Luxury travel is a booming global business worth $1.8 trillion. Industry experts project that value to grow at 7.6% yearly until 20301.
Hospitality clients, from hotel chains and casinos to boutique hotels and property owners on house-sharing apps, compete for dollars from an eco-conscious and social-media-savvy pool of travelers. This clientele desires exclusive Instagram-worthy backdrops and has the means to stay at their dream locale.
Luxury outdoor furniture brands such as DEDON and Gloster are leaning into this trend-line with adventurous designs that are intentionally out of the box, just like their end users. For many of our European outdoor furniture designers, the outdoor daybed is a signature style statement that sets them apart. A luxury outdoor daybed is the ideal canvas for a designer to execute the brand’s design philosophy, showcase their use of materials and exquisite craftsmanship, and indulge in over-the-top comfort.
Why are outdoor daybeds so popular?
Modern outdoor daybeds feature heavily in the promotional materials and word-of-mouth for popular vacation destinations. Reality TV shows are awash in celebrities hanging out in outdoor cabana daybeds in the sweltering summer sun of a rooftop pool on the Las Vegas Strip or on the beach of a Greek island paradise. On the one hand, outdoor daybeds are an exclusive mecca for friends to gather, on the other hand they also offer a relaxing retreat for spa getaways and working vacations.
There is great diversity in outdoor daybeds as a category of outdoor furniture when it comes to style, size (some fit 1 and others 4 or more), material profile, and other considerations. Here is a quick overview of everything you need to know about outdoor daybeds for hospitality clients and other luxury properties.
Outdoor daybeds are surprisingly versatile: outdoor cabana daybeds offer shade and respite from the extremes of summer desert heat. Other styles of daybed cocoon around you to offer snug comfort late into fall and early into spring.
Outdoor daybeds are ideal for hospitality clients to design their poolside/rooftop lounges around because they can contain large groupings of guests in a relatively confined space. Whereas an outdoor sectional sofa may have many seats go unused, and rows of chaise lounges will take up a lot of real estate, outdoor daybeds provide ample space to spread out, luxuriate, and watch the world go by.
Outdoor daybeds are a sustainable outdoor furniture option. 87% of global travelers say they want to travel sustainably, and 68% expressed interest in staying at eco-friendly hotels2. Our luxury outdoor furniture brands strive for a circular production model. DEDON’s woven fiber is 100% recyclable and they’ve engineered their entire supply chain to produce zero waste. All of our teak outdoor furniture is sourced from working forests protected by the Indonesian government.
What are the different styles of outdoor daybeds?
Outdoor daybeds come in all shapes and sizes. Some feature enclosed walls and roofs, some are semi-enclosed, and others are completely open-air.
Outdoor Cabana Daybeds
Imagine a bedroom where you woke up filled with the sight of the ocean and its many sounds and smells. Invite a few friends for a carefree afternoon of playing cards, reading, and lounging.
Outdoor Hanging Daybeds
Imagine a giant porch swing that you could share with all the kids. The DEDON SWINGREST Hanging Lounger is 36 feet around in circumference, and owing to its fiber-woven construction, is surprisingly lightweight at 99 pounds.
Outdoor Daybed with Canopy
With an open-air back side and a billowy overhead canopy, DAYDREAM is famed outdoor furniture designer Richard Frinier’s take on a garden hide-away for a magical afternoon nap.
Modeled after the traditional North Sea “beach basket” style of outdoor daybed, these outdoor covered daybeds offer storage compartments, fold-out extensions for added leg room, and are fully reclinable. This is a rare example of a portable outdoor daybed, as you can see the unit has wheels for rolling.
Round Outdoor Daybeds
Round outdoor daybeds maximize surface area for sharing space with friends and loved ones. The outdoor daybed equivalent of a sofa loveseat, a round outdoor daybed invites one to sprawl out in any direction.
Chaise Lounge Outdoor Daybeds
Modeled after the iconic chaise lounge pool furniture, the chaise lounge outdoor daybed can be single- or double-wide. Often envisioned as the end-cap to a modular outdoor furniture configuration, they can also be stand-alone for an extra-soft and plush solo lounging session.
These are not the only models of daybed sold through Curran. Shop all our models here. If you happen to be in the downtown Seattle area, come sit-test the SWINGREST in our showroom. If you’re purchasing for a business, look into our trade program where all the models shown here are available at significant discounts.
1“Luxury Travel Market Size & Trends”: https://www.grandviewresearch.com/industry-analysis/luxury-travel-market
2“Sustainability and the Hospitality Industry: Why Going Green is Good for Business”: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/sustainability-hospitality-industry-why-going-green-good-business/
Paul is the Outdoor Furniture Storyteller at Curran and sisalcarpet.com. For the past 2 years he has been focused on crafting content that helps connect those who enjoy the finer things in life with heirloom outdoor furniture pieces. With over a decade of experience in e-commerce and web publishing, he envisions Curran as a comprehensive destination for building dream outdoor spaces. His favorite furniture style? Mid-Century Modern (it kind of encompasses a little bit of everything :D).