Day beds - our pick of the best

Looking to utilise space in your home? A day bed is a practical choice; it can be a sofa, single bed (a double in some cases) and even an alternative storage solution.

As the summer months arrive we start to to think about the perfect place to take an afternoon siesta and providing extra beds for guests - a handy day bed can tick all the boxes. A day bed posing as a sofa in the living room is the place to enjoy lazy afternoons with a book, which then becomes the perfect place to fall asleep in complete comfort. This design is particularly perfect for a teenagers bedroom; dressed as a sofa to give them a space in their own environment to relax but then an instant extra bed for when friends sleepover.

There are so many different options available to suit each and every purpose. Opt for a traditional metal frame in warm white for a country-style room, or enhance a contemporary living space with a Scandi-inspired wooden design. Choose a sophisticated wool finish for a modern living room, or cater for a fashion-conscious teen with a sleek black metal bed. Be inspired by our selection of the best day beds to help you make the most of a spare bedroom or living room.

Bed made from steel rods with with mattress and white pillow

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1. Resto Day Bed


Dimensions: H120 W99 L199cm

Perfect for adding a sense of charm to your home, this day bed looks great against a backdrop of warm colours. It features an arched back of steel rods, allowing it to double up as a sofa. Available in both cream and black, these contrasting options allow it to match with any decor colour scheme.

Resto Day Bed, £299, John Lewis

Grey day bed with wooden legs

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2. Caterpillar Day Bed


Dimensions: H55 W66 L202cm

This design looks so inviting with it’s squidgy, almost bolster like, cushioning. It would sit beautifully within a modern living space. With a unique design and style, reminiscent of a caterpillar, this day bed is as stylish as it is comfortable. Featuring a raised headrest, this day bed is perfect for a little nap throughout the day but fully functional as seating at all other times.

Caterpillar Day Bed, £449, Made

Day bed with pillows on wooden floor behind coffee table with surrounding plants

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3. Keraton Carved Day Bed


Dimensions: H93 W193 D103cm

The Asian inspired design of this wooden day bed means it would look just as good set in an exotic conservatory surrounded by foliage as it would in a traditional guest bedroom. The slatted back and sides are finished with ball finials. Comes complete with a cream canvas-covered mattress and cylindrical bolster cushions.

Keraton Carved Day Bed, £1475, Lombok

Elegant day bed with white frame and beautiful bedding on a wooden floor

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4. Evie Day Bed


Dimensions: H114 W101cm L198cm

An elegant day bed, with a warm white frame that just radiates summer vibes. A perfect bed for a traditional country house. It's displayed here with both a mattress and the Evie Guest Bed, both of which are sold separately.

Evie Day Bed, £249, Feather & Black

Steel frame bed with white mattress and pillows

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5. Essina Single Daybed Frame


Dimensions: H106.5 W201 D100.5cm

A great addition to any home, this day bed is a great solution when guest accommodation is needed. This bed also comes with a trundle, meaning you can extend it out from a single to a double. Mattress sold seperately.

Essina Single Daybed Frame, £176, Wayfair

Cream wooden storage bed with white mattresses, pillows and throws

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6. Jessica Day bed


Dimensions: H80 W98 L198cm

An adorable day bed that features a very useful pull out guest bed, which can be tucked away when not in use. With a white panelled finish, this bed would compliment the decor of any contemporary homes.

Jessica Day bed, £310, Worldstores

Victorian-style day bed with two white mattresses

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7. Hastings Pewter Day Bed


Dimensions: H119 W200 D96/185cm

Slick curves on the framing give this bed a very luxurious feel. This stunning Victorian-style day bed, comes complete with two mattresses, one of which can be found underneath on a trundle to be pulled out to make a double bed. It features an elegantly designed frame, made from hand-poured castings with a pewter finish.

Hastings Pewter Day Bed, £840, Laura Ashley

Envelope bed with space underneath for the second bed

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8. Envelope Bed


Dimensions: H61 W192 D108cm when closed. H61 W192 D179cm when open.

This envelope bed is perfect for anyone short on space, with the intention of having guests over. It features a second fold-out bed, designed to be stored underneath giving you more space when it's not in use. 

Envelope Bed, £1450, OKA


Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.