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How to Buy a Daybed

From material to mattress, we break it down.

Photo: Mark Lund

First of all…what exactly is a daybed? That’s kind of a toughie because daybeds are like the original hybrid. They’re sort of a cross between a bed, a sofa, and a chaise lounge and have been around the home decor scene for a very long time. Here are some things to consider before you buy one:

Metal v Wood

Daybeds tend to be made of all metal, or a combo of wood and metal. Metal daybeds are more traditional and tend to be used just for sleeping while wooden ones are a little more modern and often used as sofas too.

Mattress Firmness

Firmer mattresses are better for a daybed used primarily for sleeping, but if yours is intended more for sitting, softer is better. Make sure the edge of the daybed is extra-sturdy because this is where it comes under the most strain. If it’s not reinforced well, you’ll have a collapsed daybed before you know it.

Mattress Material

You’ve got a few different options when it comes to the type of material for your mattress. There’s memory foam, which is comfy for sleeping and sitting but tends to retain heat -- so, not the best idea if you live in a warm climate. Then there are spring mattresses, which have the main advantage of being cheap. They’re not the comfiest, however, and can collapse around the edges after too much sitting. They also wear out quickly. The upscale (read: pricey) choice is a good quality hypoallergenic latex mattress.


This is a pull-out mattress on a set of wheels, which is stored under the daybed. When it’s time to go sleep, you can roll the mattress out and leave it on the floor making two separate twin beds, or lift it up to make one larger bed.

-- The Nest Editors

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