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High/Low: The Modern Wooden Daybed


High/Low: The Modern Wooden Daybed

April 10, 2014

We recently bought a vintage daybed for our library, and children and two cats are extremely content with the new addition–it’s comfortable, cosy, and currently the most popular seat in the house. 

Here are Remodelista, we’re big fans of daybeds, and particularly Donald Judd’s boxy minimalist take on the form. Of course, his pieces are beyond pricey, but lately we’ve been noticing some appealing–and accessible–lookalikes.


donald judd daybed remodelist

Above: The original Donald Judd Daybed #32, designed during the later years of Judd’s career, sells at auction for prices hovering around $70,000 (depending on quality and type of wood). The bed was made in 11 different hardwoods. LA-based Matin Gallery offers the entire Donald Judd collection, which is built by Jeff Jamieson and is dated and numbered in open edition by the Judd Foundation. Contact directly to inquire about pricing. To learn more about Matin and its owners, Robert and Christina Odegard, see International Style: At Home with LA’s Stealth Stylemakers.

Mark Tuckey Box Day Bed Remodelista 0 

Above: The Box Daybed by Melbourne, Australia, furniture designer Mark Tuckey is available in oak or a wood Tuckey calls Oregon and your choice of upholstery fabric; $6,100 AUD from Mark Tuckey.

 mc and co daybed Remodelista 

Above: The Mc & Co Daybed, designed by Corinne Gilbert & Dan Mccarthy, is made from one-inch-thick unfinished cedar; it can also be made to order in ash, oak, walnut, and pine. It’s 40 inches deep, 27 inches tall, and 76 inches wide, and accommodate a twin size futon. Pricing starts at $3,900 without a futon, and $4,200 with a premium futon.


Mid Century Daybed   Acorn by West Elm Remodelista

Above: The Mid Century Daybed is made from FSC-certified solid eucalyptus wood with a stained veneer West Elm calls acorn. It’s 78 inches wide, 42 inches deep, and 35 inches high; $639 from West Elm.

How about making your own daybed? See our post: DIY Built-In Daybed. And if you like Mark Tuckey’s daybed design, check out his own Beach House Living Room (daybed, included). On Gardenista, have a look at a Swinging Day Bed in Charleston. Go to High/Low to see more of our bargain sleuthing.

Product summary  

Daybeds & Indoor Chaises


$4,200.00 USD from MC & Co.
Mark Tuckey

Box Day Bed

$6,100.00 AUD from Mark Tuckey

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