Create your own daybed
You can create your own “daybed” using a combination of a single mattress base (a.k.a boxspring) and mattress toppers (a.k.a mattress pillowtop) and cushions. Just to complicate things, IKEA sells their own daybeds - such as Hemnes - but our version of a daybed is something entirely different. The Bemz daybed concept is one of our original solutions for homes with either limited space or otherwise empty zones that could be put to better use. This idea requires a bit of ingenuity as it involves pulling different pieces together yourself, but the results are stunning and practical. Here are three different approaches to get you started...
Start with an IKEA single mattress base (a.k.a boxspring). Already have an old one? Don't throw it away because you’re about to give it a new life. If you buy one at IKEA, you can get it either with or without legs - but ours works best with legs. Simply choose a Bemz fabric you love then cover your mattress/boxspring. Your Bemz daybed cover will be visible on the top and all four sides of your base so you can see the fabric from any angle. Next, choose a variety of cushions and cover them to suit your style. Now you’ve got a beautiful, personalised daybed. You also have the option of covering the entire mattress base including its mattress topper(s) to between 40 and 50 cm high.
The second option ups the luxury quotient on your daybed. Follow the instructions above for creating the base. Next, add one or more of what IKEA sells as mattress toppers/mattress pads/mattress pillowtops (the name changes depending on where you live but basically these are thin mattresses - we cover models from 4 cm to 18 cm thick). Then cover your mattresses by choosing from among hundreds of Bemz fabrics. Now style it with a variety of cushions in a theme you love to create an inviting sofa, perfect for lounging by day and hosting guests by night.
Here’s an idea as simple as it is practical: push two single beds (also known as twin beds) or mattress bases (aka boxsprings) perpendicularly into a corner and use our daybed covers, along with plenty of cushions for back support to devise a cosy corner sofa. Fill the cushions with extra blankets and bedding as a clever storage solution, ready to retrieve when you have overnight guests. Since our daybed covers show your chosen fabric on the top and all sides, it still looks great when the cushions are removed.
How to cover your non-IKEA furniture
You know that perfectly good old sofa or armchair you bought for your summer house last year at a garage sale? It probably needs a bit of love and attention. Fear not, we’ve got just the solution for you. Our multi-fit covers are made to fit furniture that is not from IKEA. They come in different sizes, hundreds of colours and patterns, and are easy to adjust thanks to their stylish ties. Multi fit covers work best with sofas that have a rounder, more classic shape but if you’re in doubt, show us a photo and we’ll let you know if this solution works for you.
Planning to unleash your culinary talents on family and friends this summer? We also have loose fitting multi-fit covers for most dining chairs (either IKEA or many non-IKEA brands). Choose either high or low back covers, then mix and match different colour fabrics for a touch of summer fun. Or if you prefer, you can use these covers to make mismatched chairs look uniform. Simply throw them in the wash at the end of the evening and you’re ready to host again (and again).
Turn your mattress into a sofa
Here’s a neat day-to-night idea to create a cosy reading corner and extra sleeping space. Stack mattresses covered in a variety of Bemz fabrics on top of each other (princess-and-the-pea style) and decorate with plenty of cushions to sit back and relax. You could also place a mattress along the wall behind your stack of mattresses as a makeshift backrest. All Bemz mattress covers are made using the same fabric front, back and along the edges, which means that it will look beautiful no matter how you stack your mattresses. You can add decorative piping around the edges as a lovely extra detail too. The covers have a robust zipper along one side for easy removal straight to your washing machine.
Use fabric in clever ways
For a quick and elegant fix, use a length of curtain to divide a room or spruce up a door-less doorway. Choose lighter, more transparent linen curtains to let light through, and curtains of a sturdier quality like Panama Cotton where you want light blocked out at night. You can also use fabric by the meter to quickly set an inviting table, especially since you can wipe clean most of our fabrics thanks to stain protection.
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