Image Source: AmazonWhen it comes to pure, unadulterated outdoor comfort and style, nothing says “lap of luxury” like an outdoor day bed. Whether just relaxing on a sunny afternoon, kicking back after a hard day, or entertaining a group of family or friends, a day bed will give your outdoor space a relaxed, inviting aura that will make your guests feel welcome.
And for some people, a comfy outdoor canopy day bed lets them fulfill a “Roman emperor” fantasy of lounging by the pool on thick, luxurious pads and pillows, eating grapes, sipping wine, and generally enjoying the high life.
Seriously, an outdoor canopy day bed is perfect for those looking to turn their backyard space into their personal spa or entertainment venue. Outdoor day beds are available in huge range of styles, designs, and sizes; you can choose from versatile sectionals to clamshell canopy style to simple chaise lounge types. They can also run a gambit of price points, from $300 to $1400. To help you make an informed decision on the type of the day bed that might be right for you, let’s take a look at some things to consider.
Size of Day Bed and Outdoor Space
One of your first and biggest concerns will be the size of the day bed in relation to the size of your outdoor space. Don’t be tempted to over-furnish your outdoor area. If your space is limited, you don’t it to be completely dominated by a day bed. Similarly, you don’t want a bed that works well in your outdoor environment but is too small to accommodate a number of people. While it might be tempting to go big, take a good look at your available space first and go from there.
Here’s where quality matters. You’ll want a day bed with a solid design that’s sturdy enough to accommodate any number of people of varying sizes and weights (most models can support 240 pounds per person). Since it will be outside pretty much permanently, it also needs to be built to withstand any type of weather environment.
Most of the more popular models are made from a polyethylene weave, aluminum, hardwood, or steel. All have their advantages. Hardwood is a popular option because of its classic looks and load-bearing capabilities. Steel, of course, is the strongest and is often chosen for its durability, ability to support more weight, and rust resistance, an important consideration for an outdoor bed.
The weight of the bed itself is also something to be considered. Can it withstand heavy winds without toppling over? What type of surface will the bed be situated on? Will it stay in one place or will it be moved around? In the case of the latter, go light if you’re looking for something easily movable or that you might even take with you to another location.
When it comes to fabrics, polyester is the runway favorite and most commonly used. Durable and affordable, it easily resists wear and tear while being water and mold resistant. It is also common to find outdoor day beds fabric that have been treated with a special coating to protect against UV rays. Some even come with fabrics that are stain resistant.
While this a personal choice, the color of your day bed should pair nicely with the natural ambiance to your outdoor surroundings. Also, while they may be nice, neutral colors, we recommend avoiding grey or white as they show dirt and stains easily and are hard to keep clean. If you have existing patio furniture, it’s a good idea to match it in color and overall aesthetics.
To canopy or not to canopy? While canopies can be more costly and need extra maintenance, they jack the comfort, versatility, and usage levels up to 11. As well, a canopy lets you enjoy your day bed even on the hottest of days. Look for canopies that are weather resistant, easily retractable, and that reflect as much UV rays as possible. Canopy models are the Rolls Royce of outdoor day beds and if you have the space and budget, they’re worth the investment. Best: they are not significantly more expensive than day beds without a canopy.
Here are some of the better outdoor day beds we found in our recent reviews.
Top Outdoor Day Beds
If you’re looking for something classic and elegant in a chaise lounge design, here’s the Abba Patio Outdoor Portable Double Chaise Lounge Hammock Bed. Refreshingly free of bells and whistle, its simple, ergonomic design offers maximum comfort for two people. Not surprisingly, it comes with two attached pillows! For even more comfort, the polyester canopy gives ample shade coverage and offers protection from UV rays. Built tough, it’s tubular steel stand is power-coated for long-lasting durability and its fabric is made weather-resistant, quick-drying textilene fabric for added toughness. Bonus: it comes with two wheels that make this 62-pound day bed really portable.
|Protects From UV Rays||May Not Stand Up to Heavy Winds|
|Wheeled Base||Fabric Can Fade Over Time|
4.0 out of 5.0 stars
With a stately arch and classic low profile wicker design, the affordable GDF Studio Bedford Outdoor Canopy Daybed will truly give your patio the look of a Roman villa! While it does not offer much in the form of shade, the semi-open top still allows you to enjoy the warming rays of the sun. Compact and light, it’s perfect for one person to fully spread out and get comfy. Which is easy to do on the thick 3.5” cushions that are removable, machine washable, and water resistant. An aluminum frame makes it light and portable. For you want to marry style and elegance with affordability, check out GDF Studio Bedford Outdoor Canopy Daybed.
|Easy to Assemble||White Cushions Are Hard to Keep Clean|
|Light and Portable|
|Classic Arch Design|
4.0 out of 5.0 stars
A cute and affordable canopy bed that’s perfect for two people, the Modway Siesta Outdoor Wicker Patio Canopy Bed is built for the great outdoors. Its rust-free aluminum frame and UV resistant materials can withstand any weather conditions, but at 59 pounds it’s easily movable. Cushion covers come in 6 different color choices and are water resistant, removable, and washable. The spacious 63” nylon shade cover is nicely retractable and offers big shade coverage. The tool-impaired will be happy to know that it ships preassembled. Just take it out of the box, toss on the 3 side pillows that come with it, and let the lounging begin!
|Large Clamshell Canopy|
4.5 out of 5.0 stars
The Modway Taiji Outdoor Sectional Day Bed absolutely screams style and comfort! Aesthetically, we loved the unique curved lines of the day bed itself and the accompanying ottoman as well as the classic woven wicker design. We found the cushions to be comfy and thick and we liked that the covers can be removed and machine washed. And what’s not to like about the 7 pillows that come with it! But we especially loved the side table that’s built into the design … so handy! Sturdy and heavy, at 112 pounds this day bed isn’t going to let the wind push it around! While a bit on the pricey side, the Modway Taiji Outdoor Sectional Day Bed is worth your consideration.
4.5 out of 5.0 stars
What can be said about the Christopher Knight Outdoor Expandable Day Bed other than affordable, stylish, versatile, and comfortable? That about sums it up when it comes to this excellent budget option. We liked the acacia wood that gives it an exotic look and offers a nice alternative to classic wicker. The slat panels with strapping belt design accents give the piece a homey, snug look. Light but solid, its hardwood frame resists wear and tear and is built to withstand the elements. We especially liked the retractability that easily turns a chair into a bed. While it doesn’t come with a lot of bells and whistles, the Christopher Knight Outdoor Expandable Day Bed is an excellent affordable choice.
|Beautiful Acacia Wood Finish||Heavy|
4.5 out of 5.0 stars
If you want your backyard to feel like an exclusive spa in the south of France, look no further than the SUNCROWN Outdoor Patio Round Daybed with Retractable Canopy. While there are a lot of features that we were impressed with here (durable wicker, thick cushions with removable cushion covers, retractable canopy), we loved how the set can be used in the standard clamshell design or separated into four chairs and a table for when guests pop in. Best, while this outdoor day bed may look high end, it comes at a price that’s easy on your budget.
|Multiple Staging Options||Heavy|
|Retractable Canopy||Difficult Assembly|
5.0 out of 5.0 stars
We loved many of the design elements incorporated into the M&W Patio Furniture Outdoor Day Bed, but we absolutely flipped for the lift-up center coffee table that lends this day bed amazing versatility. Its round design, comfy cushions, and retractable canopy give this chair the comfort and intimacy that are the hallmarks of the best day beds. Even better, it comes with a high-quality telegraphic rod that lets you easily raise or lower the canopy as you like. With a frame crafted from steel and featuring water-resistant polyester fabric and all-weather PE rattan, this day bed is built to last! For a day bed that looks expensive and that comes with so many excellent features, the M&W Patio Furniture Outdoor Day Bed is also surprisingly affordable.
|Retractable Canopy||Team Assembly Required|
|Strong Steel Frame||Heavy|
|Lift-Up Center Table|
5.0 out of 5.0 stars