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How Do I Choose the Best Sleigh Day Bed?

Dan Cavallari
Dan Cavallari

The distinct look of a sleigh day bed makes it a popular choice among many homeowners and renters, but choosing the best one can be tricky. The first step is learning as much as possible about the various types of day beds available, and knowing what makes a sleigh day bed distinct from the others. You will also need to consider where the day bed will be placed within the home, as well as the overall decor and aesthetic of that room. It is best to choose a day bed that complements the style of that room rather than one that clashes with it.

The sleigh day bed will feature an often large headboard and footboard, both of which are likely to feature a scroll pattern or a curve. The back of the day bed can feature any variety of styles, shapes, and designs, but will usually match the design of the footboard and headboard. When choosing the best one for you, think about size, shape, design, color, and materials. Start by considering the proper size; measure the space in which you intend to place the day bed, and try to find a unit that will not be so large it will take up most of the space in the room, but not so small that it will be uncomfortable.

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Traditionally, hardwoods were the material of choice for a sleigh day bed, and that mostly holds true in modern times, though other materials such as steel, aluminum, and even iron can be used to create an attractive sleigh day bed model. Think carefully about what type of material best suits your needs and aesthetic desires. Hardwoods will usually be the most expensive options because they are exceptionally durable and very attractive. Certain types of steel will be the least expensive options, though higher-grade steel beds can be more expensive. If you are going to be moving the unit often, consider softwoods or aluminum, as these tend to be lighter weight materials.

Sometimes the headboard and footboard, as well as the backboard, can feature upholstery for added aesthetic appeal and comfort. Be sure to test out a wide variety of day beds to find the most comfortable one for your purposes; if you intend to use the unit often, consider an upholstered sleigh day bed that can act as cushioning when a user is lying down on it.

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