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How to Put a Duvet Cover On by Yourself

Updated on September 10, 2012

A royal frustration!

If you are in charge of laundry or bedmaking, you know exactly how frustrating it is to try to put a duvet cover on your duvet. The theory of duvet covers are great: You can simply take off the cover, wash it, and put it back on your comforter, without having to wash the whole thing.

Getting it off is no problem. Getting it back on is tantamount to bed linen acrobatics. Here is a step by step guide to getting it on without anyone else's help. At the end of this article, you can print out the certificate of achievement. It'll help motivate you- I promise.

Lay out your comforter.

Spread out the comforter on your bed. Make sure you pay attention to the length versus the width. Try not to swear at the person who dirtied the duvet cover, causing you to have to take the blasted thing off in the first place.

Cocoa will be your instructor today.
Cocoa will be your instructor today. | Source

Matching the corners...

Next, you want to lay the duvet cover over the comforter, taking care that all the sides and corners match up. Once you have done that, assess where the opening is. Visualize stuffing the duvet into the cover and matching up the corners. You are ready to begin. Deep breaths. You can do this.

Use that geometry skill and make sure its lined up before you begin. Those corners can mess you up if you aren't ready for them.
Use that geometry skill and make sure its lined up before you begin. Those corners can mess you up if you aren't ready for them. | Source

Fold over the duvet cover.

You want to fold up the duvet cover and put it at the end of the comforter. Make the opening visible (like a giant mouth ready to you swallow you...er...I mean the duvet.

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Cocoa surmises the folding has gone well.Notice the opening. It looks like a clam.
Cocoa surmises the folding has gone well.
Cocoa surmises the folding has gone well. | Source
Notice the opening. It looks like a clam.
Notice the opening. It looks like a clam. | Source

Grab your first corner.

Grabbing on the corners closest to the duvet cover, shove it right in there and do not stop until you locate the furthest corner! It will feel like forever, but you'll make it. Once you find it, stuff it in there really well, and lay it in a spot where you can identify it.

See that stuffy corner? Make sure you keep it separate from the rest of the blanket. Otherwise, it gets swallowed.
See that stuffy corner? Make sure you keep it separate from the rest of the blanket. Otherwise, it gets swallowed. | Source

Do the second corner.

Do the same thing to the second corner. Shove it until you have stuffed it into the other furtherest corner. (I am having so much fun commanding people to shove it).

Grab both recently stuff corners and hold on for dear life.

You are going to take both corners, grab them, and shake that bad attitude right off. You just keep shaking. Do not despair if the whole duvet cover doesn't fall in place. We aren't done yet.

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So the corners are on either end, and the middle is a mess. Don't worry! You just have to grab the corners and shake!See how shaking brings the duvet cover down a bit? 50% there! Don't worry, Cocoa wasn't hurt during the shaking.
So the corners are on either end, and the middle is a mess. Don't worry! You just have to grab the corners and shake!
So the corners are on either end, and the middle is a mess. Don't worry! You just have to grab the corners and shake! | Source
See how shaking brings the duvet cover down a bit? 50% there! Don't worry, Cocoa wasn't hurt during the shaking.
See how shaking brings the duvet cover down a bit? 50% there! Don't worry, Cocoa wasn't hurt during the shaking. | Source

Here's where it gets dicey.

You must take the third corner and shove it into the other corner. You may worry that you are undoing your previous work, but if you leave those first two corners in place, you won't.

Last corner...

Do the final shoving with that last corner. At this point, you are going to lose hope. The comforter will be all bunched up, it wil not be stuffed, and you will think that I (and the bed linen company) have invented a new form of torture.

It looks hopeless, but you will be okay. It will all work out.
It looks hopeless, but you will be okay. It will all work out. | Source

Grab those last two corners and shake what your Mama gave you!

Whatever you do, don't let go. Shake, shake, and shake some more.

If you followed my instructions correctly, you should have a duvet cover successfully on your comforter. The next step is simple. Go to the store and buy plastic wrap. Cover your entire comforter and duvet cover in plastic wrap so that you never have to do this again.

Cocoa inspected your work, and you have succeeded! Proceed on to the certificate of achievement.
Cocoa inspected your work, and you have succeeded! Proceed on to the certificate of achievement. | Source

Certificate of achievement

Congratulations. Upon completing this course, you have graduated from bed linen clutz to bed linen master acrobat. This accredited certificate entitles you to absolutely nothing, but the sheer joy of finishing the world's worst bed-making chore.

That is, unless you have a bed skirt.

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I created a video...

Now, I must give you ample warning. This video is 5 minutes long. Though five minutes is not long when you are putting on a duvet cover, you will think you have died and gone to hell while you watch this clip. Don't watch it unless you have absolutely nothing better to do.

I promise I don't sound as perky in real life. You get to listen to me talk at you like you are in 2nd grade, which you will feel like a total idiot if this is your first time using a duvet cover, so maybe I wasn't that off base.

You will get to see my husband's unkept bureau, so that's kind of fun. But seriously, only watch this if my step by step tutorial doesn't work.

You will never be able to get those five minutes of your life back. You've been warned.

Editorial note: My husband watched this video and cracked a rib from laughing. He told me that I should never work in TV. I think I agree.

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 5 years ago from Clinton CT

      Wait, I still don't get it. Turn the cover inside out and then what?

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      Hummingbird5356 5 years ago

      Another much simpler way is to turn the cover inside out. Put your hands inside to get hold of the corners, grab hold of the corners of the duvet, and then shake it. You have the duvet cover on in about 30 seconds. A lot quicker. I used to do it the way you do till someone showed me this other method.

      A good instructional video, though.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This reminds me of the very first time I put waterbed sheets on a waterbed. I was like what the #$#@$@? I had to call a friend and ask them how to do it.

      Thanks to your how to hub I will now be able to easily (HaHa) put my duvet cover on my duvet. Thanks Julie!

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Fantastic how to Julie! I use a duvet and the first time I tried to put it on had my hubby cracking up! I was inside it with the comforter and my feet were dangling out the end.... yeah... I then started doing it the same way as you ^_^ Loved the video as well! Voted up and shared

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Hahaha, pets always have to 'help.' I used to use duvet covers a lot. Now I have a duvet and no cover, so I just don't use it. I should get a new cover because I prefer to wash something simple instead of an entire comforter.

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Oh dear...Julie you've made your bed - now you're gonna have to lie in it! Hahaha

      I watched the video - it was pretty good! I am in fear of the duvet and have never owned one...! Ha! I figured I'd never be able to make it look smooth:)

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Julie, I have never sued Duvet Covers myself, because I figured I would never be able to master them, but you did show perfectly how to put them back on the comforter and loved your tutorial video too. Have of course voted, shared and tweeted!!