Fainting Room and Daybeds – A Story Behind the History

In the Victorian Era, daybeds were commonly used as a place for women to rest during the middle of the day. They are a cross between a chaise lounger, bed, and sofa, allows the guest to rest comfortably yet still attain it's aesthetic appeal. These types furnishings are commonly found in rooms called "fainting rooms".

As you might have guessed, a fainting room was a room that women could rest in when they felt fault. During the Victorian period, the "hourglass" shape was a distinction that most women bought after. To attain a hourglass figure, women would have to wear a corset that tightened the mid-torso to the point where the rib cage and internal organs were pressured. With the increased tightness and the lungs depressed, there was less oxygen flow from the constricted breathing due to the use of the corset. This resolved in women failing from suffering for long periods of time in a corset while being unable to breath normally.

Now, daybeds are used in many homes that need practical living space with the spacial capacity function. They are sold in roughly four pieces, headboard, two side rails, and the link spring. Optionally, the pop up trundle is used to hold an extra twin size mattress. They are made similar to the ones used in fainting rooms, and now make a nicely elegant piece in standard home decor.

Our favorite daybed is the Surrey Honey Pine Finish Solid Wood because of the sleigh bed design and sturdy wood construction. This particular item is made from solid wood and has a large space underneath the bed that can be used for storage or the pop up trundle.