Having just gotten rid of a daybed with a tall back and side arms, let me say its a PITA to change the bed with those immovable objects in the way, not to say making it up on a daily basis. Mine was in an extra guest room where some of our grandchildren slept, so I had to do it a couple dozen times a year, not daily. If neatness is your thing and you want to have your DD keep up her side on a regular basis, think more closely at what you purchase.
Posts: 3038 | Location: Michigan and sw Florida | Registered: May 16, 2007
sorry I've got the two threads regarding a daybed...In regards to making a daybed, I'm thinking A. Daybed: have a cover for the mattress so that its more like a cushion and then DD can use a blanket, comforter or large throw when she sleeps or
B. used twin mattress on a frame and have it slipcovered something like this:
Posts: 9413 | Location: california | Registered: Apr 01, 2003
I haven't followed your entire adventure here, so maybe this has been addressed...you don't "sit" on a daybed per se, you climb up and crawl into, a daybed because it's taller than a sofa (usually). The ones without sides could work if up against two walls, creating a corner to cozy into, otherwise, I don't think it would be comfortable for "sitting" at all. Lots of pillows and bolsters will be required to create comfort as well as a cute look.
On the one I created (might have a pic on the other puter...I'll have to look), I used a body pillow and three Euro pillows on the back and two king size pillows for side bolsters, along with throw pillows...all covered in coordinating fabrics. I purchased a fitted cover for the mattress and made skirt panels for the bed frame. I did not have a pull out, but just pushed an extra mattress underneath...worked fine for the occasional extra guest.
Like I said, late to the party so just ignore me if I've been redundant! LOL
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Posts: 3628 | Location: Here, by the grace of God... | Registered: Jan 24, 2006
Glad you liked the IKEA daybed. My dd loves hers. She and her friends sit on it all the time when they are up in her room - her room is small so they don't have much choice. She has pillows around the back and sides, just standard pillows, with a couple of decorative toss pillows thrown in front.
We have never actually used the trundle bed but the storage drawers are awesome! Again, her room is small so having that extra storage space is great for her room.
I'm not the biggest fan of IKEA furniture, but I think this bed is very well designed and well made. It is very heavy and sturdy. I think I may have mentioned though that dh broke the inserts for the drawers (the piece that slips in to form the bottom of the drawer). They were flimsy particle board that I think wouldn't hold up well if storing a lot in the drawers. Dh has a friend who works with plastics though so he made us inserts out of recycled plastic so they are incredibly sturdy. If you do get this bed, just be careful not to put heavy things in the drawers or the bottoms will warp/sag eventually.
I looked around forever for a bed for dd and kept going back to the IKEA bed. I just couldn't find anything else that was so thoughtfully designed The fact that the drawers are separate from the trundle piece so that each can be used simultaneously is great! Just remember that if you get this bed, it is VERY heavy, so if you buy a used one, it will be hard to transport if it's all put together.
And I would definitely get two of those mattresses (we have one stacked on top of the other) - I think it is much more comfortable with two, even though it is fine with just one.