushions for the back so that the seater can easily get out from the...MORE daybed. 

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  • 05 of 06

    Daybed for the nursery

    Image found at Style Me Pretty.

    Many new parents find it helpful to have a daybed in the nursery. It makes for a great place to sit and nurse, read to your child, and it's perfect for those naps that you inevitably require. A daybed (like this one shown) is a pretty way to add function to the nursery. Daybeds are often found in the kid's section of home stores. Try looking for ones that offer storage underneath for blankets, toys or books. As your child grows, this daybed can easily transition into a twin bed. Some...MORE parents even look for daybeds that can accommodate a trundle bed underneath. This is one piece of furniture that can definitely stay with your child for years to come. 

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  • 06 of 06

    Daybed for guests

    Image found at Good Housekeeping.

    Daybeds can make for the perfect extra sleeping space when you have guests. A daybed can be placed in the guest room itself or, if you're short on rooms, adding a daybed to another room (like an office or living room) can help serve as an extra bed when needed. If you regularly have guests sleeping in this daybed, it's a good idea to purchase a few sets of sheets specifically for this bed. This will save you time doing laundry if guests arrive unexpected. Storage drawers or a trundle...MORE underneath the daybed can help create more useful space. When not in use, this daybed can be used as extra seating as well. (see more of this image here)

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