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Defining the DAYBED

Defining the DAYBED

The history of the daybed dates back thousands of years as a brainchild of the ancient Egyptians. Back then, daybeds were made from palm sticks, bound together to create a lazy lounging and sleeping experience.

In the age of Cleopatra, the daybed’s popularity traveled into Greek and Roman households. During the Victorian Age, the daybed was known as the “fainting couch,” and was used quite literally by women after being strapped into tight corsets for long periods.

The history of the daybed is all but forgotten today, our modern designs most popularly made from sturdy wood or steel and fashioned with comfy cushioning. The humble daybed acts as the perfect accommodator for overnight guests, or, especially here in the tropics, as a chic poolside fixture. In the Virgin Islands, the quaint comforters are a perfect addition to any household—inside or out.

Arawak has been selling customized Indonesian daybeds for over 10 years, the products quickly becoming one of the fastest selling items on their showroom floors. Private and commercial villas alike choose the decorative pieces for hallways, large master bedrooms and covered decks for their guests to kick off their salty sandals and unwind after a long day in the sun with friends and family.

Arawak’s modern adaption of the daybed includes synthetic fabrics, aluminum frames and UV resistant plastics that come in earthy tones or collaboration of a full rainbow. They also come with a standard sunbrella base cushion and waterproof scatter cushions—standing strong against the unpredictability of tropical weather. Wooden daybeds, which boast fine teaks, are another option and allow the consumer to benefit from a product that matures with age. Whatever the occasion or call for a daybed’s uses, the furniture piece continues to travel through time as an easy living legend.

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