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Daybeds are used as beds as well as for lounging, reclining, and seating in common rooms. It may be considered a form of multifunctional furniture. Their frames can be made out of wood, metal or a combination of wood and metal. They are a cross between a chaise longue, a couch, and a bed.
Many of today's daybeds employ a linkspring as the support system for the mattress. The linkspring is a rectangular metal frame (roughly the footprint of the mattress) with cross supports. A wire or polyester/nylon mesh held in place by a network of springs lies across the top of the linkspring. The linkspring design provides support and creates clearance underneath a daybed for storage.
There are two categories of modern daybeds, indoor and outdoor. Daybeds can be hanging or stable; outdoor day beds usually have a roof-like structure to protect them from sunlight whereas indoor daybeds are simple.
Infant beds can be converted into a daybed by removing one side.
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