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The Beginner’s Guide to Daybed Bedding

Have you ever heard of a sham? How about a duvet? If you just bought your first home and are now thinking about decorating your living room or bedroom, you’ve most likely come across several new bedding terms and wondered what they meant. Here is a simple guide to those words you’ll see a lot as you plan and work towards making your home “yours”.

Daybed – This is a combination of a sofa, lounge chair and bed. The daybed is used as a sofa or lounge chair during the day and a bed at night. For some people, the daybed is also where they take a nap during the day. It is typically the same size as a twin bed.

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Daybed Bedding Ensemble – A daybed bedding ensemble is what you use to cover the bed. It usually includes a cotton comforter set, accent pillows and fitted or flat sheets. The kind of daybed bedding that you choose to get will depend on your budget, the location of the daybed and of course your personal preferences.

Sham – A sham is a decorative pillow that opens in the middle instead of the end like regular pillow cases. It normally has frills or ruffles all around the edges and is normally placed in front of the regular pillows when making up the daybed to give a nice finishing touch.

Duvet – In some countries a duvet is also called a comforter. However, the true duvet is actually two sheets with down feathers or fabric placed between them before being sewn together, generally in a square pocket construction to keep the filling well distributed. The duvet is often placed directly on the bed with a cover while the comforter is usually placed on top of the sheets or blankets.

Decorating your home can be a lot of fun and understanding some of the terms used in daybed bedding will help you avoid problems later on.

Choosing a Daybed for Adult Use

While the daybed has long been a staple of children rooms, many furniture makers are now offering options that are more adult friendly. Adult daybeds are perfect for dens, offices, or any room that will occasionally house overnight guests. They are designed to be fully functional chairs or couches when not in use. When used as a bed, daybeds provide far better support than most other pull out mattresses, giving your guests a night’s rest as good as they would find at a hotel. Manufactured in a number of different colors and fabrics, they can easily blend with any decor.

When searching for a high quality daybed for adult use, the process is similar to that employed when looking for any major furniture purchase. The best quality pieces are those built with a solid wood frame. Metal frames do tend to be a less expensive option, but they may not provide as much support to the cushions, causing them to become lumpy and misshapen. The frame should fully support occupants of the chair, both while in a seated position as well as while laying down. Before committing to an adult daybed, make sure that you take the time to use it for both functions to ensure that it performs both well.

The fabric that you choose is largely a matter of taste, but durability should factor into the decision. Daybeds that will be in heavy use should be made of a thick fabric that is easy to spot clean and wash. Canvas is the perfect choice for the office or den. To make care even easier, look for cushions that can be removed and placed in the washing machine as needed. This will save a great deal of money on the expense of hiring furniture cleaners.

A daybed is a great way to turn any office or den into a temporary guest bedroom.