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A 'Why Didn't I Think of That?' Way to Put on a Duvet Cover

Nothing will ever be the same.

April 18, 2019

My boyfriend and I almost break up every time we wash our duvet cover.

It's an unavoidable chore—and one we probably complete more frequently than the average home-dweller, thanks to my habit of drinking coffee in bed.

But every time our duvet cover comes out of the dryer, it leads to the same meltdown. There's linen fluffing, elaborate corner IDing, and the struggle to determine its short sides from its long sides. And then comes the worst part: actually wedging our droopy duvet into the seemingly unending, limp cover, which involves both of us basically climbing into it, each holding one cover of the duvet, as if about to summit a mountain to plant a flag. (Moments later, we look like a windstorm knocked us over and caused the flag to smother us.)

But then, recently, my boyfriend went out of town—I had to find another way. After all, if I got stuck in there, who would hear my cries for help?

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“I learned how to change a duvet cover in Switzerland. You turn the cover inside out and hold it by the farthest corners so that the fabric is over your arms. Then you hold the duvet by the nearest corners and give the cover a really hard shake. Presto! It flies over the duvet! ”
— witloof
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Enter this genius YouTube technique:

It's a video by Inhabitat, which appears to have made the internet rounds several years back. (I suspect my head was too deep inside a duvet cover to have noticed.) The basic method is this:

  • Turn your duvet cover inside out and lay it flat.
  • Place your duvet on top of the cover.
  • From the sealed end of the inside-out cover, roll the cover and duvet in a tight roll toward the open end.
  • Once there, flip a corner of the roll right-side out. Do this on the other corner, too.
  • Unroll.
  • Feel like a brilliant master of life and celebrate your newfound free time by getting directly into bed.

Have any brilliant bed-making tricks? Let us know in the comments!
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15 Comments

Linda K. May 19, 2019
Wow.

White girl problems.
 
Nancy H. April 21, 2019
It helps to put a safety pin on each bottom corner of the pouf.
 
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Ella Q. April 24, 2019
Good idea! Will try.
 
witloof April 19, 2019
I learned how to change a duvet cover in Switzerland. You turn the cover inside out and hold it by the farthest corners so that the fabric is over your arms. Then you hold the duvet by the nearest corners and give the cover a really hard shake. Presto! It flies over the duvet!
 
Nichole April 19, 2019
I’ve been using this technique for years. It’s still amazes me everytime this works!!! Magic! I call it the “sandwich bag method” because when you tuck the ends of the duvet at the very end it reminds me of how we used to tuck sandwich bag ends around a sandwich before ziploc bags became super popular.
 
Maggie S. April 18, 2019
This dek <3
 
Bri L. April 18, 2019
Cool. But given this is F52, I’m sure nobody has missed that this not like a burrito since the ends aren’t folded in. More of a crepe...
 
BerryBaby April 18, 2019
My mother taught us a similar solution (in 1950's) with pillowcases. Turn the case inside out. Grab the two end of a pillow, hold inside out ends and pillow ends, flip case over. Works like a charm.
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Ella Q. April 24, 2019
Game changer! Definitely trying this. I hate when the pillow case is just *slightly* too small for the pillow.
 
JP April 18, 2019
Once the duvet is placed on top of the cover (step 2), why not tie the corners of the duvet to the cover using the provided ties on the corners of the cover?
 
HalfPint April 18, 2019
Most duvet covers don't have the ties. At least, the ones that I've owned.
 
ustabahippie April 25, 2019
I buy inexpensive cotton twill tape at the fabric store, sew a piece to the center and corners of one end of my duvet. Then sew corresponding pieces on the inside closed end of my cover(s). Put the cover inside out at end to end with the duvet, tie the ties, and flip the whole thing. Keeps the duvet in place inside too.
 
ustabahippie April 25, 2019
Why is my comment in one long string into right side infinity and everyone else's in neat paragraphs?
 
Stephanie P. April 18, 2019
I was lucky enough to learn this when the video first made the rounds, the “burrito method” definitely changed my life too!
 
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Ella Q. April 24, 2019
I feel like a new person.