There’s nothing better than climbing into a bed with freshly cleaned sheets; it is one of life’s very greatest small pleasures. The process of changing the bedding however, is a whole different story. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve got trapped when attempting to put on a duvet cover, only to eventually emerge stressed, sweaty, and defeated. It doesn’t exactly prepare you for the tranquil state of mind required for a restful night’s sleep, that’s for sure!
If, like me, you’re someone who has weekly battles with your bedding (and yes, we’re going to talk about how often you should change your bedding in a future post!) then this article is for you. Here are 3 simple ways to put a cover on your duvet, to ensure you get your bed made quickly and perfectly, without ever getting lost inside your duvet cover again.
1. Corner Grab and Flick
This is the traditional method of putting a cover on a duvet. And whilst it’s pretty straightforward once you get to grips with it, it can be a bit tricky when you first start. The best thing about this method is that you only need one person to do it. Here’s how to do it:
- Lay your duvet out on top of your bed so that it is nice and flat.
- Turn the cover inside out.
- Put your hands and arms all the way inside the cover, bunching it up as you go, until you can grab the top corners in each hand.
- Make a kind of pincer shape with your hands, so that they are still grabbing the inside corners of the duvet cover, and then pinch the top two duvet corners at the same time.
- Give the whole thing a quick flick so that the cover starts to go over the duvet itself. This is the hardest part of the process, so it may take some practice. But stick with it, you’ve got this.
- Now transfer both corners to one hand and use the other hand to pull down the cover over the rest of the duvet.
- Lay the duvet back down onto the bed and position the bottom corners into the duvet cover.
- Holding the top two corners, give the whole thing a good shake.
- Fasten at the bottom and give it one last shake.
2. Californian Roll
This one is completely different to the two other methods, in that rather than needing to do a whole heap of grabbing and shaking, with this one you just need to roll. The Californian Roll is so called because it involves rolling the duvet and cover together in a similar way to the sushi of the same name. Again, it takes a bit of practice, but once you’ve got it this one is a total game changer. Take a look:
- Turn the duvet cover inside out.
- Lay it out so that it is flat on the bed, making sure that the closed end is nearest you.
- Place the duvet on top of the cover, smoothing out any folds, and making sure the corners match up.
- Roll the cover and duvet together so that it makes a long sausage shape.
- When you reach the end of the roll, take the open end of the cover and fold it back on itself to cover the sausage shape you have just created.
- Fasten the duvet cover
- Unroll the duvet sausage and give it a good shake.
- And that’s it!
3. Partner Up
There is never anything wrong in asking for help, so when all else fails get someone to give you a helping hand. Because two pairs of hands really are better than one when it comes to putting a cover on a duvet.
- Start by laying out the duvet on top of the mattress, so that it is flat and fold free, and then stand so that you are facing each other on either side of the bed.
- Place the cover at the foot end of the bed so that the opening is facing the head of the bed and then each take hold of the bottom corner of the duvet that is closest to you and place it into the cover.
- Keeping hold of the duvet corner, pull it up slightly and gently ease the cover down until the duvet corner matches up with the top corner of the duvet cover.
- Once you both have your corners in place, pull the cover down and match the bottom corners up. Now that you have the corners aligned, you’re nearly there.
- Spread your arms out wide, so that you’re holding a corner in each hand and when your partner’s ready give it a little shake to get out any wrinkles.
- Lay the duvet down on top of the mattress and fasten the cover.
- Give it one final shake, and that’s it job done!
Changing your duvet needn’t give you nightmares. You just need to give all three of these methods a go and see which one you get on best with. Before you know it, you’ll be changing duvets in your sleep!