3 Easy Ways to Put on a Duvet Cover

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Last Modified 22 March 2023   First Added 28 May 2021

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Changing a duvet cover sounds simple enough, but it can be a hassle trying to fit a big puffy duvet inside a cover without it going lumpy. If you’re stumped for an easy way to fit a duvet cover, don’t worry, we’ve got it covered. This step-by-step guide lets you know all the tricks of the trade and offers a few options for you to try – we’re sure you’ll find one that becomes your new favourite way to put a duvet cover on by yourself.

How often should you change your duvet cover?

Do you know how often you’re meant to wash your bed linen? In this How Often Should You Wash Your Bedding post we recommend changing your sheets once a week and washing them at 60 °C. This is because a hot wash will not only easily lift dirt, but it’ll also kill off pathogens such as pesky dust mites which are notorious for causing allergies to flare up.

The traditional way to put on a duvet cover

Named ‘the traditional way’ because it’s the one that most people fall back on, this method is easy for one person. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Lay the duvet flat on the bed.
  2. Grab the duvet cover and proceed to turn it inside out via the corners. Do this by standing at the foot of the bed with the opening end closest to you. Reach into the opening and grab the two top corners of the duvet cover – the left corner with your left hand and the right corner with your right hand. Pull the corners towards you and out through the opening to turn it inside out.
  3. While still holding the corners, grab the duvet from the bottom of the bed and hold each corner. Quickly flip over so that the duvet goes inside the cover.
  4. Shake to get most of it in, you can then let go of the corners and pull the rest of the cover over the duvet, closing it via the zip/buttons/poppers.

Californian roll

This method is a little different to the traditional way but still easy enough for one person. Here’s how to do the Californian roll:

  1. Turn your duvet cover completely inside out and lay it flat over your bed – have the closed end to one side of the bed.
  2. Grab your duvet and lay it flat on top of the cover – try to keep it aligned to the corners of the cover.
  3. Once they’re aligned stand at the side of the bed where the closed end of the cover is and start to roll the cover and the duvet together into a long sausage shape.
  4. When you get to the end, fold the opening back on itself to encase the sausage shape. Do up the cover, then unroll and shake it out.

Putting on a duvet cover with two people

When there are two of you, it’s less about the method and more about using the extra pair of hands. Try this simple way of putting on a duvet cover between you and a partner:

  1. Lay the duvet flat on the bed and pull it up a little towards the head end. Each stand at one side of the bed facing each other.
  2. Grab the duvet cover and place it at the foot end of the bed with the opening facing towards the head end.
  3. Each grab the bottom corner of the duvet closest to you and place it inside the cover. Then thread it through by holding the corner up and using your other hand to pull the cover over it. Stop once you align the corner of the duvet with the corner of the cover. Then both start to pull the rest of the cover over the duvet until it’s mostly covered.
  4. Shake the duvet and cover out from the closed end and then both start fastening the other end until you meet in the middle (unless it’s a zip and then only one of you need to this part!) Shake it out again and you’re done.

View the three methods in this step-by-step video guide:

Dress to impress

Once you’ve changed your duvet cover, it’s time to dress the rest of the bed. Check out our video below on ‘How to make a bed, perfectly’. This simple and visual step-by-step guide shows you everything from hotel-style corners to plump and pristine pillows, all set for a great night’s sleep.

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