The best daybeds

Not quite a sofa, not quite a bed, a daybed is an essential for frequent hosts

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The appearance of a daybed might bring back unpleasant memories of university and flat-share futons but daybeds are the real deal. A far cry from the cheap and cheerful futon, they are thoroughly grown-up and surprisingly useful pieces of furniture, using a proper mattress and a sturdy frame to provide you a place to sit or power-nap during the day, and extra capacity should overnight guests suddenly appear on the doorstep.

For added utility, some daybeds even come with a built-in trundle, an extra bed that can be pulled out of the daybed’s deep frame at a moment’s notice to house guests, or drawers for added storage, neatly keeping things like extra linen, throws and pillows out of sight.

After you’ve decided what you want your daybed for — power naps in the home office, double-duty piece in the kids’ rooms, guest bed in the sitting room or second bedroom — it’s all down to the design. Iron-look Victoriana styling, plush and premium-looking modern sofas, contemporary chaises, even playhouses: it’s all here in this buying guide. Look for more guest beds in our dedicated guide.

1. Navarrete Daybed with Trundle

A high-class daybed with secret storage

Best for: Style and functionality
Colour: Grey
Bed size: Single
Dimensions: H104cm x W212.5cm x D103cm
Frame material: Wood
Reasons to buy
+High-end look +Useful under-seat storage 
Reasons to avoid
-Arms won’t be to everyone’s taste 

If there were ever a piece that would persuade you towards buying a daybed, it would be this one. The Navarrete from Wayfair comes in a beautiful soft grey shade, an elegant neutral that fits in anywhere, and boasts a tufted button-detail back that’s at once a nod to the antique and thoroughly modern. The high-cut curved ends (or arms, depending on how you’re using it) allow for an extra-deep mattress for ultimate comfort, and the trundle drawer offers storage for blankets and cushions. A beautiful-looking and useful piece that rightly sits in our top spot for best daybed. 

2. The White Company Classic House Day Bed

An imagination-boosting place for play and sleep

Best for: Kids
Colour: White
Bed size: Single
Dimensions: H199cm x L213cm x D106cm
Frame material: Birch and pine wood
Reasons to buy
+Lovely whimsical house design +Great for sleep or play 
Reasons to avoid
-Very expensive 

To create the ultimate hideaway in your child’s bedroom or playroom, look no further than this sweet indoor playhouse-meets-daybed from The White Company. It’s the most expensive option on our list, but for the sheer versatility and whimsy, it’s worth it. It’s tall enough for you to squeeze into for story time, and gives them a place to play and read as well as sleep, while the handy shelves let them keep their most beloved bits close to hand. We can’t comment on the ease of assembly, but once it’s up, that solid pine base and birch frame is sure to last. A wonderful investment piece to hand down. 

3. Laura Ashley Hastings Pewter Day Bed

This handsome daybed isn’t all good looks - it provides extra capacity, too

Best for: Luxury
Colour: Pewter
Bed size: Single (x2)
Dimensions: H119cm x W200cm x D96cm/185cm
Material: Metal
Reasons to buy
+Lovely pewter effect and thoughtful details +Sleeps two with handy trundle 
Reasons to avoid
-On the pricier side 

This trundle daybed is the ultimate meeting of style and function, offering sleeping space for two in the footprint of a single bed. This would be a great buy for anyone stuck for space, but who frequently finds themselves playing host, with a single bed up top and a trundle underneath that slides out when it’s needed, and neatly tucks away when it’s not. It has another big seller too, though, and that’s its luxury feel. The Victorian stylings, luxe pewter finish and cute shell details all conspire to make one high-end feeling daybed. 

4. Argos Collection Kingston Day Bed With Elliott Mattress

A sturdy, storage-filled and minimal day bed for the kids’ rooms

Best for: Older kids
Colour: White
Bed size: Single
Dimensions: W100cm x L200cm x H77cm
Material: Solid pine
Reasons to buy
+Solid pine frame +Built-in storage 
Reasons to avoid
-White can look dirty quickly 

Sturdy and affordable with oodles of storage, this solid pine daybed is the perfect piece for a kid’s room. Not only does it offer up a place to sleep for overnight guests that’s guaranteed to be comfier than a sleeping bag on the sofa, it also gives them extra seating for reading or playing video games, ensuring their room will be the one all their friends want to visit. It also doesn’t compromise on looks for the sake of durability, with a lovely matte white finish that’ll fit into any wild and wonderful room scheme.

5. Vigo Fabric Daybed

Catch your next forty winks in style on this modern chaise

Best for: Relaxation
Colour: Latte, red, heather, elephant, teal, chocolate
Bed size: N/A
Dimensions: H86cm x W76cm x D168cm
Material: Metal and fabric
Reasons to buy
+Cushioned, curvy design +Elegant modern look 
Reasons to avoid
-Not really for long sleeps

The design may not be quite what springs to mind when you think of a daybed, but Furniture Village’s Vigo looks to be the perfect place to put your feet up if you’re after a quick spot of relaxation during the day. Partway between a chaise and a daybed, its attractive curved base, attached headrest, thick cushioning and springy inner all come together in a design intended to cradle the spine and keep things comfortable. A useful and handsome addition to any modern home office.

6. Esprit Daybed

A short and sweet daybed in a sumptuously soft fabric

Best for: Guests
Colour: Silver, pewter or taupe
Bed size: Double
Dimensions: H68 x W225cm x D81cm/154cm
Material: Beech wood and fabric
Reasons to buy
+Low back doesn’t take up much room +Double pull-out bed 
Reasons to avoid
-Not the best as a sofa for back support 

A low-backed daybed is just the ticket if you want to make the most of the vertical space in your room and give the illusion of more openness, and to that end, we particularly like this Esprit daybed from Furniture Village. Handcrafted in soft, velvety fabric with modern turned beech feet that prevent the sizeable piece from looking too bulky, it transforms from a stylish-looking sofa perfect for a quick nap to a double bed, great for a sitting room or second bedroom that frequently sees guests.