10 of the best... daybeds
There is something very appealing about the idea of a daybed. They immediately conjure up an image of luxury, and by that I don't necessarily mean opulence, although some of the ones featured here definitely fall into that category. No, it's more the concept of time as the ultimate luxury, the idea that you might have nothing more pressing to do than spending your afternoons reclining on a sumptuous piece of furniture, perhaps while reading a book or enjoying a drink, but certainly engaging in nothing more taxing than that.
And then there's the minimalism of them - stripped of arms and a back they are often quite simple and elegant pieces of design.
To those of us who live in typically small British homes they also appear luxurious precisely because they usually work best in large open spaces where they have room to breathe and be fully appreciated, a luxury that many of us don't enjoy.
Here are 10 stylish options to swoon over.
1. Pulse daybed by Skagerak
The Pulse daybed by Skagerak (above and top image) is a multifunctional piece of furniture designed to meet our growing need for flexible environments. The wool upholstered mattress lifts off and can be folded away to reveal a hatch from which a moulded felt magazine holder can be accessed. The lid of the hatch can even be used as a serving tray.
Skandium - £2,834.00
2. NORR11 Man DayBed
Drawing inspiration from Danish designs of the 50s and 60s this Bauhaus style leather and steel daybed from German-Danish brand NOR11 has an urban, masculine edge.
Houseology - £3,839.00
3. Series Four DayBed by Another Country
Launched in 2016 the Series Four daybed from the latest collection by Another Country features Rietveld inspired leg detailing. The mattress is made in Devon from organically certified and sustainable materials and is upholstered in Kvadrat fabric.
Another Country - £2790
4. PK80 DayBed by Poul Kjærholm at Fritz Hansen
Another Bauhaus inspired design, this leather day bed by Poul Kjærholm consists of a brushed stainless steel frame distilled down to its purest form with buttoned leather upholstery.
Aram - £12,456
5 Sonoma sofa bed by John Lewis
This versatile sofa bed from John Lewis converts from a single day bed into a king size bed. The twin bolster cushions, which attach magnetically, can be used as pillows or placed either end as arms.
John Lewis - £599
6 align daybed from menu
Designed by Anita Johansen the Align daybed from Menu has a classic Nordic aesthetic, respecting the history of Scandinavian design with its purity and quiet sophistication.
Black by Design - £1,699.95
7 Diva daybed by Gubi
From the Soft Collection designed by Gubi Olsen the Diva daybed was inspired by diverse historical and visual references including French cinema and a grand piano.
Clippings - £5,259.00
8. Contore bench by Pinch Design
A simple elegant symmetrical design with oak spindle legs by Pinch Design. The feather filled bolster completes the effect. (Photograph - James Merrell)
Pinch Design - £2190 (ex fabric)
9. Velvet and brass daybed by Tine K
With brass legs and rose velvet upholstery this lovely daybed from Tine K has a soft, homely elegance.
Tine K - €1075.00
10. Series 1 daybed by Another Country
Finally, we also really like the Series One daybed from Another Country. With woven wool upholstery, piped edges and button details it's a chic practical option for both daytime lounging and overnight guests.
Another Country - £2,585