How to Put On A Duvet Cover

Putting on a duvet cover is a simple task, but what is the most efficient way to put it on?

If all the talk about duvets and covers is new to you, you aren’t alone. At first, duvet covers seem to disturb your regular bedding washing routine. Fortunately, with a few simple suggestions, you’ll cover your duvet like a pro and discover all the fuss is about.

Why You May Choose to Use A Duvet and Cover

If you’ve ever topped your bed with a comforter, you’ll know that they’re usually machine washable. It’s convenient that they can be washed at home, but it can also be disastrous. You strain to squeeze that queen or king-size comforter into the washing, and a few minutes later, your machine is beeping out of tune and the contents weigh 20 pounds heavier!

Cleaning your bulky comforter might be such a chore that you may be putting it off for too long, allowing it to become filthy.

When cleaning a duvet, you can remove only the outside cover, avoiding washing the thick, plush filling. This is significantly less material to wrestle into your washing machine, and it also dries considerably faster.

Because duvets are normally dry clean only, they can be luxuriously puffy with more expensive natural fillings such as feather and down. Duck down is a lightweight yet extremely efficient insulation that is also breathable, so you won’t sweat.

Using a duvet cover will help clean your expensive new blanket like new for many years to come.

A person putting a white cloth in a washing machine.

2 Ways to Put on a Duvet Cover

Roll Method

  1. Place the duvet cover inside out and flat on your bed with the open end at the head of the bed.
  2. Put the duvet directly over the cover and line them up evenly.
  3. If your cover has ties, now is the time to attach each corner of the duvet to the cover. Note: you can use safety pins on the corners of your duvet if it doesn’t have loops. This prevents the inside from bunching up once in the cover. 
  4. Standing at the foot of the bed, grab both the duvet and cover together and roll upwards until they are completely rolled up like a burrito.
  5. Find the pocket opening of the duvet cover and pull the material completely over the roll of bedding.
  6. Finally, unroll the rolled bedding.  
A rolled white bed blanket.

Stuff & Shake Method

  1. Start with the duvet cover flat on the bed with the pocket facing the footboard.
  2. Take one corner of the duvet and feed it entirely through the cover until you reach the top corner.
  3. Repeat with the second corner, feeding it all the way to the top.
  4. Pull the remaining cover material down and position the two bottom corners into place.
  5. Shake out the bedding to evenly distribute the duvet within the cover.  
A bedroom interior with a tidied bed using a clean and white sheets.

How Often to Wash A Duvet Cover

It is recommended that you wash your duvet cover every time you change your sheets, so ideally, aim for once a week. You can even wash it in the same load as your sheets as long as there is still adequate room for them to move around in the drum. 

Hopefully, you are now confident in your decision to try a duvet set on your bed. You’ve learned two different ways to put a duvet cover on, so try both options and see which one you find works best for you! Surely, after a few weeks of putting the cover back on, you will have this duvet thing mastered and hopefully will be sleeping better too!  

A very cozy bed with white sheets and pillows.
Sarah Wolfenstein
Sarah Wolfenstein is a mother of three and is skilled at DIY projects, design, and cleaning and organization. She never accepts a mediocre job - she is always challenging herself to make things appear better than even professionals with many years of training. Sarah has always strived for perfection in all her projects. She is also very active on Pinterest , where she posts tutorials, ideas, and home decorating tips that are simple enough to even be done at home by anyone with a moderate amount of experience doing basic DIYs.
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