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When a Daybed Works and When a Couch is Better

Updated on December 10, 2013

Just as welcome plaques metal art can be easily substituted for yard metal wall décor, in some occasions, a daybed can easily and effectively be substituted for a couch. However, there are also instances where a daybed should not be exchanged for a couch and a regular sofa should be used. There are advantages and disadvantages for either a couch or a daybed used as sofas. Here are some tips to help you decide when a daybed works and when a couch is better.

A daybed can be used as a sofa in a few limited situations. For example, one great example of when to use a daybed as a sofa is when it is used in a family room or den. A daybed is a comfortable place to be able to lay and watch television or movies while relaxing with the family. A daybed also provides a convenient place to rest and also to take a nap during the day, especially if you have small children. It is also convenient to use a daybed as a family room sofa because it makes a comfortable guest bed.

A major drawback to using a daybed as a sofa is that it does not offer the back support as a sofa does unless you use several firm pillows as well as several throw pillows. The back of a daybed is not nearly as high as the average couch and therefore significantly reduces the lumbar support you can receive while reclining against the back. Also, unless you use a lot of pillows, it is hard to put your feet on the floor while sitting all the way back on a daybed.

A couch should be used instead of a daybed in the living room. A couch is better to use in the living room mainly because it offers guests better back support. It also allows guests to rest their feet on the floor instead of having their feet underneath them on the furniture, where they can cause damage to the material of the mattress or sheet. After all, none of us like the idea of being forced to remove shoes every time we want to sit in the living room at a friend’s house. A sofa makes guests feel more at ease and less apprehensive in a home, especially when they are older, have health problems, or tend to small children. And a couch simply looks better than a daybed in a formal or semi-formal living room space.

For a family room, many families prefer a daybed for watching television or movies together. A daybed allows all family members to cuddle in close together. A sleeper sofa offers a place for guests to sleep, but unless you purchase a high priced mattress to put on it, it is not as comfortable as a guest bed. It is also easier for children to permanently damage the material on a couch than it is a daybed, especially if they are allowed to eat on it.

This article is written by Maria Harris, who writes for Metal Wall Art.

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