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Chinese Daybed from the Ming Dynasty

Daybeds are used as beds as well as for lounging, reclining and seating in common rooms. Their frames can be made out of wood, metal or a combination of wood and metal.

They are a cross between chaise longue, couch and a bed.

Daybeds typically feature a back and sides and come in Twin Size (39 in × 75 in = 99 cm × 191 cm). Often daybeds will also feature a trundle to expand sleeping capacity.


Many of today's daybeds employ a linkspring as the support system for the mattress. The linkspring is a rectangular metal frame (roughly the footprint of the mattress) with cross supports. A wire or polyester / nylon mesh held in place by a network of springs lies across the top of the linkspring. The linkspring design provides support and creates clearance underneath a daybed for storage.

There are two categories of modern daybeds, indoor and outdoor. Daybeds can be hanging or stable, outdoor day beds usually have a roof like structure to protect from sunlight whereas indoor daybeds are simple.

Infant beds can be converted into a daybed by the removal of one side.

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