The whole point of a daybed cover set is to disguise a bed, turning it into a couch during the day. A dust ruffle hides any mechanism that is under the bed, making the bed look like an ordinary couch. Quilted or plain pillow shams can be placed over large pillows that reduce the depth of the seat. Or the depth can be reserved, making the daybed into a deep-seated couch. With that said, there are many variations in the style and type of coverlet that can be used to make up the daybed.
Quilting is an ancient art, beginning with the need to pad metal armor or to increase the insulation in a coat. Quilted bed covers were originally made from whole pieces of fabric, stitched to hold down or bats of wool or cotton in between the layers. Of course, as the years passed, women of all walks of life created patterns for the stitches. Patchwork developed as a means to make use of every scrap of available fabric. The Victorian Crazy Quilt is probably the most famous patchwork style, incorporating embroidery, buttons, braid and more to create a coverlet that was amazing in its color and inventiveness.
Pillow shams are covers that are placed over pillows. Often quilted, they coordinate with the spread. Three pillows at the back of the daybed are traditional, but of course, you can add throw pillows and other decorative pillows as desired.
A dust ruffle around the edge of a bed helps hide trundle beds or under-the-bed storage boxes. It can be ruffled or it can be a simple straight piece of fabric with a kick pleat or slit at the corners of the bed. For daybeds, it helps to disguise the nature of the piece of furniture, making it look more like a couch. Daybed covers help to create the illusion that a daybed is really a couch. They can be formal, fun, or just easy-going. They usually include a spread, a dust ruffle, and at least two or three pillow shams that coordinate with the dust ruffle and spread. They can be a clever way to turn an ordinary twin bed into a deep-seated couch during the day while preserving its function as a simple bed at night. The cover that you choose will depend upon your taste, your home décor style, and the location and use of the daybed. Below you will find ten examples.
Soft Beige and White Reversible Daybed Set
Turn any daybed into a comfortable couch with this reversible six-piece Alta daybed cover set from Zipcode Design. On one side, the set is beige with a white design, and on the other white with a beige design. The main design is an interlocking fretwork design. Coordinating throw pillows include solid fabric with embroidery design. Set includes pillow shams, spread and dust ruffle.
Cotton Five Piece Set
Dress up your daybed in a Fetter cotton five-piece set for your daybed. It features a burgundy spread, three pillow shams and a striped dust ruffle. The set is made from 150 thread count cotton and the comforter is stuffed with cotton fill, which allows it to breathe. All parts are machine washable.
Six Piece Daybed Set
Alcott Hill has several six-piece daybed sets, including the Farnham daybed set. These sets are typically made from cotton and are either plain or print depending upon your taste. Daybeds are a lovely way to dress up your bed-sitting room. They turn a small bed into a daytime couch, making it an inviting place to rest or read.
Six Piece Daybed Set
Turn your spare bedroom into a sitting room, sewing room or office and still have a space for overnight guests. Install a daybed, and make it up with this Lavallie six piece daybed set from Alcott Hill. The skirt is plain – no ruffle, and the comforter is a soft orange print. Also included are three pillow shams and a decorative pillow.
White, Five-Piece Daybed Set
Develop simple elegance with this Felicity white, five-piece daybed set from Laura Ashley Home. The Skirt is plain, with no ruffle. The quilt is a white on white quilted design in cotton. Three plain white pillow shams complete the set. It’s perfect for a young woman’s room, or for an understated guest room.
Bright Patchwork Daybed Set
The colorful patchwork of this five-piece Camano Island reversible daybed set can brighten up any room, creating an inviting place to rest or read. Ruffled, striped skirt is overtopped by a patchwork comforter with alternating red plaid, white, brown and striped blocks. Two quilted shams and one standard sham included.
Formal Burgundy Daybed Set
This set is perfect for preparing an efficiency apartment or dormitory for a daytime venue. The striped skirt is plain – no ruffles, and the spread is a quilted plain burgundy. Three solid burgundies, trimmed with stripped cording, are included.
Ivory Five piece Daybed Set
Simple skirt without any ruffling, topped by a traditionally quilted ivory colored spread and accompanied by three pillow shams, this Nassau daybed set is a sure-fire winner for a formal room or to give as a wedding gift. Beautiful without drawing attention to itself, it can easily become the perfect foil for other room features. Brought to you by Tommy Bahama.
Print Ninepatch Daybed Set
The Bauer five-piece reversible daybed set from August Grove presents a muted nine patch print quilt block patterned spread over a coordinating sprint skirt. The pillow shams include one sham that matches the skirt and two that match the spread. A pretty set that is perfect for shabby chic or cottage décor.