Day Beds

Maximize your space and comfort with a day bed

All about day beds

Looking to maximize your space and comfort without sacrificing style? Look no further than a stylish and functional day bed. A day bed is the perfect solution for those who want the best of both worlds – a comfortable place to relax during the day and a cozy, supportive bed to sleep on at night. With its versatile design, a day bed can effortlessly transform any room into a multifunctional space. Whether you live in a small apartment, have a guest room that needs a makeover, or simply want to create a cozy reading nook, a day bed could be the right fit for you.

What is a day bed?

Think of a day bed as a cross between a sofa and a bed. A day bed looks like a couch, but uses a twin size (or larger) mattress instead of induvial sofa cushions. A day bed often features a backrest on the long side of the bed, and armrests on the side. It can function as a comfortable seating option during the day, providing a spot for lounging or socializing. And at night, it can easily be transformed into a bed, offering a read made sleeping surface. Because it uses a regular mattress, you can sleep comfortably on a day bed all the time.

One of the unique features of a day bed is its ability to serve as a seating option that can accommodate multiple people. Unlike a traditional sofa, which usually seats two to three people, a day bed can comfortably accommodate more individuals. This makes it an excellent choice for those who frequently entertain guests or have a large family.

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Walnut day bed

Benefits of a day bed in your home

Every tried to get a decent night sleep on a hide-a-bed sofa? Its hard!, or maybe too soft, and most likely very uncomfortable. With its standard size mattress, a day bed is a much more comfortable place to sleep when it comes time for sleep.

A day bed is a practical solution for those who live in small spaces or have limited guest room options. You can put a day bed in almost any room of the house. It can easily be positioned in a living room, home office or guest room, providing a comfortable seating option during the day and a cozy bed for overnight guests.

Wood day beds add a touch of style and sophistication to any room. With sleek design and elegant lines, a day bed can instantly elevate the aesthetic of your space. Whether you prefer a modern, minimalist look or a more traditional style, there are day bed options to suit every taste and style

A day bed is a versatile piece of furniture that adapts to your changing needs. It can be used as a comfortable reading nook, a place to relax and unwind after a long day, or even as a makeshift workspace. Its versatility makes it a practical investment that offers long-term value.

Day bed vs. traditional sofa: which is the better choice?

When it comes to choosing between a day bed and a traditional sofa, it ultimately depends on your specific needs and preferences. While both options offer seating and comfort, there are a few key differences to consider.

One advantage of a day bed over a traditional sofa is its ability to function as a bed. If you frequently have overnight guests or live in a small space with limited bedroom options, a day bed provides a convenient and comfortable sleeping solution. A traditional sofa, on the other hand, may not offer the same level of comfort and versatility.

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White Oak day bed with trundle

Another consideration is the size and shape of the furniture. Day beds are generally compact and streamlined, making them a great choice for small spaces. Traditional sofas, on the other hand, come in a variety of sizes and styles, allowing you to choose one that best fits your space and aesthetic preferences.

Its also important to consider the overall design and style of your room. A day bed adds a unique and stylish element to any space, while a traditional sofa offers a more classic and familiar look. Depending on your personal style and the overall aesthetic of your home, one option may be more appealing than the other.

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Maple day bed with trundle

Day bed sizes

While most day beds are used with a twin size mattress, a day bed can be ordered with any size bed found in our mattress size guide. The twin XL mattress, which at 80 inches long is 5 inches longer than a standard twin, is a popular upgrade in that it provides both more room for people sit and for tall people to sleep. A queen size day bed may be the ultimate choice for lounging both day and night.

Day bed materials and construction: What to look for when purchasing

When purchasing a day bed, it’s important to consider the materials and construction to ensure durability and longevity. Here are some key factors to keep in mind:

1. Frame material: The frame of a day bed can be made from a variety of materials, including wood, metal, or a combination of both. Wood frames offer a classic and timeless look, while metal frames provide a more modern and industrial feel. Consider the overall aesthetic of your space and choose a frame material and color that complements your decor.

2. Mattress quality: The comfort of a day bed is largely determined by the quality of the mattress. Look for a mattress that offers adequate support and is made from high-quality materials. Memory foam or hybrid mattresses are popular choices as they provide excellent comfort and support.

3. Upholstery fabric: If your day bed has upholstery, consider the type of fabric used. Opt for fabrics that are durable, stain-resistant, and easy to clean. Linen, microfiber, and leather are all good options that can withstand everyday use.

4. Construction: Pay attention to the details of the construction of the day bed, particularly the joints and overall stability. Look for solid construction with reinforced corners and sturdy support beams to ensure the longevity of your day bed.

By considering these factors and investing in a well-built day bed, you can enjoy years of comfort and style.

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Double day bed with storage drawers

Day beds with storage: making the most of limited space

Another advantage of a day bed over a traditional sofa is the storage options it can provide. Many day beds come with built-in drawers or shelves, offering a practical storage solution for small spaces or rooms with limited storage options.

The drawers or shelves can be used to store extra bedding, pillows, blankets, or any other items you want to keep within easy reach. This not only helps to help keep your space organized but also maximizes the functionality of your day bed.


If your day bed doesn’t come with built-in storage, you can still make the most of the space underneath by using decorative baskets, bins, or storage containers. These can be easily tucked away and provide a convenient way to store items without cluttering your space.

Additionally, consider utilizing the space above your day bed by installing floating shelves or wall-mounted storage units. This allows you to display decorative items, books, or other belongings, adding a personal touch to your space.

By optimizing the storage potential of your day bed, you can create a more organized and clutter-free environment, even in the smallest of spaces.

Day bed with trundle – the ultimate in flexibility

Some of our most popular day beds include a trundle. The purpose of a trundle bed is to save space by hiding a second mattress in a large “trundle drawer” under an upper platform bed frame. When the lower bottom bed frame is needed it slides out for use, and then can be quickly put away in the morning. A day bed is a type of platform bed that can easily accommodate this trundle drawer, adding a option of a second bed, or larger bed when it is needed.

Solid Custom Heirlooms offers 2 types of trundle beds:

A pull out trundle bed frame is a simple design that hides has a second bed under the primary sleeping surface. When the trundle drawer is pulled out the second bed is at a lower level than the primary bed. Most often used for guests, this design is also popular with parents teaching their children to sleep in a “big kid bed.”

A pop up trundle bed frame is like a pull out, but includes a mechanism that raises the second mattress to the same height as the first, providing the option of two small beds or one large bed.

Day bed accessories and bedding options: enhancing comfort and style

To enhance the comfort and style of your day bed, consider incorporating accessories and bedding options that reflect your personal taste and preferences.

Start with a comfortable mattress to ensure a good night’s sleep. Choose a mattress that suits your preferred level of firmness and provides adequate support for your body. Adding a mattress topper can also enhance the comfort and softness of your day bed.

Next, select bedding that complements the overall aesthetic of your room. Consider the color, pattern, and texture of your bedding to create a cohesive and inviting look. Whether you prefer crisp white linens for a clean and fresh feel or bold, patterned duvet covers for a statement look, there are endless options to choose from.

Pillows and cushions are another great way to add comfort and style to your day bed. Mix and match different sizes, shapes, and textures to create a layered and inviting look. Opt for pillows with removable covers for easy cleaning and versatility.

And don’t forget about throws and blankets. These can not only add warmth and coziness to your day bed but also serve as decorative accents. Choose throws in complementary colors or patterns to tie the whole look together.

Day bed maintenance and care: keeping your investment in top condition

To ensure the longevity and beauty of your day bed, it’s important to follow some maintenance and care tips:

1. Regularly clean your day bed by vacuuming or brushing off any dust or debris. This will help to prevent the buildup of dirt and allergens.

2. For upholstered day beds, check the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and care. Some fabrics may require professional cleaning, while others can be spot cleaned with mild detergent and a damp cloth.

3. For wooden day beds, dust regularly and use a wood cleaner or polish to maintain its shine and protect the wood from scratches and stains.

4. Rotate the mattress periodically to ensure even wear and prolong its lifespan. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for mattress care and maintenance.

Custom day beds from Solid Custom Heirlooms

Solid Custom Heirlooms is a 3-generation strong family business based in the small town of Vinton, Ohio and is dedicated to crafting fine custom furniture, including canopy beds, from locally sourced hardwoods. The hardwoods that are used in our furniture are sourced exclusively from the Appalachian region of the United States. We believe “Solid is Best” and use solid wood wherever possible in our designs and finishes.

We take pride in working with every customer to design and build furniture that best meets their needs. We gladly accept custom orders and discuss each piece of furniture with our customers. If you see furniture on our website and have an idea on how to customize it to make it best for you – please don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your ideas.