A day bed is a fabulous addition to any home. Though they were once thought of as nothing more than pure utility for those who were unwell and looking for a multi-functional space, their versatile features can be useful to anyone.
Whether you’re looking for additional space for unexpected visitors or a sleepover solution for your little ones, one of these day beds (below) will be just what you’re looking for.
We’ve searched high and low to find the best single day beds, trundle day beds, day beds with storage, and everything in between.
Can you use a day bed as a normal bed?
Naturally, this depends on the person sleeping on it and the day bed itself. The majority of day beds fit normal single-sized mattresses so if that's all you require in a bed, you're set. The primary focus of other day beds, however, is often to act as a seating area which can be turned into a make-shift bed. If you expect your day bed will be used regularly to sleep on, it is advised to buy one which allows for a high-quality mattress.
What is the best mattress for a daybed?
If your day bed doesn't come with a mattress, you have nothing to fear. Most day beds support a single mattress and any that don't will have their dimensions clearly listed on their website. Casper's award-winning mattresses are a popular choice as they offer a bed-in-a-box solution which can easily be delivered in time for your day bed's arrival (from £275). If you're looking for a cheaper solution, Vesgantti combine foam and pocket springs for ultra-comfortable and ultra-cheap single mattresses.
Here is our pick of the very best day beds you can order today:
1. Bolchoi cotton day bed
This day bed is so jam-packed with extras you almost don't need any other furniture. The full set-up not only looks gorgeous but utilises two semi-firm, 100% cotton mattresses for support during both Netflix binges and sleep. As a fabric sofa, it seats two to three people comfortably and includes four flat cushions, three square cushions, and two embroidered cushions.
2. Cephas day bed
This modern day bed is a fully-fledged single bed, undercover. Though there is some assembly required, the wood and chenille frame is very easy to put together and unbeatable value for the finished product. It would look brilliant in any monochromatic room.
3. Hemnes Day bed
For one piece of furniture, our favourite Ikea day bed does more than enough. The 'Hemnes' functions as a bed for one, sofa bed, chest of drawers, and even a bed for two! If you're short on space and looking for something truly multi-functional, this day bed is perfect.
4. Duplet Day bed
If you always seem to end up with a house guest or two, this day bed has you covered. The 'Duplet' features exposed wooden arms and feet (both removable) and can be converted into two single beds or a king-size. The bolster cushions - which are used as arm rests - also work well as pillows.
5. Pink chaise longue day bed
These made-to-order chaise longues are a veritable dream for vintage lovers and available from 52" for the smaller glamourpuss in your family. They all feature Queen Anne-style legs, but the colour and fabric choice is up to you - everything from fuchsia to deep, pastiche plum.
6. Skiros Day Bed Frame with Trundle
The sleek metal day bed has everything you could need; sprung slats to support your single mattresses, a super-smooth trundle which rises to the same height as the principal bed, and an aesthetic finish of very high quality. The best of its price point, for sure.
7. Caterpillar Day Bed in Yolk Yellow
At six and a half feet long, this low-slung day bed can't be judged by its yolk-eque cover alone. The 'Caterpillar' actually uses curved foam and shaped padding to bend around your body and deliver a truly ergonomic sleep - headrest included - without compromising modern design.
8. Tipi day bed with trundle
If you're looking for fun furniture, look no further - this day bed is an adventure waiting to happen. The wooden frame comes with lockable wheels so it's easily maneouvered, a white trundle drawer so you can easily store additional bedding, and is almost seven ft long (so even the big kids among us can play).
9. Hanging day bed
This stand-ready hanging day bed is as good as it gets for unique, luxury pieces. Though the weatherproof wood means the day bed can be used both indoors and outdoors, it is a true statement in the home. Although it wouldn't be recommended as a daily bed, the plush cotton cushions create something of a cocoon to nap and relax in.
10. Kylie Metal Day Bed with Pull Out
We've got a trundle with a difference here; this romantic, swirled metal day bed actually has an interlocking guest bed support which can't be seen until its pulled out - a lovely feature for sleepovers and ad-hoc additions. Otherwise, it is a classic and sturdy piece of high quality furniture.
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