Daybed Designs to Suit Your Style

Daybeds are the perfect piece of furniture to have in your home if you love (and live) to lounge. Not only are they super comfortable, but they’re a stylish addition to most rooms, and give you a great excuse to lay back and relax on a chilled out afternoon or as you drink your morning coffee.

Of course, daybeds are just like every other piece of furniture – they come in many styles to suit a huge variety of home aesthetics and interior design sensibilities. If you’re feeling swayed and are considering adding a daybed to your home, then it’s crucial to find a piece that really works with and complements your existing style.

It’s all in the details – certain styles beget specific materials, colours and physical features, so there are hallmarks to keep in mind when you begin your search. Here’s a rundown of what to consider when you’re purchasing a daybed to suit your existing style.

Daybeds by style

Sometimes known as chaises, daybeds are just like sofas in the sense that there are boundless styles on offer. So, it’s often easier to start by giving your room or home’s personal style a name, and then finding a daybed that has some of that particular aesthetic’s defining features. Let’s go over some of the most popular design tendencies we’re seeing…

Classic traditional

Brosa Theron Daybed styled in classic traditional living room

Theron Daybed | Shop all daybeds

Classic traditional style is characterised by simple, regal elements, with origins rooted in historic designs from the 1700s and 1800s. As a result, classic traditional pieces are often found in neutral colours and subdued jewel tones like blue, green and purple. Common elements include tufting and studs, rounded or curved arms and legs, deep wood tones and pared-back design.

In terms of daybeds, something reflective of classic traditional style will likely feature one long cushion to recline on, with curved angles rather than the sharpness of modernity. It may have a cushion at either end for comfort, but likely doesn’t come with additional overstuffed cushions.

Our pick: Theron Daybed

Mid century modern

Brosa Harper Daybed styled in mid century modern living room

Harper Daybed | Shop all daybeds

Mid century modern harks back to the 1950s and 1960s, where style boomed post-war with new fabrics, bold colours and exciting, forward-thinking designs. You’ll notice a lot of curves in mid century design, as well as deeper and brighter hues, mid-toned wood (think chestnut) and lush fabrics like velvet.

Translating these elements into a daybed likely means an attention-grabbing piece that’s just beckoning you to come on over and lay down with a good book! Channel mid century vibes with a velvet looker in a cool colour, that also may feature some tufting or studs on the base. Considering shape, mid century-style daybeds are prone to have a singular cushion at the top to rest your head, but might not employ symmetry by adding another for your feet.

Our pick: Harper Daybed

Modern contemporary

Brosa Lottie Daybed styled in modern contemporary living room

Lottie Daybed | Shop all daybeds

Although mid century modern has ‘modern’ in its name, it’s certainly not all sleek lines and achromatism – that’s where modern contemporary steps in and takes the reins. Typified by the cool and sleek style of the nineties and early 21st century, modern contemporary aesthetic is pared back, edgy (both figuratively and literally, with sharp, clean lines) and often, opulent. You’ll see luxe materials like marble, glass and metals make an appearance to complement a very neutral, cool-toned colour palette.

If you’re trying to evoke modern contemporary style with your choice of daybed, it’s likely you’ll be opting for something that’s all sleek lines and very little adornment. Grey, black or white should be your colour of choice, and legs will be a dark wood or silver metal. Say goodbye to fussy cushions and hello to a clean silhouette that can be, if desired, made more comfortable with throw pillows.

Our pick: Lottie Daybed

Scandinavian

Brosa Kate Daybed

Kate Daybed | Shop all daybeds

Finally, we can’t overlook the effortless and comfortable minimalism of Scandinavian style. It carries some of the same traits as modern contemporary design, but adds a softness that’s emphasised by the Scandinavian attitude, which values cosiness and a feeling of contentment in one’s home. As a result, Scandinavian style is very simplistic, with no frills or embellishments, but rather a focus on functionality and comfort. Colour palettes are usually made up of neutrals (god forbid a bright colour throw off that relaxing vibe!) and materials are long-lasting and plain, but beautiful in their own way. Light wood is very popular in Scandi design, as are light, almost spindly frames.

If you’re looking to channel a little Scandinavian simplicity with your daybed purchase, you’ll first want to think about practicality – does this do what it’s supposed to? If the answer’s yes, you’re already winning in Scandi’s book. Look for colours like soft grey, white, cream and tan, and for light wood legs. The silhouette of the piece will likely be very minimal and straight with no additional cushions or curvature in the design.

Our pick: Kate Daybed

Daybeds by design

Another way to pick out the perfect daybed is by engineering it so your first consideration is shape and design. Colour and texture are so important when it comes to style, so chances are, finding something that suits will rely heavily on these elements – meaning that you can shop based on the design you like first, and then use aesthetics to tie your daybed in with the rest of the room. These are four of the most common daybed designs.

Backless

Think of a backless daybed as like a really long ottoman, with no support at any end. They’re designed more for sitting down, although lounging is possible for the right person. With absolutely no support, a backless daybed is not the best if you’re looking for a really comfortable option to nap or lay down for hours. However, what’s great about these pieces is that they’re sleek and multipurpose.

Single-ended backless

A single-ended backless daybed has a cushion at one end, making it a great choice for unencumbered lounging and lazing. They provide some support for the head (or feet, if you prefer) with a cushion at one end. Ideal for tall people, there’s room to stretch out your legs at the other end with nothing getting in the way.

Brosa Monroe Daybed styled in modern contemporary living room

Monroe Daybed | Shop all daybeds

Double-ended backless

On the other hand, a double-ended backless daybed provides even more support, with a cushion at either end. Although they can be a little prohibitive for the tall people amongst us, they create that comfortable, almost enclosed feeling, making them ideal for the nap aficionado. This symmetrical style looks beautiful, and very clean, if you’re all about neat and organised design.

End and back

Finally, many daybeds also have back support, which allows them to toe the line between chaise and couch. Treat them like a sofa and lounge at an angle with your favourite book or show (or beverage), and then snuggle in for a nap when the time is right. The back support means that they’re always a comfortable option, and support at the opposite end adds versatility of use.

Whether you decide to focus on functionality first, or use style as your guide, choosing a daybed is no easy feat – we hope our tips have enlightened you a little bit in prep for finding the perfect place to lounge. A daybed is the ultimate piece of luxurious furniture that’ll turn any room into a beloved spot for soaking up the sunshine and chilling out. Now, all there’s left to do is work out where to put it!

If you’re ready to chaise after that new daybed (see what we did there?) shop our collection and explore options to suit any style. Here at Brosa, we offer a range of flexible Australia-wide delivery options and virtual styling services that’ll make shopping online an easy, stress-free task.