How To Make A Daybed Look Like A Couch

If you have a daybed that you want to transform, then you’ve come to the right place. 

In this article, we’re going to discuss how to transform a daybed, so that it looks like a wonderfully cozy couch. Depending on the type of daybed you have, this could be a very simple ordeal. In other cases, you might have to invest in a couple of extra items to make the daybed look more authentic. Overall, it shouldn’t be too difficult. 

We’re going to give you all the tricks and tips to make your daybed look like a couch. We’ve researched all the best designers and finally piece together our own little method of updating your old daybed. 

With that said, lets into it! 

Daybed Transformation Ideas 

Below, we’re going to discuss the best ideas that’ll make your daybed look like the cutest couch in town. 

The Use Of Pillows 

One of the first you’re going to want to invest in is some good pillows. If you want to transform your day bed, you’re going to have to either change your pillowcases, or simply purchase a different type of pillow, and keep them as spares.

That’s because traditional bedroom pillows look nothing like furniture pillows, so ditch those covers and pick up one of the following replacements. 

Triangular Backrest Pillows 

So, triangular backrest pillows are a great way of getting the couch effect. They’re padded, large, and you can get some variations that look exactly like furniture pillows. Plus, they’re going to be super comfortable.  

A little fact about couches is that the backrests slop backward by roughly 15 degrees. This is designed to make sitting down comfortable and easy – it supports the weight of the upper body, rather than just the hips. This not only makes a huge difference to the comfort levels, but it also adds to the overall couch appearance. 

Triangular pillows almost always have a backrest that slops backward, while it won’t be as much as couch pillows, it will make a difference. This is probably the closest option you can get to couch pillows. 

Bolster Pillows 

Having an armrest is vital to having your daybed look like a couch. However, some daybeds do not have armrests, or if they do, they can be too small to effectively work with. 

An easy way around this is to purchase bolster pillows. These are long and large pillows that can act as an armrest. 

If you shop wisely, you could match the fabric used for the bolster pillows, to the fabric used for the triangular backrest pillows. This will make the daybed have more of an authentic appearance. 

Circle And Square Pillows 

Now, these are just for the aesthetic value and aren’t really necessary. A lot of people like to have extra pillows on their couches. It could be to have added back support, or it could be to match the aesthetic of the room. So, if you fancy adding a couple of extra pillows in – then do. This isn’t necessary though, and you could miss this step if you feel like it’s too much, or there’s not enough room. 

The Use Of Throws 

Throws are excellent in adding texture and color to a room. 

They are a vital component of transforming a daybed into a couch. There are a couple of ways you can do this, and it’ll depend on the mood you’re trying to create, but here are a few options. 

Firstly, you could get a throw (or two), and cover the whole daybed. This means you leave no gap; it covers everything. This way, you cannot see the daybed, and it’ll look more like a sofa. If you add the pillows into the mix, then it’ll be even more disguised. It’s a very simple and effective fix. 

Or, if your problem area is the armrest, then you can add the bolster pillows, and put some throws over the armrest. This way you’re concealing the problem area, and you’re also making it softer if someone does use the armrest. 

Now, you might find that the pillows did most of the work for you. In this case, you might not want to cover the daybed with a throw. You might appreciate the work that you’ve done and want to show it off. If so, then just place one or two throws neatly on the sofa, folded if you wish. Or, you could have them on the back of the daybed. This way, you’re creating a cozy, inviting space.

The Use Of Fabric 

Given that it’s a day bed, you’re going to have a mattress as the base pillows. This is okay, but you’re going to need to change a couple of things to make it look like a more authentic couch. 

So, you’re going to want to aim for your daybed to look like a single cushion sofa. This just means the cushion that you sit on is singular, instead of amounting to two, or three cushions. 

All you need to do is ensure you have a quality mattress cover and a quality sheet over it. If you can, get a fabric sheet like the type of sofa you would like to buy. Try to match this with the texture and color of the back pillowcases. If you can get the right fabric, then you’ll make it all the more similar to a couch. These simple tricks really make a big difference. 

Side Table 

A side table might seem unnecessary, but it adds to the overall look of the room. By placing a side table next to your daybed, you’ll make it look more like a couch.

If you think about all the couches you’ve seen on TV, films, even your friend’s houses – there’s usually a table nearby. You can pop books, magazines, and even drinks here. It just helps make it look more homely. 

Coffee Table 

You can use this in addition to the side table, or you can just use one of these ideas. It depends on how much space you have in your room, and where the daybed is placed. 

If the daybed is placed in a living room, then having a coffee table will absolutely make a difference. It’s a signature feature of most living rooms, and it will help the daybed blend into the living room aesthetic easier. 

If you’re putting the daybed in a spare room, then you don’t need a coffee table. It would not be an effective use of space and would instead make the room look clunky. Option for the side table, or include a desk in the room instead. 

Be Kind To Yourself

Look, I have seen some absolutely amazing transformations, but they usually had a head start. That could be the type of daybed that had been easily converted into a couch, or they were able to purchase so many extras that it totally transformed the daybed. 

In some cases, this isn’t possible. If you’re working with the bare minimum, and it doesn’t seem to be going well, that’s okay. It can still look really cool and chic without it being an exact replica of a couch. If you’re going down the boho theme, then this is pretty much golden, as you can easily make it quirky. 

Just don’t be too hard on yourself if you can’t transform it exactly as you imagined. In most transformations, people end up with a different result than intended, but they absolutely love the outcome. Enjoy the creative process, and don’t be too hard on yourself. You can do it, it just might take more out-of-the-box thinking, and it might not be as easy as you originally thought. 

Reasons To Transform A Day Bed Into A Couch 

If you’re thinking about making a daybed look like a couch, you might need some extra convincing, to gauge whether it’s worth it. Or perhaps you’re genuinely curious why people transform daybeds into couches. 

The reason is pretty much different for everyone, but generally, here are some common reasons: 


If you transform your daybed into a couch, you’re being environmentally friendly. Instead of taking the old daybed to a landfill, you’re giving it a new lease of life. It’ll challenge your creative abilities, and it’ll save you some big bucks on getting a new couch. 

Utilize Spare Room

In other cases, you might want to transform your spare room. It’s handy having an extra bed for guests, but perhaps you’d like to utilize the room for relaxing.

In that case, it might be nicer to lay on a sofa, than it would a bed. By using a daybed, your furniture is now dual purpose. It can be used for casual relaxing, and for sleeping. 


It could just be that some people do not like the aesthetic look of their day bed. In that case, making the daybed look like a couch could tie in with the overall aesthetic of the house. It could be that it sticks out, and it’s really frustrating to look at.

By turning it into a couch, you can more easily adjust the aesthetic of the daybed to match your interior. 


That brings us to the end of our article on how to make a daybed look like a couch. I hope that you have found inspiration, and it will make your wonderful transformation easier. Please do comment if you end up making a transformation, I’d love to hear about how the process went for you. 

Thank you so much for reading, and good luck! 

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