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Chinese daybed from the Ming Dynasty

Daybeds are used as beds as well as for lounging, reclining, and seating in common rooms.[1] It may be considered a form of multifunctional furniture. Their frames can be made out of wood, metal or a combination of wood and metal.[2] They are a cross between a chaise longue, a couch, and a bed.

Daybeds typically feature a back and sides and may for example come in twin size (100 cm × 190 cm; 39 in × 75 in). Often daybeds will also feature a trundle to expand sleeping capacity.

Modern daybeds[edit]

Many of today's daybeds employ a linkspring as the support system for the mattress. The linkspring is a rectangular metal frame (roughly the footprint of the mattress) with cross supports. A wire or polyester/nylon mesh held in place by a network of springs lies across the top of the linkspring. The linkspring design provides support and creates clearance underneath a daybed for storage.

There are two categories of modern daybeds, indoor and outdoor.[3] Daybeds can be hanging or stable; outdoor day beds usually have a roof-like structure to protect them from sunlight whereas indoor daybeds are simple.

Infant beds can be converted into a daybed by removing one side.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "the definition of daybed". Retrieved 2019-03-05.
  2. ^ "How to Choose a New Daybed". The Spruce. Retrieved 2019-03-05.
  3. ^ Syndicate, Elaine Markoutsas, Universal Press. "Time to cocoon? Sink into a daybed". Retrieved 2019-03-05.

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