Looking to purchase one of the best daybeds currently on the market? You've come to the right place. While the appearance of a daybed might bring back unpleasant memories of university and flat-share futons, but if we're being honest, 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.
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.
WHAT IS THE BEST DAYBED YOU CAN BUY?
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We think the best daybed you can buy is the Hunter Grey Fabric Guest Bed. It's stylish, has lots of room for storage and it's super comfortable. What more could you need? Find out more about it below.
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HOW TO BUY THE BEST DAYBED
Where to buy the best day bed
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.
Day beds do usually come in a single size, however we've also included a double option for those after something to fill a larger space.
For those worried about durability, we've listed what the daybed's frame is made from too, whether it be wood or metal.
THE BEST DAY BEDS
If there were ever a piece that would persuade you towards buying a daybed, it would be this one. The Hunter day bed from Happy Beds 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.