Guide to Daybeds for Small Spaces
If you're decorating a den, living room, studio apartment or any other small space, it pays to know what's out there that can be of specific use to you.
The good news is there are some unique choices that are available that may serve you better than others.
Choose from corner, full-sized beds, low profiles daybeds and alternative solutions to get the perfect fit for your small home.
Daybeds with TrundlesMany space saving daybeds come with a trundle included. And this feature can come in handy if you have extra guests staying over and you want a discreet solution that sleeps up to two people in a room.
Place one in a den, guest room or bedroom to offer ample sleeping space that's truly space-conservative.
Other possibilities include using it in a studio apartment or loft as a "sofa bed" and making use of the trundle specifically for guests when they drop by.
Definitely ideal when you live in a bedroom-free home and you need to carve out sleeping space any way you can.
Corner DaybedsCorner daybeds are a perfect fit for small homes when a standard daybed won't do. Like most corner pieces, they fit snugly in a corner, leaving standard wall space available for other pieces of furniture.
Though corner daybeds work well for corners, it's important to note the length of the bed still takes up some wall space on one wall to the adjoining corners. In that way, corner daybeds are similar to standard daybeds.
The truth is a corner daybed isn't much different than your typical run-of-the-mill choice. What you get with a corner option is the aesthetics. It's structured in a way that it's visually pleasing and the eye views it a little different than basic daybeds, because of the corner headboard attached.
But if you look at it closely, it's all optical illusion. There's nothing strikingly different from a corner choice than a standard choice in terms of size. But what you do actually get is the appearance of space saved.
It keeps space open and in many small homes that's nearly as good as actual space saved. Since a primary component to furnishing a small home is all about illusion.
Full-Size DaybedsFull-size daybeds don't actually save space. In fact, they take up more space than your standard daybed. But in a small home this isn't always a bad trade-off, because what you're getting in return is a larger bed that can potentially sleep two people rather than one.
This can be the perfect solution in a home where a guest bed or regular bed is needed and bed sharing is required to make the most of your small space.
This set up is perfect for a couple that doesn't mind a bed that doesn't give them a lot of room for sleeping, but just enough for comfort. It may also work well for children who share a room.
Since the bed is sizable enough for adults, children should have no trouble with the ample sleeping space.
Low Profile DaybedsThe visual benefits is what you get best out of low profile daybeds. These daybeds operate a lot like platform beds. They conserve visual space, which means they keep space open in homes that thrive on a minimalistic approach.
The beds are a great alterative if you're looking for something with simple lines that will not dominate your home. They often also work well as sofas in smaller homes.
These are great alternatives if you want a make-shift sofa bed.
Although low profile daybeds are similar in appearance to sofas, it is also important to note that if you plan to use a daybed as a sofa, either in a living room, bedroom, studio apartment, den, or guest room, sometimes they are higher and not everyone who sits in them will have their feet touch the ground.
To offset this disadvantage, you can accommodate for this somewhat by decorating the bed with a considerable amount of pillows, which will give more back support, push the sitter forward and give the sitter a better chance to have their feet touch the ground.
But keep in mind, this trick doesn't work with everyone. Most likely your taller guests will only approve.
Take care to make guests happy by adding a chair or two by the daybed for comfortable lounging, so that if the bed isn't agreeable to them, the chairs will be their as a back-up choice.
Alternative SolutionsTwin storage or captain beds, without headboards or footboards, turned sideways and fixed against a wall can also pose as daybeds.
This may best suit a small home that really thrives from the "open space" concept. Decorate the storage bed with a bedding set and add some decorative pillows on top and you've got a great looking "daybed."
Note that storage beds have storage drawers attached, which will also give you the option to use them in place of a dresser, thereby saving you more space.
However, two additional things worth noting with these types of beds is that sometimes they are lower than a standard daybed, so to make up for height-loss, you may need to add a box spring or a second mattress or simply choose a taller storage bed option.
The other disadvantage is that you likely won't be able to add a skirt to the bed due to the structure of the bed. But the trade-off of space is well worth the minor disadvantages.
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