Once thought of as places for poorly people to recuperate, daybeds are now a popular solution for anyone living in a small space.
Functioning as both a sofa or bench as well as a bed to sleep on, a daybed is great for lounging, any time of day. They're also easy to blend in with the rest of the room – just throw on a few cushions or a chunky throw and you're good to go.
What are the different types of daybeds?
Typically, daybeds are made with frames of wood or metal. Wooden daybeds are often more expensive but look warm and homely; it’s a matter of style as to which is better. Similarly, there are a few designs that are merely a matter of taste; some daybeds have spindles along the back, some have a long backboard and others have no back at all.
Whichever you opt for, you can usually find ways to make it look as inviting as a proper bed. Always double-check the daybed you’re plumping for comes with a mattress, as they aren’t always included with the frame.
How to select the right daybed for you
To maximise the versatility of your daybed, choose one that you can imagine using for more than one thing. For example, you could get a daybed that has in-built storage for spare bedding or shelving for knick-knacks. You can also get a daybed with expandable options, such as a pull-out trundle bed hidden underneath the main body of the bed, a stackable mattress system or a sliding base that expands to become a spacious double.
If you're really struggling for space and want your furniture to work harder, you could opt for two large floor cushions in lieu of a daybed. We've included a style below that would easily work as a midday napping nest. When you're short on space it pays to be inventive, and with this option you have comfort and flexibility.
Here are our picks of the best daybeds to invest in now.
Dimensions: L196cm x D 90cm x H65
The ultimate in daybed simplicity, the Kipster transforms from a generous two-seater sofa into a double bed by sliding out the front legs and unfolding the plush cushion on top. In both forms, it is an elegant piece of furniture with a natural-grain solid oak frame, spindles along the back, removable linen cushion covers and a squishy foam mattress.
Everything is included in the price – the frame, the mattress, installation and even the removal of packaging afterwards. A quality product in a modern but neutral design you will get many good years of practical use from.
Elwood Daybed with USB charging
Dimensions: H105 x L112 x W210cm
Built for the modern lounger, this smart upholstered grey daybed comes with two USB charging points and a pocket to hold your device while it juices up. It can go from a sofa to a bed for a single sleeper, expanding to a space for two when pulling out the pop up from beneath the seat if needed. Mattresses are not included so you'll need two singles to complete the design.
Dimensions: H100 x W217 x D108 cm
Looking straight out of a chic hotel bar thanks to the delicate pink upholstery and curved back, this deep-seat sofa is wide enough to accommodate a single sleeper once the cushions are removed. But it's hiding a helpful secret beneat its seat - a second bed on a trundle that wheels out when unexpected visitors call. You'll have to add your own mattress, so the space could simply be used for storage if you don't want an extra bed.
Dimensions: H27 x W93 x D93cm
Guests won't decline an invitation to recline when they see IKEA's Scandi-sleek Ravaror daybed, covered in a removeable dark blue cotton cover. The backrest can be mounted lengthways or on the side chaise lounge-style to create a cosy corner that will support you through umpteen boxset marathons. Note that IKEA sells the mattress separately.
Dimensions: 202cm x 96.5 x 94cm
A classic-looking daybed, the Hampton acts as a bench or small sofa day-to-day, but can easily be turned into a single bed with the addition of a cosy throw and pillows. The shaker-style frame is sturdy and durable, made from sustainable rubber tree wood painted in a chalk white finish. It's a self-assembly daybed, so requires a little work to put together. You can add an under-bed on castors that tucks into the recess below the daybed if you want to put two guests up.
Brambly Cottage Lunsford Steel Daybed
Dimensions: L201 x H115 x W100cm
This elegant steel-frame daybed hits the sweet spot if cottagecore is your dream aesthetic. Use as a comfy perch to watch telly in the day and transform it into a bed once it's time for sleep. You can buy a matching trundle bed that slides into the bottom to maximise your sleep offering. Mattresses not included.
Parisot ‘Sleep’ daybed
Dimensions 203cm x 113cm x 82cm
Often, when you’re trying to squeeze in an extra bed, you don’t always have room for a bedside table alongside it. This bed comes with handy integrated shelving alongside the back headboard, perfect for storing spectacles, a drinking glass or a book while you sleep. The angled sides give it a contemporary look, while the off-white colour nods to Nordic styling. It’s customisable, too; you can flip the panels at the back of the shelves to a coloured panel (pink, cappuccino or black), so it’s like having four bed designs in one. Two underbed drawers maximise the storage options.
£399 | Cuckooland *On sale from £499
Solid Birch Loop Stacking Bed
Dimensions: L200 x W80 x H20cm
Always one for clever design, the Futon Company uphold their standards with this take on a trundle bed. Stack two of the bed layers on top of each other to make a bench-like sofa or unstack them to make two single beds (or a king size bed, if you push them together). You’ll need to purchase two of the beds as the prices shown online are for one layer, but it’s an investment in style and function. Pick the comfort futon mattress option if you want an extra comfortable night’s sleep.
Habitat Tamara daybed
Dimensions: W98 x L202 x H72cm
It’s fair to say that some daybeds look a bit childish, but this grey fabric option from Argos is sophisticated and well-proportioned. Add a blanket and some scatter cushions to make it fit for daytime use, or transform it into a bed with mattresses. The pull-out trundle bed glides out from under the frame easily to make a second sleeping space, then tucks away neatly to look like part of the sofa. The price online doesn’t include mattresses, but any standard single mattress will fit.
Symple Stuff Isabelle Daybed
Dimensions: H34 x L190 x W95cm
Clean edges and an unfussy design makes this our top pick for fans of minimal interiors. The stylish design is ideal for smaller spaces and the lockable legs can fold flat to making storing it away a breeze. Dress it with a pretty throw and cushions to amp up the hygge vibes.
For looks, simplicity and comfort, Loaf’s Kipster daybed takes the trophy. It is one of the higher-priced daybeds on our list, but the solid oak build and squishy mattress are worth splurging on.