3 Easy Ways to Put On a Duvet Cover

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Purple Staff
Last Updated
October 17, 2021
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After washing and drying your sheets, bed shams, duvet, and duvet cover, it’s time to place them back onto the bed. While it might be easy to slide a fitted sheet over your mattress and tuck pillows back into cases, putting on a duvet cover can be quite the experience.

Duvet covers can prove a little tricky to put on your bed. Even if you’re familiar with a traditional comforter, the differences between a comforter and a duvet can be difficult to master. No matter the size of your bed or your mattress type, simple techniques can help you put on your duvet cover quickly and sink into your comfortable bed faster.

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The Traditional Method

The traditional method is one of the more common when it comes to applying a duvet cover.

  1. Lay the duvet — the insert that goes inside of the duvet cover — flat on top of your mattress. Smooth any wrinkles or bunched fabric you find so that the duvet is spread evenly.
  2. Take a moment to ensure that you have turned your duvet cover inside out. Once you do, you should notice that the tag, and corner ties, are on the outside of the cover.
  3. Place your inside-out duvet cover flat on top of the duvet.
  4. Line up each corner of the duvet cover with the corresponding corner of the duvet. Make sure that the opening of the duvet cover is at the foot of your bed.
  5. Identify how your duvet cover should be secured to your duvet. Using the ties, fasteners, or clips now on the outside of your duvet cover, secure the top two corners of the duvet insert.
  6. Working from the foot of the bed, slide your hands inside the duvet cover and grasp its top corners. In one motion, flip the cover right-side out — making sure to grab both the duvet and duvet cover at the same time.
  7. With the corners of the duvet and cover still in your hands, slide the rest of the duvet cover down over the rest of the insert. When you’re done, the insert should be fully within the cover.
  8. Tie the bottom corners of the duvet to the duvet cover. All four corners of the duvet insert should be attached to the duvet cover.
  9. Gently shake the duvet cover to evenly distribute the duvet insert inside.

The California Roll Method

This method offers an alternative approach to putting on a duvet cover. Also known as the “burrito method,” it requires that you tightly roll, then unroll, your duvet cover after working the insert inside.

Consult the following steps for a more detailed approach to the California method:

  1. Turn the duvet cover inside out and lay it on top of your bed. Make sure that the opening of the duvet cover is facing away from the head of the bed.
  2. Place the duvet insert on top of the inside-out duvet cover.
  3. Align both the corners and the edges of the insert with the duvet cover. The closer the edges and corners are aligned, the easier the rest of the process will be.
  4. If your duvet cover has ties or fasteners, connect each corner of the insert to the inside-out duvet corner.
  5. Start at the top of the bed — opposite the opening of the duvet cover — and begin to roll the duvet insert and cover. Keep the roll tight and cohesive as you work your way down the bed. Make sure edges and corners stay aligned during the rolling process.
  6. After you have completed the rolling process, grab the end of the “burrito” with the duvet cover opening.
  7. Load the duvet insert inside of the duvet cover, working your way from the open end up the roll.
  8. Slowly unroll the duvet cover and duvet insert, after positioning the roll so that the top of the duvet cover is at the top of the bed.
  9. Shake the duvet once you fully unroll it to evenly distribute the duvet insert inside.

The Nova Method

To use the Nova duvet cover method, you’ll need specific bedding that uses zippers to simplify the duvet application process.

With fewer steps than the California method and the traditional method, the Nova method helps you streamline the duvet application process. You’ll simply unzip your duvet cover and stuff the comforter inside, securing each corner before zipping the cover back up.

Reference the below steps for a more in-depth Nova method explanation:

  1. Lay your duvet cover flat on top of your mattress. Make sure that the side of your duvet cover with your zipper is facing up.
  2. Unzip the zipper on your duvet cover.
  3. Lay the duvet insert flat on top of the unzipped duvet cover.
  4. Work the duvet insert into the duvet cover one corner at a time. Make sure to fasten duvet insert corners to the duvet cover if fasteners or ties are provided.
  5. Shake the duvet cover after you secure each corner of the insert, to evenly distribute the insert.
  6. After the duvet insert is completely inside of the duvet cover, shake one final time to further distribute the weight of the duvet insert.
  7. Zip the duvet cover back up.

One of the easiest ways to put on a duvet cover, the Nova method replaces any difficult rolling or folding with easy-to-use zippers.

Duvets offer an easy solution to remove the cover, remove stains and wash without having to use a dry cleaner. If you are in need of a Duvet, Purple has the perfect down-alternative duvet that gives you all the benefits of a down without the allergens and pokey feathers

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