If you have a daybed hiding in a spare room, it might be time to do a little rearranging. A daybed can be a great addition to your living room, whether you tuck it under a window or squeeze it into a nook; use it in place of a second sofa; or smother it in throw pillows and call it "couch." In fact, each of these 11 daybed in the living room ideas might even make you want to ditch your sofa so you can slip into something a little more comfortable (the daybed, that is).
1. Under a Window
Copy Victoria Smith from SF Girl by Bay's daybed in the living room idea and create a bright and airy seating or reading area (as well as an extra place for guests to sleep) by putting your new fave piece of furniture under a big window. Change out your throw pillows every season to keep your living room daybed looking and feeling fresh.
2. Dark Monochrome
3. Dual Daybeds
These Pop & Scott "Dreamer" couches ($3,397.95) might be called couches, but we're onto them. They're totally fancy daybeds, and if you can afford one, you should go ahead and buy two and style them together like shop owners Poppy Lane and Scott Gibson did in their own home.
4. Room Divider
Trying to fill space or break up an open floor plan? Try this backless daybed in the living room idea. It can work as a room divider that doesn't interfere with sightlines, while also providing extra seating, as seen in this gorgeous great room from the team over at KADLEC Architecture + Design.
5. Modern Reading Nook
If you're going for a more modern daybed-in-the-living-room look, an armless, backless option is the perfect way to create a reading nook that doesn't feel quaint or cutesy. But don't take our word for it, just stop and stare and this space designed by Black Lacquer Design.
6. Awkward Entryway Solution
Every home has its awkward spot. If yours happens to be a ridiculously large entryway (you know, right in the middle of your living room) a daybed might be the answer. Designer Anita Yokota made a rattan daybed in her entryway feel modern and timeless with a mix of colors and textures.
7. In Place of a Second Sofa
Sometimes a room needs a second sofa, but it might interrupt your sightline, or make the space feel too crowded. Enter the low, minimalist daybed. Bigger and comfier than a bench but not as bulky as a couch, it's the perfect way to add seating while maintaining that open, airy aesthetic.
8. BE the Couch
Whether you have space constraints or just like the look and versatility of a daybed, it doesn't have to be relegated to secondary living room seating. With enough throw pillows, this midcentury daybed from West Elm ($800) could play the part of a great centerpiece couch.
9. Fancy Pants
If you're going to put a daybed in your living room, you might as well put a really nice daybed in your living room. Get inspired by this dreamy white-on-white look from Toronto designer Christine Dovey.
10. Big and Bohemian
Don't you just want to fall into this beautiful blue daybed from Jungalow designer Justina Blakeney? The deep-set base makes it a perfect place to display your growing throw pillow collection. If you want to try this look with a smaller piece before you go full daybed, check out the Hopper Daybed from Urban Outfitters ($249).
Daybeds are versatile from both a utilitarian and design perspective. And this Scandi-chic rocking beauty is no exception. The light wood frame and clean design works exceptionally well in a minimalist space, and we love the punch of contrast courtesy of sleek black decor and bold black-and-white art work and patterned textiles from Danish brand OYOY. Swoon!
Emily Farris lives in a century-old Arts & Crafts bungalow in Kansas City, MO with her burly husband, toddler son, and two rowdy rescue mutts. She's written for Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, and The Cut. When not busy cleaning up after somebody, she's posting about drinks and decor on Instagram @theboozybungalow.