Low/Mid/High: The Best Daybeds and Chaises

Low/Mid/High: The Best Daybeds and Chaises

Arlyn Hernandez
Aug 10, 2016
(Image credit: Elle Decor)

We recently posted an article praising the daybed, a wonderfully versatile and woefully underused piece of furniture that, besides serving as an extra spot for guests to sleep (or for you to nap) can also transform your living room by opening up all sorts of furniture layouts that wouldn't be possible with a more traditional couch. If you're thinking about adding a daybed or chaise to your own home, here are 14 stylish options at every price point.


We see this daybed just about everywhere, and as our lowest priced option on this list, it's a great buy! The price tag is for the frame only, but Urban Outfitters sells some really stylish daybed cushions as well to add some pizazz to your living space.

World Market's Indonesian daybed frame fits a standard twin mattress, so this is a great option for a guest bedroom, or even studio apartment, as it could do double duty as an extra-deep sofa (with the help of a few plush throw pillows).

I've lounged on this chaise many-a-time during my occasional jaunts to IKEA, and it's pretty squishy and comfortable. It's just over 5 feet long, so if you're vertically challenged (like I am), it's even long enough to fully lay across for a nice nap.

Such a great daybed for an awkward corner, as the back and one side are fully upholstered (the other side, note shown, is open). Commenters on Overstock have awarded it an average 4.8-star rating, though many complain about the lengthy and complicated assembly.

This classic chesterfield is hiding a secret: a trundle bed! Try setting it up in a home office/guest bedroom.

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A Louis-silhouette daybed is a fast way to add instant class to any room. The price noted above is a sale (originally $999); it comes in three different finishes.

If you love the cane look, but aren't all that keen on the ornate detailing of a Louis-style, CB2s Boho daybed is a nice middle ground. You can pair it with the low-profile mattress by the brand, or used a standard twin.

West Elm's Parsons daybed is a favorite amongst designers, bloggers, and the design world in general.

Like vintage, but new! We love the rattan and the sinuous curves of S&L's daybed. It reminds us of a petite sleigh bed, but without the bulk.

From our last posting of the best daybeds and chaises, reader Hitch commented: "Crate & Barrel has one that I really like (//www.crateandbarrel.com/marlowe-daybed/s365362) that has arms on either end and is basically the size of a twin mattress. Which seems great, until you are actually sitting on it and it's HUGE. Like, really good for a single person to nap on. But, for its size, it also seems like a really awkward thing for more than one person to sit on, and then...it's just a really big seat for one."

The Marlowe is a really great chaise-like daybed, and we recommend using it like you would a tête-à-tête (one person on each side), as long as you really like each other!

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This is minimalism at its finest. Its super simple lines make this daybed visually light yet intriguing. It would be wonderful in a loft space to separate rooms.

Designer Jonathan Adler is the master of modern Hollywood Regency, and his Maxime daybed is a total babe.

Ah, the head honcho of daybeds. Mies van der Rohe's Barcelona Couch is one of those pieces that, when you finally get one for your home, you know you've made it (at least design-wise.) It carries a hefty price tag, but it's a true investment.

This daybed has graced many "best product" lists from European shelter mags, and we can see why. It somehow manages to be utilitarian and chic all in one. It's made in the U.K., but is available at a few retail locations stateside.

*This article has been re-edited from a post that originally ran in 2015. - AH

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