Either way, with each tip, you’ll be moving closer to your goal of making your daybed look and feel more like a couch. If you’re buying an upholstered daybed with wide armrests and padded backrest, your work is already halfway done! In fact, by buying the right style, the lines between a daybed and a sleeper couch can be significantly blurred. At the extreme, if you choose a daybed without arm or backrest, you’ll have a very difficult time to style it like a couch. Structurally, the two are completely different and there will be no way to make them the same unless you start adding extra pieces to the frame. Here are some great techniques to turn your daybed into a beautiful (and supremely comfortable) couch.
This makes it much easier to sit back and relax while the weight of your upper body is supported more evenly rather than by your hips alone. The pillow automatically creates the desired seating angle for a comfortable backrest, similar to that of a couch. This not only makes them more uncomfortable to rest your arm on but it really is one of the key visual differences between a daybed and a couch. It might not look like a big issue at first, but once you’ve used the daybed for a while, it’ll be painfully obvious, not to mention uncomfortable.
You could add some throw pillows which prop up against the side of the armrests, allowing some overlap onto the part where your arms rest. You’ll feel more at ease placing drinks, magazines or your cellphone down without having to stretch to the floor or a nearby coffee table.
Most of all, side tables will act as a visual frame, emphasizing the daybed between them as a welcoming seating area, where you can relax and unwind. You can add a large lamp in big spaces or little plant in smaller areas.
Unless stark and open is the look you’re going for, you’ll want to warm up the area with complementary furniture and decor.
That means you’ll need to shorten the seat length by around 17 inches using very large backrest cushions. If you don’t, you may end up placing pressure on the back of your legs while your feet are left dangling off the floor. This supports the lower part of your thighs (below your hamstring) and helps to “prop” you up on the couch.
If you’ll be using the daybed as a couch and intend to never really sleep on it, you could artificially create this slope in the following ways: But, even if you do plan on sleeping on the daybed, there should at least be some sort of elevation in the front which can be achieved by some clever placement of throw pillows.