Day Beds and Chaises
If you’re looking for a way to sneak in stylish sophistication to your home’s décor, consider a chaise lounge or daybed. Whether you’re outfitting a reading nook or adding extra seating to your living room, they’re sure to be a chic accessory that will complete any look. Since it will likely be an investment piece, be sure to make the right decision when purchasing by understanding what to look for and deciding what chaise or daybed is right for your home. What’s the difference between a daybed and a chaise lounge?
There isn’t a big one, and they essentially function in the same fashion. A chaise lounge (meaning “long chair” in French) is a one-armed sofa featuring a low back, half back or no back at all. Daybeds tend to be a bit larger, and while Victorian era daybeds often had arms or even a small back, today’s modernized daybed usually does away with arms and backs. Which one should you consider?
This depends a lot on the style you’re looking for: many chaise lounges have become more contemporized as well, so often the two styles appear very similar. However, in general, daybeds are usually more functional than traditional chaise lounges, but the latter can add an elegant touch to a living room or bedroom. In the end, it comes down to function and aesthetics: determine where and in what way you want to use it, and how you want it to look in your home. Where should you put a chaise lounge or daybed?
These pieces of furniture are actually useful in a wide variety of spots throughout the home. Want to create a cozy reading nook in your bedroom? Outfit it with a comfortable chaise lounge and enjoy a book into the wee hours. Want a chic sleeping solution for a small guest bedroom? A daybed will do just the trick. Both chaise lounges and daybeds are also great for adding seating space to living rooms without creating a visually bulky set-up. Place an armless daybed across from a sofa with a coffee table in-between for ample entertaining. What style chaise lounge or daybed should you choose?
Determine where you’re going to place it, and then survey the room’s current décor. For a vintage look, scour flea markets or antique stores to score an affordable piece that will add instant charm to your space. If you’re looking to go modern, consider something sleek and plush. For contemporary appeal, find an armless chaise lounge or daybed and consider a bold or vibrant colored fabric. What should you look for in upholstery?
Chaise lounges and daybeds are usually meant for relaxation, so find a fabric that will suit that. Cotton, linen and polyester will provide a soft surface that’s durable to boot. If you want to go sleek and contemporary, choose ultrasuede for an eye-catching element. If you’re thinking more Victorian era, velvet will do the trick.