House clinic: which daybed fits the bill?

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We’re looking for a daybed that has a wooden frame and a stowaway bed underneath for a family room.
JS, Reigate, Surrey.

Simon Horn, 020 7731 1279,, has daybeds that convert into double guest beds. The front of the frame pulls forward with its mattress and a lever raises the other mattress to the same level, while the frame stays in one piece so the mattresses butt together. For a family room try Poitiers (right), £4,350 including mattresses. James Adam Furniture, 01394 384471,, has stowaway daybeds that rise on legs with mattresses that zip. Belle Hélène, £1,690, is Scandinavian in style; Jean-Jaures, £1,643, has straight solid arms; or try Terre Blanche, £1,690 (prices exclude mattresses).

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