Wouldn’t it be grand if your duvet acted like a pillow and you could simply slip on the cover like a pillowcase? Wrap the cover around one end, then let gravity do the rest. A few shakes and the whole thing would be done.
Well, sadly, your duvet is not semi-rigid like your pillow and is substantially bigger – much, much bigger in the case of a king-size – making the task a little bit harder than fitting a pillowcase on your pillow. But, like all seemingly daunting tasks – like folding fitted sheets, for instance – knowing how to do it is half the battle.
What’s that? You have a comforter, but you’re not sure what a duvet is. Don’t worry. The instructions work for comforters too, since a duvet is, for all intents and purposes, just a comforter inside a duvet cover.
But first, a few words about the words “duvet” and “comforter.”
You say comforter, I say duvet; are we talking about the same thing? Although most Americans use the terms interchangeably, there is a difference between a comforter and a duvet. Both are constructed of two layers of fabric filled with down, silk, wool, cotton, or synthetic fillings.
A comforter is generally used on top of a flat cover sheet and maybe even a blanket, while a traditional, European duvet is used inside a duvet cover as the only covering for sleepers. That means no cover sheet and no blanket.
This European style of bedding makes a duvet cover an essential part of your bed linens and your weekly laundering of them. And even if you opt to lay your duvet on top of a cover sheet, you’ll want to wash its cover frequently since it is the first line of defense for your bed linens against dirt, dust and fur babies. This means you need to know how to put the duvet cover back on your duvet easily.
Take a look at our how-to video for covering your duvet the traditional way here, or read our step-by-step instructions below. Soon enough, you’ll be on your way to becoming a bed-making professional!
Pro tip: This method works best for twin- or queen-size duvets whose openings are on the short side.
Sometimes the traditional way to put a cover on a duvet is a lot harder than it ought to be.
If you plan on washing your duvet cover once a week along with your other bed linens, you need a method that won’t discourage you from keeping it clean. Everyone, no matter your size or ability, can execute the Cake Roll Method for covering your duvet.
There are several reasons to put a cover on your comforter beyond being able to legitimately call it a duvet.
Still struggling with that duvet cover? Let us know your issue in the comments below and we’ll do our best to help you tackle it.