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Daybeds a Place to Sleep and Lounge

Nov 29, 2007
Modern daybeds offer a decorative and practical alternative to the traditional sleeper sofa. A simple daybed is a great way to turn that extra bedroom into a comfortable spot to congregate, lounge and catch some sleep. Available in many styles, there is a daybed that can compliment any decor.

When accommodating an overnight guest, the daybed can be quickly converted from a place to sit to a comfortable bed. All you need to do is turn down the covers and you are ready to go. While sofa beds are convenient they do come with some drawbacks compared to daybeds.

The mattress of the typical sofa bed is much thinner than a standard mattress. Daybeds can accommodate a standard twin size mattress, even thicker plush and pillow top mattress styles. I personally find most sofa bed mattresses to be a little lumpy for my taste and no comparison to a quality bed mattress.

Standard size fitted bottom sheets can be used with the thin mattress of a sofa bed but my experience is that the sheets do not fit very well. The pockets of most fitted sheets are deep enough for a standard height mattress. Since the mattress on most sofa beds is so thin, the sheets fit rather loosely. A daybed can accept a standard size twin mattress and fitted sheets can be used without bunching which I find to be much more comfortable.

As the name implies, a daybed can used as a place to relax during the day. Many decorative daybed covers are available to match most any decorating motif, from high style to the simplicity of a country cottage. Since the days of antiquity, variations of the modern daybed graced the home of Roman senators and Greek philosophers. Wood was a scarce commodity in many areas of the Mediterranean and early daybeds were often made of marble or stone and lavishly upholstered in silks.

Decorating is made easy with a daybed. The look and feel of your daybed can be changed on a whim. Daybed covers and linens can be found in hundreds of colors and styles. Oversized pillows and shams can be used to achieve a stylish look. Ruffled dusters can be used to encase the daybed in a fabric and color that suits your every mood. Daybed covers sets usually come with a top cover and matching pillowcases. Online shopping provides consumers with almost endless selection of style and color choices that may not be available at a local retailer.

Trundle beds have long been a popular addition to the daybed. Trundle beds are designed to fit conveniently under the daybed and can be pulled out when needed. Trundles are the perfect solution to accommodating overnight guests without the need to invest an extra bed.

During the day, the trundle can be placed back under the daybed, out of sight and out of the way. A very innovative step in the design of trundle beds is popup models. Stored under the daybed, popup trundles raise up to the same height as the day bed, doubling the available sleeping area. The combination of a daybed and trundle is a great alternative to the traditional bunk bed for a childs room.

So think about a daybed as a choice in decorating and providing a comfortable spot to just curl up and relax.
About the Author
Mitch Endick is a short article writer for the popular daybed site: http://www.daybedcovers.com. He provides informative advice on purchasing quality daybed covers and ensembles.
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