I grew up in a roomy, shingled house outside of Boston, but come summer, the five of us migrated to our screened porch. Perfumed by the garden, this small, hidden back space was furnished with a white-painted Swedish dining table and a rattan daybed, two pieces so beloved—and durable—that when my mother downsized to an apartment, she took them with her.
So I know from experience that rattan daybeds are the ultimate for napping. And they’re so emblematic of easy, breezy living that they qualify as stress reducers. I’ve been glad to see a number of variations appear on the market. Here are seven current versions to consider, plus an antique from a French workshop that’s just started reintroducing rattan production to the South of France.
The Vintage Inspiration Above: A 1960s rattan daybed from Atelier Vime, the aforementioned French brand, which offers both vintage and new designs: Read about it in Rattan Revival. We hope the atelier adds a daybed to its contemporary lineup. 7 Current Versions Above: One of Anthropologie’s greatest hits of late, the Pari Rattan Daybed is $998 (it’s sized for a twin mattress, not included). Scroll to the end to see the frame in use in a Brooklyn bedroom. Above: The Capistrano Outdoor Daybed from Serena & Lily is hand-wrapped in an all-weather resin that mimics rattan. Modeled after a 1940s French design, the frame is shown here in natural; white is also available. The mattress is included and comes in 14 fabric options; tufted Sunbrella white canvas, shown, is currently on sale for $1,998, marked down from $2,498. Above: Another Serena & Lily option, the Avalon Daybed, $1,198, has the same frame as its all-weather counterpart above. It’s sized for a twin mattress—not included—and is made of “skin on” natural rattan. Above: Sika-Design of Denmark’s Belladonna Sofa is a reproduction of a 1951 design by Italian architects Franco Albini and Franca Helg. The rattan indoor version, shown, is $3,176, mattress in light or dark gray included. An outdoor version woven with Sika’s hardwearing ArtFibre is $3,572. Above: La Redoute’s Katsuki Rattan Children’s Bed is available in two sizes: 140 centimeters, €299, and 190 centimeters, €399, from the Socialite Family shop; mattress sold separately. Read about TSF’s line in Vintage-Inspired Furniture Reimagined. Above: The St. Elmo, $899 AUD, mattress included, is but one of many rattan daybeds and settees available from The Rattan Collective of Byron Bay, Australia (international shipping is currently not available but the company is looking into partnering with a US retailer). Above: Made in Indonesia, the Honey Rattan Daybed is $549.99 from World Market; twin mattress not included. Here’s more rattan on our radar: Above: Rattan daybeds aren’t just for summer spaces: Anthropologie’s Pari Daybed (scroll to the top to see the frame on its own) here furnishes the guest room in A French-Inflected Townhouse in Williamsburg. Photograph by Brian Ferry for Remodelista; styling by Alexa Hotz. (Intrigued? Also see Steal This Look: A Petite-Priced Bedroom.)