You can never have too many places for downtime and lounging around at home, right?

Enter the daybed. A daybed is the perfect indulgent and versatile modern furniture solution. It can be used for sitting, meditating, studying, reclining with a book and maybe even getting a quick forty winks.

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Originating in ancient Greece daybeds, aka klines back in the day, would be placed in common areas of the home where guests mingled, serving a similar function to couches today. Daybeds were a place for leisure, lounging and socialising. They were commonly fashioned out of stone or marble adorned with lots of pillows and cloth for comfort.

Thankfully we’ve come a long way since ancient times and we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to selecting daybed styles and materials for our homes.

Whether you’re considering a cosy custom designed built-in piece or purchasing a timber four poster daybed, there’s sure to be a style below that’ll inspire your choice.

Home library

Add some instant decorative panache to a study or reading zone with an enticing upholstered daybed (or two!).

 Image: Jessica Helgerson Interior design Image: Jessica Helgerson Interior design

Make the space extra inviting and homely with the addition of a cosy quilt, plenty of throw pillows and a sheepskin rug.

Up your daybed’s functionality by adding built-in drawers and shelving for additional storage of documents, knick-knacks, stationary and reading materials.

Don’t forget to place a small coffee table or shelf close at hand to stow extra books, magazines and a cup of coffee as you while away hours on end.

Poolside

There’s nothing that screams luxe resort-style living quite so well as a poolside daybed. It’s the ideal spot for soaking up some vitamin D, keeping an eye on the kids as they play in the pool and enjoying a poolside picnic.

 For sale: 30 Sunrise Road, Palm Beach, NSW For sale: 30 Sunrise Road, Palm Beach, NSW

Ensure you pick out waterproof and weather resistant cushions and materials, to keep your daybed looking fresh, even after a few stray splashes escape the pool.

Depending on the layout of your pool, the addition of a long built-in bench-style daybed (as pictured below) can also help provide loads of extra seating when hosting a pool party or BBQ. 

 For sale: 6 Five Springs Lane, Currumbin Valley, QLD For sale: 6 Five Springs Lane, Currumbin Valley, QLD

Living room

As one of the most used and sociable rooms in the home, the living area will definitely benefit from a daybed addition.

Snuggle up for a movie night or cheer on your team in a big sporting event from your ultra-comfy daybed.

Wow guests when you hang out by making an oversized hanging daybed design the decorative focal point of your living room.

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Patio

Add whimsical flair to your porch or balcony by hanging a super chic daybed from the ceiling so you can swing gently back and forth while you lounge and take in the fresh air.

Imagine perusing the morning paper, watching the sunset or stargazing with the little ones from your special hanging patio daybed.

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Spare room

A daybed is an ideal space saving solution for that spare room you don’t know what to do with. The daybed can serve a dual purpose as a couch in a kid’s playroom, TV room or den and as overnight guest accommodation when you need it.

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Pushing a daybed up against a wall offers you more floor space than a typical bed would, so you have more freedom with how you use the rest of the room.

Opt for a daybed with trundle for your spare room, so you have double the spare sleeping space for those unexpected overnight guests and kid’s sleepovers.

She shed

The ultimate space to hide away at the bottom of the garden or a ‘she shed’ wouldn’t be complete without somewhere super comfy to put your feet up away from the noise of your household and enjoy some serious me time.

Whether that means binge-watching your favourite show on the iPad, knitting a scarf or simply having a cup of tea, a daybed will help you do all these things and unwind in optimum comfort.

We love the feminine feel of this curvy white wrought iron daybed. Take it to the next level of pretty with the addition of a floaty canopy and fairy lights.

 For sale: 16 Lisle Street, Narrabeen, NSW For sale: 16 Lisle Street, Narrabeen, NSW

For more lust-worthy interiors check out these wonderful window seats, laid-back hanging chair ideas and amazing outdoor reading nooks.

Happy daybed hunting!

The Homely Team

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Larissa Gardner
Larissa Gardner is the Marketing Manager at arguably Australia’s best looking real estate website homely.com.au. With a superb devotion to product innovation, user-centred design and innovative marketing platforms for real estate agents, homely.com.au helps millions of Australians find their next home.

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