Donald D. Dean. Daybeds. December 05th , 2017.
In contrast to a Chaise daybed, a Sleigh daybed uses a more traditional design, inspired by the Victorian Era, utilizing classic lines, and decorative accents. This provides an impression of elegance and sophistication. The above are the main differences between a daybed, and standard beds or futons. Hopefully this article has given you clearer definition as to what a daybed really is. With this in mind, you should have all the necessary tools for you to make an informed decision the next time you are shopping for a daybed.
A daybed frame is quite different from that of a standard bed. Daybed frames usually are comprised of two arms and a back, imitating the basic structure of a sofa. There are two common types of frames; the link spring, and the platform. The link spring frame is a metal grid that acts as a box spring, and is attached to the frame to support the mattress. There is usually a gap between the frame and mattress to allow for bedding and making the bed. As for the Platform-style frame, the mattress is supported by either a Bunkie board or a slat rack. A Bunkie board, resembling a box spring without the coil work but thinner, fits inside the frame and is designed to support the mattress evenly.
Throughout Victorian times, what we know of contemporary daybeds were nonexistent. Rather, these beds were often wood daybeds, with limited comfort to them. However, the look and charm of these beds, and all of the layers of cushions and fine fabrics is something that has remained present throughout history. You will find modern elements to them today, including eco friendly mattress options and even upholstered headboards. Still, the look of them is very much still Victorian in many cases.
What Were Daybeds Like in the Victorian Bedroom. Imagine beautiful iron daybeds in a Victorian bedroom and you might imagine frills and extra bedding, but in fact, this is not likely to be the case. During Victorian times, what we would consider a modern daybed mattress and bedding was not the same as it was present at that time. In fact, you are not even likely to see this type of furniture within the bedroom at all. They were often placed in a fainting room, a room usually off the parlor or in the main area of the home, where a woman could go to recover from fainting spells usually caused by overheating or a shortness of breath due to the tight fitting corsets she wore.
The investment in any bedroom furniture should be done with care. Buy quality. Ensure that the furniture offers function in the way that you need it to. Be sure that you enjoy the overall look of the piece. If you buy a poorly designed daybed with trundle and put it in your living room, it will simply look like an extra piece and will downplay the overall style of the room. However, buying quality reduces this risk tremendously.
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