If your home, like many around the country, only has one spare bedroom, you will know that it has serve many
different purposes. In order to make it work properly, you need to equip it with multifunctional furniture such as
a daybed. Daybeds with trundle offer a sofa that can be used during the day and a bed with a real comfortable
mattress, all in one unit.
To some people, the thought of a daybed conjures up images of something that is lacy and frilly that they might
see in a little girl's room. However, while it is true that these styles can still be found, the choices available
these day's are as varied as the people that shop for them. With all of the frame, mattress and linen choices out
there, you will certainly be spoilt for choice when it comes to finding something to suit your needs.
When shopping, the first consideration is the frame. Daybed frames surround the mattress on two or three sides
and are made of metal, wood or a combination of both. Metal frames usually resemble brass beds and can be either
highly polished or painted to match or compliment the decor of the room.
Wooden frames are generally made from any type of strong wood, carved into various shapes, and which can bear
the weight of the mattress. From traditional to highly modern, you can find a design that is most at home for your
space. Wood, of course, can also be stained or painted to match any decor. Alternatively, your wooden frame may be
upholstered to resemble a more traditional sofa.
Some day beds also include an extra frame for a trundle. A trundle stores a second mattress under the bed, which
can be rolled in and out as required. This will then give you some extra sleep space when needed. Some trundle beds
roll out, staying close to the ground, while others lift the mattress to the same height as the daybed. This pop up
model is great for use by a couple or for children's sleep overs.
Next on the list of priorities when buying a daybed is to choose a high quality mattress. Since there is no box
spring for support, you will need the highest level of support possible. Another factor to consider is the sidewall
strength of a mattress. Since it will also serve as a couch, you need strong sidewalls that will not sag with
repeated use as a seating surface.
Last on the list is to find some appropriate linens. It used to be that finding daybed linens was difficult, but
many stores now carry complete daybed bedding sets. These packages include a skirt to hide the lower frame and/or
trundle with a mattress. Also in the package will be a comforter or bedspread to cover the main seating surface.
Finally, some packages even include pillows to cushion the back when used as a sofa. These packages come in a
variety of fabrics and patterns so you should be able to find one to suit your taste.
Finally, don't let the decision of what to do with that spare room threaten what is an otherwise healthy
marriage. Compromise is the name of the game. With a daybed, you get a couch for that office while your spouse gets
a bed with a comfortable mattress for the guest room - problem solved!