day bedIt goes without saying that the right bed is a critical part of getting a good night’s sleep. When it comes to furnishing a smaller room, however, you may find yourself more limited in the options available. Whether you’re considering the sleeping arrangements for your own bedroom or for a guest room, we’ve put together this short guide to help you decide whether a daybed or a regular bed is right for your space.

What is a daybed?

This is the first question to answer. Daybeds are similar to ordinary beds in that they have a standard mattress and headboard, but they can also double up as a seating area when you’re not sleeping.

Which is best for seating?

Due to its backboard that runs along the full length of the bed, a daybed provides the best option if you need a piece of furniture that provides seating. This feature is especially good for studio apartments, or if the bedroom is small and doesn’t have space for a separate chair or sofa. Cushions can be placed across the backboard to provide comfy seating when the bed isn’t being used for sleep. Conversely, a regular bed is designed primarily for sleep, so the option of using it for seating is limited.

Which offers the best storage?

The storage options that are available depend on the type of bed that you choose. Many models, both single and double, are available with drawers, or compartments with sliding doors that can be used for storage. These are often built into the bed design, meaning your clutter is safely tucked away out of sight. If you need more than the average amount of storage though, day beds provide a little extra space between the floor and the mattress, as they don’t need box springs or box frames.

Which has more sizing options?

It won’t come as a surprise that a regular bed offers more choice when it comes to sizes. Ordinary beds are available in single, double, queen or king sizes, whereas daybeds typically come only in twin size. However, some models contain a pull-out facility that turns them into a double daybed, meaning you get the advantages of a seating area and more floorspace in the day, while also enjoying a comfortable night.

Which is the best value?

Although it’s possible to get good value regular beds, it’s often necessary to buy the frame and mattress separately, which can increase the cost. With daybeds – even those that can be made into a double daybed – however, it’s possible to buy the whole package, and it typically works out cheaper. If you’re on a budget, this might prove the better option.


In terms of versatility and value, day beds offer the greater appeal. However, if you’re simply looking for a comfy night’s sleep and perhaps a little space to store things, a bed is probably the best choice. Find out about the day beds we have available at Bed Kings by browsing our site.