Let’s face it. Some of us don’t know how to put on a duvet cover. Maybe you never learned to do it at all, because you’ve always used a comforter. Or maybe you’ve been wrestling it on each time, and you have a sneaking feeling that you’re doing it all wrong. It’s not supposed to be hard, right? And is it supposed to feel like exercise?
Whether you know how to do it well or not, if you want clean bedding, you’ll need to take that duvet cover off—and put it back on—about as often as you wash your sheets (at least every other week is a good general rule).
And if you’re making your bed the Scandinavian way, you can drop the top sheet, opt for fewer blankets, and wash your duvet ever few years at most. Really, just like Scandinavian bed-making, getting a duvet cover on is supposed to be simple. But before we get started …
How not to put on a duvet cover: climb inside
Do you know what happens when you don’t turn the duvet cover inside out? You end up spending a lot of time in the cover. It can feel embarrassing, and a lot of us have done it, especially when we don’t have much experience with getting duvet covers on and off. The bottom line is, if you keep your duvet cover right side out, climbing inside—and struggling to match corner to corner—is a natural side effect. That’s fine if you’re going for a mini-workout, but not ideal if time and efficiency (and not getting frustrated) are important to you.
If the only thing holding you back from an eminently easy (and tidy) bed situation is that awkward battle you have with your duvet and cover, we’re here to help. Here are two easy ways to get your duvet cover on, without breaking a sweat.
The traditional method
The traditional method is what most people are trying to do when they get it wrong. It should be straightforward, right? You just put the duvet in the duvet cover. Yes, but there’s a trick to it, and it starts with turning the cover inside out.
- For the traditional method, lay your duvet (the part that goes inside the cover) over your bed.
- Next, making sure the cover is inside out, lay the duvet cover over the top of the duvet, with the opening at the bottom of the bed.
- The Modern Dane’s duvet covers have corner-ties to help keep your duvet in place. Now is the time to tie the top corner-ties of the duvet cover to the loops at the top corners of your duvet. (If your duvet doesn’t have loops, you can simply tie the ties tightly around each corner.)
- From the bottom of the bed, work your hands inside the duvet cover, up toward the top corners. Then pair each cover corner with the duvet’s top corners, and flip the cover right side out and over the top corners of the duvet.
- Gently slide the duvet cover down and over the rest of the duvet, holding the duvet cover in place as you go. Now tie the bottom corner-ties, then close the cover at the base of the bed.
- To straighten and fluff the duvet, give the whole thing a shake, holding it from the corners and edges when you do so.
The burrito method
The burrito method might seem mystifying at first—even impossible when you hear it described. But with enough practice, you might decide that it’s actually the easiest way to get your duvet cover on—and certainly the best method for keeping bed-making fun. If you have a friend to do it with (or to show it off to), all the better.
- For the burrito method, the first step is to lay your duvet cover over your bed, inside out, with the opening at the base of the bed.
- Next, lay the duvet over the top of the duvet cover. Now is the time to tie the duvet to the cover if you have loops and ties—again, if you don’t have loops, you can simply tie around each corner of the duvet.
- Next, starting at the top of the bed, begin to roll up the duvet and duvet cover together, down and toward the bottom of the bed.
- When you get to the bottom, take the opening of the duvet cover and pull it right side out and around the roll. Fasten buttons to create the burrito.
- Finally, unroll the covered duvet, by pinching at the matched closure and bottom edge and gently pulling the roll apart and shaking and straightening as you go. Give the duvet and cover a final shake to smooth and fluff.
The burrito method does take practice, and can be hard to visualize. If you’re the kind of person who needs to see something to learn, check out this video for a step-by-step demonstration.
Really new to duvets?
Confused about terms like duvet, duvet cover, duvet insert (a redundant way of saying duvet), comforters, etcetera? If that’s the case for you, don’t worry. Not everyone needs to be a bedding expert. For the information you need, see our guide to the difference between a duvet and a comforter, which will help you understand what they are and why they’re different, the pros and cons of each, and how to properly care for them.
And then when you’re ready, check out The Modern Dane’s exclusive collection of European flax linen duvet covers, with beautiful Scandinavian botanical prints to give your bedroom a modern and cozy feel.