A good night’s sleep is a crucial part of a healthy, balanced life. Sleep supports both your mental and physical health, so it’s important to have the right bedding and pillows, along with the right presentation, to prepare for a good night’s rest.

Different types of sleep setups require different preparation. For example, you may be able to simply shake out a quilt and lay it flat on your bed, but a duvet requires a little more foresight and maintenance.

Duvets are traditionally filled with down, but these days, the fill could also be made of other materials, such as eucalyptus, cotton, or wool. A duvet might even be a repurposed comforter. Regardless of material, putting on the cover can be tricky if you don’t do it correctly.

There are two main methods for covering a duvet, and both are relatively simple, once you know what you’re doing. You’ll get the best results for both methods if you put the cover on right after taking it out of the dryer, which reduces wrinkles.

The Standard Method

Though the standard way to slip a duvet into its cover can be done by one person, a second person certainly makes the process easier.

  • Lay the duvet cover flat on top of the bed, with the closures facing the foot of the bed.
  • Stand at one corner at the foot of the bed, and have someone else stand at the other corner. Each of you should be holding one of the top corners of the duvet insert.
  • In tandem, shimmy the insert up the sleeve of its cover until the front corners of the duvet are fitted into the inside corners of the duvet cover.
  • Continue to shimmy and adjust the duvet into its cover in the back corners too.
  • While each of you is holding the top corners of the duvet-and-cover combo, shake the bedding until the duvet fits evenly into the cover.
  • Together, lift your arms and gently lay the made duvet on the bed.
  • Button, snap, zip, or tie the enclosures at the foot-end of the duvet cover.
  • Continue arranging and making your bed.

The Roll Method

Inspired by rolling sushi, the roll method is another way to ensure good presentation for a covered duvet.

  • Turn your duvet cover inside out and lay it on top of your bed, with the opening facing away from you.
  • Take the duvet insert and place it on top of the cover, matching all corners as perfectly as possible.
  • If your duvet cover has ties, tie the corners down or tie the ties into the loops on the insert.
  • Stand opposite the cover’s opening and begin to roll the duvet and cover together, adjusting the edges as you roll to keep everything aligned.
  • Once the rolling is complete, grab one end of the roll and stuff it into the enclosure of the duvet cover.
  • Fasten the duvet cover shut and position the roll so that the enclosure is aligned with the bottom of the bed.
  • Begin unrolling. This process will both undo the roll and pull the duvet cover apart from the roll.
  • Once the unrolling process is finished, you should have a perfectly inserted duvet in its cover.
  • Shake out the duvet and continue making your bed.

Tips for Uneven Duvet Covers

Not every duvet is made to fit its cover perfectly. Some don’t even come with closures, which can make things a little trickier. However, there is a simple way to both tackle this kind of issue and manage a duvet-covering session solo.

  • Lay your duvet insert flat out on the bed.
  • Turn your duvet cover inside out, with the opening pointed towards your feet.
  • Lift the inside-out duvet cover and run your arms through the opening until your hands are inside each of the top corners, creating “mittens” over your hands.
  • Walk to the end of the bed, with your “mittens” up in front of your body.
  • Grab each foot-end corner of the duvet with your “mittens.”
  • Gently flip the duvet cover over the duvet.
  • Continue to lift your hands as you pull back the duvet and allow the duvet cover to fully cover the duvet. Standing on a stable chair makes the process move faster.
  • Once the duvet is fully covered, button, snap, or tie its closures, if it has any.
  • Continue making your bed.
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