The mention of a daybed might conjure up images of the old brass bed style with frilly covers and lots of ruffles but these days there are loads of designs that are ideal for today’s homes. Daybeds have even become more popular recently as people try to make spaces even more functional.
Some types of daybeds even have a second small bed on casters – called a trundle – that rolls underneath the larger bed when not in use. Which type is best for your home comes down to why you want a daybed and how you plan to use it. To help you decide, we’ve rounded up the basics of daybeds so that you can make a well-informed purchase.
What is a Daybed?
A daybed isn’t something used for sleeping in the daytime: The name actually refers to the design of the bed, which has three sides. Second, the other big difference between a regular bed and a daybed is the orientation. While a typical bed is positioned perpendicular to the wall, a daybed is arranged horizontally along the wall, similar to a sofa. Daybeds also need a mattress, just like a regular twin bed.
Where Can I Put a Daybed?
A daybed can go just about anywhere in the home. With the increase in people working from home, daybeds are a great solution when you need home office space but also need the room for sleeping.
- A daybed can turn any spare room into a guest room because when not being used for sleeping, it’s great for lounging or just sitting.
- Using a daybed also means you don’t need to dedicate a room for guests, which generally means it is a rarely used space.
- When it comes to kids rooms, a daybed can be a great choice, especially if it also has a trundle. The daybed saves space, provides a place for sitting during the day and leaves plenty of floor space for playing.
Can you sleep on a daybed all the time?
You can certainly sleep on a daybed every single night as long as you choose a sturdy frame and a supportive mattress that is comfortable for your sleeping style. The beauty of a daybed is the ability to use it as a sofa during the day and as a bed at night.
- When choosing a daybed style, thing about whether you will use it mainly for sitting or sleeping.
- A daybed that has a backrest is far more comfortable for sitting than one without, so take this into consideration when purchasing a daybed.
- If the daybed will be used for sleeping all the time, consider whether a backrest will bother you when you’re sleeping. This is a personal preference but some people find it harder to sleep as soundly with a backboard along one length.
Can adults sleep on daybeds?
Absolutely! In fact, if you live in a small space or have a studio apartment, a daybed is a viable strategy for making the most of your space. A daybed is also appealing to adults because it’s a real bed with a real mattress, which is far more comfortable than some of the other options available. Particularly for adults who will regularly sleep in a daybed, you want to choose the best quality mattress you can afford along with a sturdy style of daybed,
What Styles of Daybeds Are Available?
You can find a daybed in just about every style of décor. Whether your home is traditional, country or cutting-edge modern, there’s a daybed that will complement your space. This also means that you can find daybeds in all sorts of colors, finishes and materials. Want to add a little metal to the palette of materials in the room? Or how about some wood in a warm tone? You’ll find that the range of daybeds available will give you lots of options depending on the look you want to achieve.
Daybeds are also available with storage underneath, which can be a boon in a tight space or in a room like a home office. The underbed storage lets you stash extra bedding, or anything else you want to keep out of view.
What is the difference between a trundle and daybed?
- As we already explained, a daybed is a three-sided design with a twin-size mattress that can be used as both a bed and a sofa. It may or may not have a trundle underneath.
- A trundle is a second bed of the same size on casters that rolls under the main bed. It can be found in a daybed design or a regular bed style.
- A trundle bed typically has a mattress that is not as thick as a standard mattress and may not be as comfortable for regular sleep, except for children.
- is a 2-in-1 bed design, meaning that a trundle is designed to hold two separate Twin mattresses and sleep two people. A daybed, on the other hand, is a type of sofa that is spacious enough and designed in a way that it can be used for both sitting and sleeping.
A daybed with a trundle is a great way to add yet another comfortable sleeping spot to your home. Because both daybeds and trundles use real, twin-sized mattresses, they are generally far more comfortable than futons or sofa beds. If you frequently have many overnight guests, this can be a useful, permanent solution.
Families with children often find that daybeds with trundles easily add function to the kids room. Simply by rolling out the trundle, you add a bed, perfect for a second child or for all those weekend sleep-overs.
Is a trundle bed worth it?
Trundle beds cost more than a basic twin bed or daybed, because it is a second bed, so you might wonder if it is a good investment or not. The answer depends on a number of factors.
- A trundle bed is a worthy investment if you want to save space and provide an extra sleeping spot, no matter what room you put it in.
- Studio apartments, guest rooms, kids rooms and home offices can benefit from a trundle bed, whether that is a standard trundle bed or a daybed with a trundle.
- Getting into and out of a trundle bed can be a little more difficult because they sit at a higher level to accommodate the bed underneath – and the lower bed is very close to the ground. Trundles may not be worth the expense if you often have elderly relatives or those with mobility issues staying over.
What Kind of Mattress Do I Need for a Daybed?
As already noted, daybeds use a standard twin-size mattress. As with any bed, you want the right firmness and best quality for your daybed mattress. Although sleeping preferences vary, you want your daybed to be comfortable for most guests – and for yourself if you’re frequently sitting on the daybed. Keep in mind that if you rarely have overnight guests, you don’t need to break the bank on a luxury mattress. Just pick something comfortable for an overnight visitor.
What size mattress fits a daybed with trundle?
The mattress used for the trundle that rolls under the daybed is the same size: standard twin. Moreover, the same general guidelines apply for choosing the trundle mattress as for the main daybed mattress. You want a comfortable firmness and as high a quality as you can afford.
Do I Need Bedding for a Daybed?
Standard twin-size bedding will fit a daybed. The main difference comes down to styling. Some people prefer to just use a fitted sheet on the mattress and then style the bed with decorative cushions. Others prefer to have it fully made up with a stylish cover that makes it look a bit more like a sofa than a bed. Coverlets and throws are also quite useful in making the daybed look more stylish when no one is using it for sleep.
Now that you understand all about daybeds and trundle beds, here are some actual design options and products that you can buy too.
First of all, we should mention that a trundle daybed is very versatile and that’s because it’s suited for a lot of different types of people and a lot of different spaces. Most often, it’s a good option for kids, teens or for overnight guests but not so great for old people or for anyone with back problems since the mattress on the lower bed is thin and the support is not exactly ideal.
Basically a daybed with trundle offers two individual sleeping surfaces which only take up the space of one until you also roll out the second mattress. That makes it a very practical option for kids’ rooms, being a good alternative to bunk beds. Check out how beautiful this trundle bed from Rooms by Zoya B looks in this nursery room.
A daybed with trundle is also a wonderful option for a guest room. This way the space could serve as a home office or as a secondary lounge space most of the time and can become a guest sleeping area whenever you need it. Just roll out the bed and everything it all set up. LDa Architects designed such a space for one of their clients and this is what it looks like.
Trundle daybeds can also be used in playrooms. Basically the idea here is to have a comfortable little couch or sofa to sit on so since you’re doing that why not add an extra bed in there too? After all, it doesn’t take up any extra space and it stays hidden unless you decide to use it in which case it becomes practical.
The main reason people choose to put trundle beds into their homes and not other types of beds or sofas is often a very simple one: because these beds allow them to save a lot of space and that’s important when there’s little floor space to work with in the first place. That’s true for a studio apartments, many children’s rooms, nursery rooms as well as some attics or the interior of this beautiful lake house family room designed by Bergland + Cram.
One of the best things about daybeds with trundle is that during the day you can throw some pillows on them and use them as a sofa or a couch. The extra mattress rolled under the seat doesn’t interfere with the rest of the room in any way. You can see how beautiful such a decor can be in the case of this contemporary bedroom designed by Rayna Marz.
Trundle beds are also perfect for spaces which serve multiple purposes, like this bedroom/ office/ playroom for example. When the daybed is expanded it’s possible for two or even three persons to sleep here. It would be impossible to fit three regular beds in this room and to also have room for other pieces of furniture or even to move around freely.
There’s no definitely choice of style when it comes to trundle beds which means it can be designed to suit any type of interior or decor. As far as size goes, there aren’t that many options to choose from so you have to stick with standard mattress dimensions. Of course, you can have a daybed with trundle custom made to fit in a particular area of your house, like in this home theater designed by Brooke LLC.
At this point you might be thinking that having a trundle under your daybed is pretty practical and convenient but you’d much rather prefer to have some extra storage in there instead. Well why not have both? That’s right, you can have a daybed with a trundle and with storage drawers, all in a compact and stylish package. Check out FlatFair for a few options, including the one in this image.
This is 2Much!, a modern bed with trundle that’s perfect for the growing family or for multifunctional spaces with ever-changing roles. Its design is playful, funky, simple and cool and the colors it comes in are fun and cheerful, allowing it to become a chic focal point for any space you put it in. We recommend this bed for spaces like a child’s or a teen’s bedroom, a home office or a small living room or guest bedroom.
The 4005 bed is very cool as well. What makes it stand out from all the other daybeds with trundle that we looked at today is the fact that it has a built-in desk and an open-ended bookcase. That means this is actually more than just a simple bed with a trundle. It’s a whole furniture system which is perfect for a child’s bedroom where you need to add a desk and some bookshelves anyway. With this system you can have it all and save plenty of space in the process.
This twin daybed with trundle is as lovely as it is practical. It has a beautiful curved back for an elegant look and four small knobs for symmetry. The overall design is a blend between modern and traditional details. It has clean lines and inset paneling and it’s made of solid wood combined with manufactured wood and a neutral finish that allows it to easily adapt and fit into any space.
The Gilberts daybed is really great if you’re short on space. It’s small and compact and has a casual look when in its most compact form and it can easily expand in case you need to accommodate overnight guests at any time. It’s a wonderful piece of furniture for areas such as a guest bedroom or a multifunctional space that can serve as a home office/ extra bedroom. The design as a whole inspired comfort and elegance.
If you’re looking to add a bit of a retro feel to your home, it would easy to do so with the Chingford twin daybed. It has a stylish and elegant design with French country-style influences and a beautiful antiqued finish. The decorative details are well blended with the otherwise simple construction of the bed. It can be paired with a mattress of your choice which rests on a slatted surface. The pull-out trundle is disguised as a faux drawer face front.
This right here is a beautiful twin daybed with trundle and the detail which distinguishes it from many other models is the metal frame. The Hillsborough daybed has a slender, strong and sturdy metal frame available with a white or a black finish. It has spindle decorations on the sides and back and it curves around the edges for a smooth and delicate look. The trundle is exposed at all times and the design is not meant to hide or to disguise it in any way.
The Dawley daybed has a very sofa-like appearance. The tufted back and armrests are at the same level and give it a very clean and uniform look. They’re also nice and soft, making this twin daybed very comfortable at all times. The double nailhead trim adds a classic look and gives this piece a modern-traditional style. The under-bed trundle is easy to pull out and offers an additional sleeping spot for overnight guests or other occasions.
The design of the Pennrock Central Point daybed is really cute even though it’s also quite simple and doesn’t include many details or decorative elements. Its frame is crafted from solid and manufactured wood and showcases clean lines and an elegant silhouette. The slatted panels and round finials give this bed a feminine look which makes it perfect for a little girl’s bedroom. The trundle bed is great for slumber parties and sleepovers.
Elegant and casual, this is how we would best describe the Rassford daybed. It has a fairly simple design with clean lines, straight angles and a selection of warm neutral colors and finishes. The satin nailhead trim adds character to the frame and draws attention to the under-bed trundle which blends in elegantly and takes up minimal space. The overall dimensions of this furniture piece are 41” H x 80.5” L x 42.25” W.
The Burks twin daybed has a compact and boxy design, measuring 43.5” H x 80.25” L x 38” W. The frame is crafted from solid and manufactured wood and features smooth curves and sinuous lines which create a nice transition between the back and side panels. There’s also a little of detailing at the top for a traditional vibe. The trundle measures 13” H x 75” L x 18” W and has two small cutouts for easy access instead of protruding handles or knobs.
The button tufting makes the Astra twin daybed look super soft and comfortable while the design as a whole follows a simple and clean aesthetic. This gives it a modern appearance with a contemporary vibe without putting a lot of emphasis on minimalism. The frame is made of solid wenge, rubberwood and manufactured wood and is enveloped in polyester upholstery available in light grey or beige. A set of slats holds a twin mattress of your choice and there’s also space for an additional one inside the roll-out trundle.
Unlike many other pieces, the Minehead daybed doesn’t attempt to look like a sofa but rather embraces its pure bed functionality. It’s a full-size daybed with a trundle below which adds an extra sleeping space, making this piece ideal for small guest bedrooms. The frame is made of tubular steel with slender spindle access and a solid finish available in several color options. The design is simple, airy and practical.
The Rinaldo daybed is a nice option if you’re looking for something elegant, space-efficient and with a traditional design. It has a sturdy and stylish frame crafted from solid wood with a beautiful cappuccino finish. It has turned ball finials, bun feet and carved camelback rails which add a lot of character to its design. A lower trundle offers space for a second twin mattress and is disguised as a pair of large drawers with four little knobs for symmetry.
A combination of classic and contemporary design details give the Lanning daybed a very elegant and sophisticated look. The graceful shape and slender frame design are complemented by foam padding and fabric upholstery in a soothing beige nuance. The button-tufting and nailhead trim add elegance to the already eye-catching design.
Another very elegant design is featured by the Zac daybed which also has button tufting and nailhead trims for an added classical touch. The trundle is clever hidden away at the bottom without any knobs, cut-puts or handle to give away its presence. That makes this a really great piece for many different spaces such as small living rooms, guest bedrooms or home offices. Additionally, the dark gray color makes it easy to incorporate this daybed into a variety of different interiors.
What immediately stands out in the case of the Novogratz Bright Pop daybed is the metal frame which is very airy, slender and compact. It’s also very strong and sturdy and includes heavy-duty steel slats to hold up the mattresses. There are many rounded details and decorations which give this bed a really stylish and graceful look, making it a lovely piece for a chic home office, a child’s bedroom or a guest room. You can get it in three beautiful colors, the timeless black and white as well as in turquoise if you prefer a bold touch of color in your life.
Versatility is a major defining characteristic for the Fort Collins daybed which has a design that beautifully blends looks and functionality. The frame is crafted from solid and manufactured wood, with open sides for an airy look, a paneled back and an arched silhouette for an elegant and stylish appearance. The overall design is eclectic, suitable for spaces with modern, traditional, farmhouse or rustic decors.
What Exactly is a Daybed?
A daybed is a three-sided design with a twin-size mattress that can be used as both a bed and a sofa.
Where in My Home Can I Put a Daybed?
Daybeds are appropriate for any room where you want to save space or increase functionality. This can be any room in the home, but the kids room, guest room and home office are very popular places to install a daybed.
Can I sleep on a daybed every night?
Yes. With a good quality mattress that has the proper level of support for your preferences, you can easily sleep on a daybed all the time.
Can adults sleep on daybeds?
Absolutely. Whether used for guests or as the primary bed, a daybed is a viable furniture solution.
Can I Get Different Styles of Daybeds?
Daybeds are just like other furnishings and are available in a wide range of interior décor styles and taste preferences.
What is the difference between a trundle and daybed?
- A daybed has a three-sided design and uses a twin-size mattress. It functions as both a bed and a sofa.
- A trundle is a low bed on casters that rolls under the main bed, whether that is a daybed or standard bed.
What Kind of Mattress Does a Daybed Use?
Daybeds use a standard twin-size mattress. The quality and type you choose should be driven by how and how often the daybed is used for sleeping. The more it is used for sleeping the better the mattress needs to be.
Does a Daybed Need Bedding?
Yes, a daybed needs bedding, whether it is used for sitting sleeping or both. Generally, a mattress cover – like a fitted sheet – and decorative pillows are enough to style it. More blankets and pillows will be needed for sleeping.