Donald D. Dean. Daybeds. December 07th , 2017.
When there is need for extra sleeping room the problem has been solved. Imagine a single bed that has become a sofa in style and usage. It is possible today. Starting with the construction, today we can find them made of iron, brass, and wood. No longer does this piece of furniture look like a spare item stuck in the middle of a room like a huge white elephant. Quite the contrary!
From the beginning of the 1700`s to the middle part of the 1800`s the daybed frame began to take on a more elegant design. They were given names like "a duchesse brisee", "chair `a duchesse", "sofa da reposo" and the "kangaroo` day-bed". Some of these were adorned with beautiful drapes and made to look elegant while others were plain and simple. From the mid 1800`s to the first part of the nineteenth century daybeds were used mainly as a place to sit and rest or to lie down for a short period of time. They took on a variety of different styles throughout this era. They ranged from hard flat surfaces to daybed frames with cushions placed on top to increase the comfort level. By the end of the late nineteenth century, designers began experimenting even more and many unusual designs were made. Some were practical and useful while others were not.
Daybeds may also incorporate a trundle unit as well. Trundle units allow for an extra mattress to be stored underneath, to be pulled out for extra sleeping space when needed. You can choose a pop-up trundle unit, where the extra mattress can be rolled and elevated to the same height of the daybed, converting it into a king-sized sleeping area. The other option for trundle units is a pull-out, where the extra mattress is rolled out on wheels or a glider. However, these do not elevate to the daybeds height, forcing you to sleep much lower to the ground.
The daybed frame has undergone many changes throughout the ages but they never lost their appeal. Today they have many purposes. Some people use them as the main bed for homes that have tiny bedrooms. They are also used as beds for guest and as a decorative item.
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.
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