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This country seems to be divided between people who love and own day beds and people who haven’t the faintest clue what a day bed might be. Daybed – it is a curious moniker. Surely nothing could be more of an oxymoron than that phrase? What exactly is one supposed to do in a ‘day bed?’ Why should you consider buying one and where should you put it?

Once again, these are all fairly natural questions when it comes to people who aren’t quite familiar with the term day bed. If you happen to be one of them, you’ll be glad to know that a day bed is nothing more than a posh sofa bed. It’s more of a bed than a futon and less of a bed than a pull out, convertible couch, perhaps, says If you can picture the flying bed in the film Bedknobs &Broomsticks –you’re on the right track.

Here are just a few of the reasons why you should consider investing in a magical, elegant day bed.

They are Compact


Most day beds can fairly be called half-sofa and half-bed. They’re fairly lightweight, very compact and they usually don’t need any alterations before a person can sleep on them, says the eBay guide to buying a daybed. There are more complex products on the market that do involve fold out mechanisms and extra beds, but traditional day beds are exactly as you’d expect – long, comfortable sofas that you can sleep on at a moment’s notice. Therefore, they’re extremely good for rooms that lack space or rooms that might need to accommodate extra bodies from time to time. Unsurprisingly then, they’re a popular choice for children’s rooms.

They are Elegant


Day beds are actually one of the oldest types of bed – they actually date back to the early medieval era. Every time you’ve watched a Disney cartoon and seen a princess artfully reclining whilst waiting for her prince to arrive – you’ve seen a princess on her day bed. Princesses really did use this kind of bed, so it absolutely wouldn’t be a lie to tell your little girl that’s she’s sleeping in a princess bed. Daybeds tend to be quite ornate and pretty with a simple, yet elegant design, says the Telegraph.

They are Cheap


When compared with fully convertible sofa beds and futons, day beds tend to be great value for money. Even if you buy the frame and the mattress separately, you’ll most likely find that it’s still a lot cheaper than buying a sofa. So, if your children have a penchant for sleepovers but don’t have the room for several beds – why not consider investing in a cheap day bed with a trundle? Despite their visual beauty and appeal, they’re fairly cheap to buy and they’ll give you two extra beds to work with when friends come to stay.

They are Comfortable


Everybody has ended up spending the night on a sofa at some point in their life. It might have been the inevitable stupor after a heavy night of drinking, it might have been the result of a late night lovers tiff, you might have simply fallen asleep whilst watching movies – it doesn’t matter. What does matter is how stiff and achy you inevitably feel in the morning, and that’s because sofas aren’t meant to be slept on. Daybeds, however, very much are. They’re extremely comfortable and the mattress can be replaced whenever necessary – something that can’t be done with a sofa.

Judy Ballard is a soft furnishings designer. She recommends Bed Home for top quality, but cheap day beds. Judy can usually be found creating new designs and blogging about her work.