How To Change A Comforter Cover Without Tying Yourself In A Knot

Changing The Comforter Cover. How Hard Can It Be?

You'd think it would be the easiest thing in the world, wouldn't you? Take out the duvet or comforter, and comforter cover, place them in a washing machine, and when they are dry put them back together. Easy peasy. Not! Especially if it is a large king size, or bigger.

Now I am only small, 5 foot 4 in high heels. But believe me when I say that to change a duvet cover on a large comforter is probably one of the most exhausting things that I do In my house.

Do you know how long it took me the other day? Nearly an hour! Being nice to my son, I decided to do all his bedding wash in one easy go, as he was away for a few days. He usually does it himself. I had forgotten how tiring it was just trying to carry the stupid thing upstairs, let alone try to get the cover on the duvet!

Help! Stuck in the Duvet!
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Spaghetti Duvet!

Entering the bedroom I felt like a hobbit, his room seemed to be man size. I then lay the duvet on the bed and to my horror I realised that it was the size of a tent! Okay, I thought, I can do this. So I started again.

Dragging the huge duvet off the bed, I lay down the cover and stared at it. How on earth was I going to get that inside there? Not to be defeated, I dragged the comforter across the room and started pushing it inside the cover.

First of all it worked, yeah I thought! Then the cover got twisted and I didn't know which way was what. It worked for a few minutes then, letting go it slid back out and plumped on the floor. Great, start again. I know, I will crawl inside and do it that way! Yeah, great idea! I felt like a mouse in a hole.

Every time I crawled up further inside the stupid thing the more it got twisted, until panic overtook me and I started to hyperventilate! To my horror, I didn't know which way round I was!

By the time I had got to the farthest corner of the duvet cover, my panic had turned to exhaustion and I thought, Well, what a way to go, suffocation inside a duvet cover, great! They are going to find me tangled up like a meatball inside a bowl of spaghetti!

Could it get any worse? Yep, just as I was rolling around the bed tangled up, suffocating and swearing to high heaven the phone rang! Twisting in panic, trying to get my feet off the bed, I fell. Thump! Straight into my sons guitar that was placed just perfectly half in and half out under the bed! At least by this time I had my feet on the floor. Trouble was, I was still covered head to foot by the stupid duvet cover!

The duvet itself was curled up around my ankles and I was in a pickle to say the least! Taking one big breath I ducked down, pulled the duvet cover up and suddenly got a blast of lovely fresh air in my face. Saved!

Nice cup Of Tea!

Eventually, after two cups of tea and a sit down, I tried again. Luckily my skills as a duvet cover expert kicked in and now I am going to impart my well earned wisdom in your direction.

Please take note, I don’t want to hear that you have been eaten by a duvet cover, not a nice way to go! And don't forget to put your phone in your pocket, just in case you need rescuing. Just erring on the side of caution!

How Not To Put On A Duvet Cover! Funny!

How To Change A Duvet Cover

1. Lay the Duvet Cover on top of the bed.

Make sure that the cover is inside out. there's not point in doing it main side up. You will just have to start again. Flatten it as much as possible and get the seams straight. And don't forget to undo the buttons or poppits. You won't be able to do it once you get started.

2. Put your arms inside the duvet cover.

This is the fun bit. Make sure that you follow the seams either side, until you reach the top left and right corners. Try and keep the duvet flat on the bed, if it starts to ride up, start again.

3. Now grab the Duvet.

Here it starts getting a bit tricky. Take one hand out of the Duvet cover and grab the Duvet. Place it into position by laying each corner to the appropriate duvet cover corner. When you have placed the duvet into position, take your hands out of the cover and grab the corners. Hold tight for goodness sake or else it will fall on the floor and you will have to start again.

4. Hold your hands above your head.

Now comes the stretchy part. Reach up as high as you can and wiggle. Not you! The duvet cover! Keep wiggling until the cover starts to go down the quilt. A good idea is to stand on the bed or a chair. This way you will get the height and not drag it onto the floor. But be careful, if you are anything like me, clumsy, you will take a dive and land in a heap. At least it will be soft!

This is how you do it properly!

5. Straighten the Duvet cover out.

Carefully lay the duvet over the bed, and straighten up the corners. You may have to put your hands inside again to get the two bottom corners straight. Then just do up the buttons.

If you Duvet cover is really huge.

A good idea if your duvet cover is really big, is to lay it flat on the bed, right side up. Then pin the corners to the bed. This way they will stay in place and not get tangled in a knot.

If its possible, do the same for the bottom corners too. Then, gently place the comforter or duvet inside the cover, and wriggle it up the bed. Obviously this will take a bit longer, but by doing this you won't have to lift it, as it will be heavy.

So if you find that your Duvet Cover is trying to strangle you, check out the above and do it the right way. Saves time and your sanity!

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Ella Quirk 5 years ago

Hi Nell,

My Mum show me how to do the 'inside-out' duvet (we call them doonas here) trick and I was amazed at how easy it was. Why didn't I think of that?

Thanks for sharing the secrets of the duvet cover!

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alphagirl 5 years ago from USA

OMG! That is a funny pic.

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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

One word--hysterical. :)

Of course the phone rang. What could be more natural?

Although not nearly as a great a story, when I was a really little girl I visited my girlfriend next door whose mother was teaching her how to fold sheets. This dear lady snatched me up and put me to work too, and I've often been grateful to know how to fold a fitted sheet! It also reminds me that children LIKE to learn and work if we help them feel useful.

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PDXBuys 5 years ago from Oregon

I watched the video just to listen to her accent. Lovely!

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Nell, I think we have all done battle with the reluctant duvet cover! Whilst working with a student with learning difficutlies I was advised to help him find the "cheeky corners" and to do it inside out- one of us suceeded at this- as a clue- it wasn't me!!

I did enjoy your antics but know that I have to face the same chore in a couple of hours!

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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

Nell, you are one of a kind! I am glad I don't have this to deal with as it ain't so clod here. Changing that thing would drive me crazy!

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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Ella, I easily do the smaller ones, but it was this large extra kingsize that totally flumoxed me! lol! thanks for reading, cheers nell

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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Ella, just wanted to say that I read your snake hub, it was amazing, I actually used to have a lot of snake bracelets, thanks nell

Hi, alphagirl, that could well have been me! lol! thanks for reading, cheers nell

Hi, RTalloni, it is a good idea to learn things from an early age, we see it as fun, then it becomes very helpful, just as long as the phone doesn't ring at that point! lol! thanks for reading, cheers nell

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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, PDX, lol! did you learn how to do the duvet too? thanks for reading, and I am glad you liked it, cheers nell

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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Caseworker, good luck! lol! I hope your duvet cover is more helpful than mine! thanks so much for reading, cheers nell

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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Cardisa, you are so lucky! can I emigrate over there? looking out the window at the moment with the grey skys and gail force winds I feel the urge to jump on that plane! lol! thanks for reading, cheers nell

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PDXBuys 5 years ago from Oregon

Nell - What's a duvet? Haha, I am just kidding. Yes, I had one to get me through the cold winters in Ipswich back in the 80s. My new kitten, who loved to sleep on the bed, peed on it and created a lot of work for me. Hey, I was just a stupid bachelor back then - I didn't use a duvet cover!

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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

This sounds like an Audrey episode~ Sure - now you tell me how it is done!

I shall have to print this out or mark it so that next time I attempt this, I do not end up inside of the cover or tangled in it. I usually have to employ at least 1 or 2 other people to get mine to work, after much swearing and tumbling about with it. If I had half a brain, I guess I would have looked up a detailed article such as this before literally getting myself in a tangle!

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Storytellersrus 5 years ago from Stepping past clutter

Very entertaining and useful! Love your sense of humor.

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Green Lotus 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

I've been down the duvet hole and back myself! This was like re-visited a bad dream, but in a good way because instructions were included :) Cheers and happy laundry days.

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Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

Love that top pic, was sure it had to be you! I hate any house work anymore! Wow heard about that lady over there that got buried alive by her boyfriend and he claims he was only trying to scare her...please...I hope Billy Bob in Cell C scares him! I do hope your courts are more just than ours. That poor woman! Saved by the ring he forgot to retrieve!

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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, PDX, how funny! lol! still the kitten had to go somewhere! you would probably had to have the duvet washed as well, double the work! lol! thanks again, nell

Hi, Audrey, yes It does sound like you! lol! I am surprised that you have never done it! ha ha! it can be a pain, especially when you have a king size duvet, thanks as always, nell

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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Story, that's the story of my life! lol! I don't know the meaning of the word elegant! at least not doing any sort of housework! especially duvets, thanks for reading, cheers nell

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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Green Lotus, they say write about what you know! ha ha! and trust me this was a nightmare! I really thought I was going to be stuck for ages, oh well at least I have learned my lesson well! thanks as always, nell

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moonlake 5 years ago from America

Funny, it sounds like what I would go through. I have trouble just changing the sheets. My grandmother always said how tired she would get putting on fitted sheets. As I have gotten older I know why. A duvet I would never make it.

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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Polly, oh my goodness! you hear about things over here that I haven't seen! I shall have to go investigate! sounds horrific! thanks as always, nell

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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, moonlake, I know what you mean! lol! I can't understand why they make duvets so awkward! as for fitted sheets, why is it that when you put one corner on, the other one pings off? lol thanks for reading, cheers nell

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tlpoague 5 years ago from USA

This sounds like the duvet nearly won the war. I have never used one before, but now that I have read your hub, it might be easier than stuffing the whole comforter in the washer. I hate making my bed because I could never get the top sheet even. Great hub! Thanks!

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mljdgulley354 5 years ago

This was funny to hear you tell. I'm sure the experience was not so fun. Loved you story.

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christopheranton 5 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

In your case Nell, you should be sitting back and letting your son change his own duvet cover. If he can play a guitar, he should be able to make his own bed.

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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, tipoague, yes the duvet won that round! lol! my son thought it was hilarious and said why didn't I just leave it for him to do when he got back? thanks for reading, cheers nell

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b. Malin 5 years ago

This Hub reminds me of the "Bed in a Bag" that we bought...Forget it! But we did FINALLY learn how, after much "cursing" from Lover Man to put it back in the Bag. But reading your Hub made me Laugh with Sympathy, Good Fun, Nell. Certainly got my Vote for FUNNY!

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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, mljdGulley, it was funny at the time! lol! thanks so much for reading, cheers nell

Hi, christopher, as I said above it was my own fault, he was away so I decided to tackle his bedroom, never again! lol! thanks again nell

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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, b. Malin, bed in a bag? that's new! lol! never heard of that before, I have enough trouble with a duvet, can you imagine what I would be like with that? ha ha! thanks as always, nell

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Erin LeFey 5 years ago from Maryland

Hi Nell,

You would not believe how helpful this is. I bought my duvet and cover only two years ago (used to do the bed in a bag thing) and I love it - but never could do it myself. I've had my aunt from Germany come over to help me every time! (well, she lives here now, not Germany - I'm not THAT pathetic! :) Anyway, you describe your story so well, I sympathize! But next time, mine will be PERFECT - ROFL. Thanks so much, Erin

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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Erin, lol! you sure? I hear the flights from Germany are really frequent! ha ha! and can you explain to be what on earth is a bed in a bag! lol! this is the second time I have heard it today, and my mind is boggling!

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tammyswallow 5 years ago from North Carolina

Helpful advice. I am really short and this technique will help a lot. Thanks!

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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, tammy, I am short too! lol! I am glad you found it helpful, cheers nell

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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

That could be a standup - or not - comedy routine! Too funny!

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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Nellieanna, that's exactly right! lol! I used to be called the comedian, now I can see why! I do wish I had decorum sometimes, I feel that is one of those things that I missed in my genetics! lol! thanks as always, nell

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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

Oh what fun, a great hub. I try to stand at the top of the stairs and hang the duvet cover over the banisters. Great fun when doing it with a partner, particularly after a glass of wine! Pretty dangerous though!! I think this task is my pet hate!!

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MyFavoriteBedding 5 years ago from United States

This is a great hub! If you learn how to put a duvet cover on correctly, it is not hard at all. Thanks for sharing your humor!

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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, acaetnna, I never thought of that! lol! what a good idea, from now on I will try it that way, I am so short the duvet always ends up pooled at the bottom of my legs on the floor, thanks!

Hi, MyFavoriteBedding, thanks for reading, we live and learn! ha ha!

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acliff 5 years ago from New York City

Hey, thanks so much for this how-to! I really enjoyed it because I recently bought a duvet cover (I wrote a hub about it) and I'm sure I'll run into this problem soon. Thanks again!

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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, acliff, hope it helps! lol! its not fun getting stuck in a duvet! thanks for reading, cheers nell

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 5 years ago

Nell Rose, Nice hub! Great helpful tips as well as the video! Thank You for sharing, Peace & Blessings!

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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Thanks so much DeBorrah, glad you found it helpful, nell

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furniturez 4 years ago from Washington

If you haven't struggled with it you'll never understand why this post is so amazing lol thank you!

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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi furniture, haha! thank you! it can be a right nightmare trying to put the duvet on! thanks for reading, cheers nell

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