cabriole-leg daybedOpen-frame daybeds were popularized during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), and their use gradually eclipsed the old, box-style platform. Traditional styles included simianping and waisted forms with cabriole legs or horsefeet.

pan yunzheng daybedA miniature wooden daybed found in the tomb of Pan Yunzheng (d. 1589) near Shanghai reflects a classical 'waisted corner-leg' -style typical of the late Ming period

recessed-leg daybed Daybeds of 'recessed-leg' style were also typical of the late Ming period, including both those of round-leg style as well a those with mitered bridle joints and legs shaped with flanges.

bamboo daybedBeing relatively lightweight, the daybed was well-suited for impromptu gatherings, and was often arranged with other furnishings on a terrace or in the garden where fresh air and natural impressions could be enjoyed.

In a makeshift study arranged on a garden terrace, the daybed served as a place for quiet relaxation and contemplative meditation or as a platform from which to engage in lofty conversation. Such tented arrangements also provided a comfortable place to sleep during the hot summers nights.

pavilion daybed The refined gentleman also found idle pleasure playing the qin while seated upon a daybed arranged in a garden pavilion.

Writing in the early 17th century, Wen Zhenheng recommended a simple daybed (ta) for a gentleman's sleeping quarters; his suggested arrangement—with a couple of stools and a small table set to the side—corresponds closely to scene painted by Qiu Ying some 50 years earlier.

qiu ying daybed

Therein, a gentleman relaxes leisurely upon on a simianping daybed, and while reclining against a backrest, looks out upon an enclosed private garden.