Daybed Designs to Suit Your Style

A daybed is a perfect way to spend a sunny afternoon. Daybeds are comfortable and good-looking, and you’ll look good while lounging in one, too.

In this article, we’ll explore different daybed designs and help you navigate the daybed lingo so you’ll know which is right for you.

Daybed Styles

You may be more familiar with daybeds under the term chaise. Daybeds and chaises come in a few styles. Each style offers a different lounging experience, so it’s important to understand the differences.

Classic Traditional

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Classic traditional style daybeds have one long cushion to recline on. They also have at least one other cushion to rest your back against, though some have two. Classic traditional chaises typically have some cushion support on one side, too. 

Classic traditional daybeds may be easier to sit on than to sleep on.

Just think of a traditional chaise, and you’ll understand the concept of the classic traditional style.

Mid Century

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Mid-century style daybeds have one long cushion with another small cushion at the end. These daybeds are for horizontal snoozing rather than vertical lounging. You won’t find lumbar support sufficient to sit up with the mid-century daybeds.

Mid-century style daybeds could double as guest beds in a pinch. They tend to have the cushion on the bottom which won’t be hard on your guests’ backs.  

French Provincial

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French provincial daybeds bring a dash of opulence and a sprinkle of utility to the daybed. These daybeds may be suitable for sitting up in a kinglike manner, or they may be spread out with a cushion on each end.

Some French provincial daybeds have arms like a chair, which are typically covered by cushions. You may find French provincial daybeds harder to move around than their compatriots, as they tend to be heavier. 

Scandinavian

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Scandinavian daybeds emphasize being a bed. Scandinavian daybeds have one cushion, which is more like a pillow. Scandinavian minimalism defines the cushion design.

Because of their superior comfort, you could easily trick your house guests into thinking that your Scandinavian daybed was a single bed fit for a full night of restful sleep. 

Contemporary

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The contemporary daybed has two backs. The narrow back has a pillow in front of it, and the wider back has two pillows. You can either snooze horizontally in contemporary daybeds or prop yourself up into a sitting position comfortably.

Contemporary daybeds are the kind you’ll typically find in hotel rooms. 

Daybed Designs

Now that you know about the different daybed styles, it’s time to learn about the most common features of daybed designs.

Backless

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Backless daybeds have no supports anywhere along their main cushion. In short, backless daybeds are a bit like large and horizontally elongated ottomans

Backless daybeds are the best for horizontal napping or Roman style lounging propped up on an elbow. Because backless daybeds have a smaller footprint than other daybeds, you can fit them into smaller spaces than the other designs. 

You can also customize backless daybeds with cushions and other items more, as there are fewer design elements to get in your way. 

Double Ended

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Double ended daybeds have a small support which limits the daybed’s horizontal span. Typically, these daybeds have a cushion at each end. 

Double ended daybeds are great for lounging or napping but may pose problems for tall people. Long legs might bump against the far end and create discomfort during an attempted nap.

Instead, double ended daybeds work well to accommodate guests. If you place a double ended daybed against a wall and throw a few cushions onto it, you’ve just created a lovely improvised couch that two or three guests can enjoy.  

Single Ended

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Single-ended daybeds have only one back, which is typically covered by a large cushion. These daybeds are ideal for lounging while sitting up fully straight. The end of single-ended daybeds tends to be quite tall, almost to the height of a chair.

If you’ve ever dreamt of reclining in a royal spa, you’ve probably been imagining sitting in a single-ended daybed. Single-ended daybeds can be a bit heavier than other daybeds depending on how fluffy the back pillow is stuffed.

End and Back

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The end and back design of daybeds are common in upscale hotel rooms everywhere, so you’re probably familiar with them already. The end and back design have a modest end, protected by a cushion. They also have a slightly taller back, which may or may not be covered by additional cushions.

The end and back daybeds can sometimes have an awkward look about them, but they’re by far the most utilitarian daybeds. With end and back design daybeds, you can easily snooze horizontally regardless of how long your legs are.

Likewise, if you’d rather strike a Roman reclined pose while propped up by a cushion or an arm, you’ll have no issues with the end and back style daybeds.

Finally, if you prefer to fully sit up and browse a magazine in comfort, the end and back daybed will give you the back support you need to do so comfortably. You’ll also have the wondrous chance of dozing off and leaning into the back cushions while you read, which is a huge bonus. 

Wrapping Up

Which kind of daybed style or design do you see in your home? Would you rather have a daybed with the potential for creative use, or a daybed that’s more like a typical chaise? 

The choice is yours, but don’t forget that daybeds are very versatile. They may seem like an item for your living room, but with a bit of creative design and the choice of the right bed, you can turn your daybed into your house’s most surprising piece of furniture.