Garden Day Beds
A sunny patio or cosy backyard is the perfect place to relax, read, nap and daydream. But let’s be honest – without comfortable seating options, you won’t be able to fully unwind and enjoy the outdoor scenery. If you’re looking for ultimate outdoor comfort, garden day beds are the way to go. Plus, an outside day bed adds luxurious flair to any outdoor space, giving it the special wow factor you’re looking for. Read on to learn about:
- Different types of outdoor day beds.
- How to measure the right size of an outside day bed.
- What to consider when choosing the material.
- Water and weather resistance of garden day beds.
- How to maintain garden day beds.
- How to store outdoor day beds during the winter.
- The best time to buy outside day beds.
Different Types of Outdoor Day Beds
Garden day beds stand for lavish leisure time and provide a stylish focal point for your garden, porch or patio. They are available in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, colours, designs and materials. Some of them come in sections and have extra features. Day beds with a table are perfect if you need a stable surface for your favourite beverage in the form of a practical side table. And if you love relaxing in the shade and don't have a big enough parasol, you should consider a day bed with a canopy.
How to measure the size of the day bed I need?
When choosing the right garden day bed, you want to make sure that it fits your needs and your space. While large, open spaces are perfect for a round outdoor day bed, rectangular designs will fit into the corner of your patio or sun deck. To determine the right size, you can outline the desired dimensions with a piece of string by placing it on the ground and measuring accordingly.
What should I consider when choosing the material for the day bed?
The perfect material for your new garden day bed depends on your personal style and preference. If you are designing a new space, pick your favourite material and go from there. If your space is already decorated and you own garden furniture like sun loungers, find out whether wood, wicker or metal will blend better. Not only is metal very durable, it also contributes to a modern aesthetic. Wood, wicker or poly rattan beds on the other hand provide a warm, welcoming feeling.
Are the day bed loungers waterproof?
Garden day beds are designed for outdoor use and not as sensitive to moisture compared to regular indoor furniture. Manufacturers use rust-proof metal or treated wood to increase durability and longevity of an outside day bed. Models that feature synthetic rattan or wicker can be considered the most waterproof. However, it’s always best to cover your day bed when you are not using it, especially if the cushions are made of less water-resistant fabric.
Do day beds need treating to maintain them?
You’ll find that the majority of outdoor day beds are very low-maintenance and don't need special treatment. Frames and cushions made of synthetic materials can be wiped down with a soft, damp cloth. If your outside day bed has cotton or linen cushions, follow the care instructions on the label. If you choose a garden day bed with a wood frame – teak and acacia are the most common – treating it with an oil sealer every 6 to 12 months will protect the wood and preserve the look.
Do the day beds need to be sheltered during winter?
If you aren’t using your garden day bed during the colder months of the year, storing it in a dry place is a good idea. While storing might not be necessary with highly-resistant materials, your outdoor day bed will stay nice and clean when covered up and sheltered from rain or snow. If you don’t have the space, you can simply cover the frame and only store the cushions inside.
What is the best time to purchase day beds?
If you want to enjoy your new outdoor day bed as soon as spring weather hits, consider getting one in April or May. You’ll also be able to choose from a variety of new styles and designs. However, if you don’t mind storing the furniture and waiting for a couple of months, you can purchase your garden day bed in late fall, which is when older models are sold at lower price points.