Substituting a daybed for a standard bed is a functional idea for smaller bedrooms. Since the bed consists of three frames, it is able to be pushed against the wall at its widest point, allowing for more space throughout the rest of the room. There are many styles aside from the classic Victorian framed daybed. Daybeds can now be found in wooden and wicker frames as well as metal.

Victorian Daybed

Trundle Beds

Trundle beds are hidden under the main bed and can be pulled out when extra bedding is needed. This type of daybed is ideal for those with limited space. It can function as a sofa during the day and a bed when guests are sleeping over. Trundle daybeds are most commonly found in offices and dens that double as guestrooms as well as in a child's room. Since this type of bedding does not normally require a boxspring, it is as economical in price as it is in space.

A pop-up trundle is convenient in that it can transform a twin daybed into a king-sized bed. Pop-up trundles can be elevated, while the drawer trundle cannot. Drawer type trundles are usually only fit for a twin-sized bed.

Daybed Covers

If the primary use of a daybed is for seating, a daybed cover is worth considering. Rather than using traditional daybed bedding, the daybed cover gives the daybed the look of a sofa. These covers tightly fit the mattress and drop down the sides of the daybed, giving it a modern look. If the daybed cover does not reach the ground, a dust ruffle or bed skirt may be added.

Mattresses and Bedding

Daybeds are designed to fit twin-sized mattresses and bedding. The purchase of specialty daybed bedding is not required, however, many companies sell daybed ensembles. Daybed ensembles may come in complete packages that include the bedding, cover, pillows, dust ruffle and mattress. This makes it easy to coordinate colors and patterns, but it can be expensive. Daybeds do not require the use of a boxspring, so a twin mattress is all that is needed. The measurements of a twin bed are 39 inches by 75 inches.


There are many different styles to choose from in daybeds, ranging from the traditional Victorian to contemporary. Other styles include mission, chateau, sleigh and colonial. Each style has its own unique features that give the daybed a more polished look. Look around at all the possible styles before selecting a daybed.