A daybed cover not only provides protection to the mattress underneath, but adds a decorative element. Because the mattress on a daybed is usually a twin size, it is easy to find just the right cover to complement the design of a room. Think beyond a traditional daybed cover to include coverlets, quilts and duvet covers, all of which can all be used successfully on a daybed, allowing the maximum in design possibilities.
Coverlets are available in several styles, from fitted to throw. A fitted coverlet is composed of two sections, the top part and the drop, which hangs over the edge. Only one side of a daybed mattress will need a drop as the other three sides will be against the daybed frame. A throw coverlet has a finished edge with no drop. Add eyelet edging, ribbon or bias binding to the edge of a throw coverlet for design interest.
Comforters are filled with several layers of batting, tied to hold the comforter together. For an even more puffed-up effect, consider constructing the fabric top and back using a lightweight fabric such as broadcloth or muslin, both of which are easy to clean. Comforters for daybed can also be made from the same style of sheets used underneath on the twin mattress. Or, use a contrasting top and bottom, allowing the user to change the look of the daybed by turning the comforter over.
Quilts are the most time intensive daybed covers to create. Consisting of three layers--a top, batting and a back--the entire quilt "sandwich" is sewn together with decorative stitching. The top of a daybed quilt consists of individual blocks sewn to each other to create a design. Or, a separate appliquéd design, such as animals shapes or flowers, can be added on top of the pieced blocks. Because of the way the blocks on the top layer of a quilt are sewn together, they usually aren't reversible.
- "Vogue Sewing for the Home;" Peggy Bendel; 1986