By Anna Kocharian

Published on April 1, 2017

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Photography by MIKKEL VANG

If you ask us, daybeds can be wildly underrated. More often than not, they’re reserved for the small-space: a compromise for the studio lacking enough square footage for both a sofa and a bed. With this in mind, we set out to prove that this misunderstood piece deserves a spot in your home, not as a last-resort, but as an accent piece that can make your decor scheme. Here’s what we found. 

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Photography by LINE KLEIN FOR ELLE DECORATION

We love daybeds for their sheer versatility. Pair a colorful pad with an eclectic variety of prints and textures, to impart the area with a dynamic finish. 

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Photography by STYLE BY EMILY HENDERSON

Emily Henderson’s dreamy nursery captured our design-loving hearts with its endlessly inspiring elements. Our favorite part? The beautifully-styled daybed that undoubtedly makes the space. 

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Photography by BRITTANY AMBRIDGE

Nap time just got a whole lot easier. Outfit a daybed with fluffy pillows and throws, creating a cozy spot for the little ones that feels different from their beds. 

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Photography by CLAIRE ESPARROS FOR HOMEPOLISH

Springing for a fresh pair of sofas for the living room can run on the pricey side, so substitute in a daybed instead! Think of it as a starter set that’s just as functional as the real thing. The bonus? It’ll be significantly more spacious, and versatile enough for you to move and store elsewhere when you’re ready to splurge on the sofa of your dreams. 

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Photography by LAURE JOLIET

This Mid-Century stunner from West Elm pairs perfectly with a unique mirror, crisp white linens, and boho textiles. 

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Photography by FINDERSKEEPERSMARKETINC.BLOGSPOT.COM

Channel the eclectic elegance of this space by emulating the modest palette of this whitewashed scene. Utilize textures and subtly patterned accent pieces to elevate the look.

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Photography by HTTP://WWW.TOLLGARD.CO.UK/

We’re infatuated with the saturated blue velvet coupled with the dark stained wood of this rustic-meets-modern daybed. 

Get it via KBH.

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Photography by URBAN OUTFITTERS

This beautifully-saturated seat doubles as a bench for the entry, and a statement-worthy accent for the space in between the entry and the living room. 

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Photography by BYRON BAY HANGING CHAIRS

A daybed that can eventually transition into a bed for the little one is a major plus for the growing family. 

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Photography by PERNILLE KAALUND VIA FEMINA

A light-filled spot surrounded by windows practically calls for a cozy reading nook filled with throws and plenty of cushions. 

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Photography by FRAN MUñOZ FOR MICASA

Not all daybeds are chunky and oversized. The proof is here! We’re loving the Scandinavian-inspired design of this streamlined piece, which fits right in with the whitewashed backdrop and minimalist scheme. 

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Photography by LUSHOME.COM VIA ELLE FRANCE

Transform a tiny nook into a cozy reading spot by building a daybed directly within the confines of the space. Take things a step further and add in a storage unit, to impart the space with a functional detail.