Easy Step-by-Step: How to Put on a Duvet Cover

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    Duvets and Duvet Covers

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    If you are looking for warmth but hate lots of layers on the bed, then a duvet is the perfect option. A duvet is a lightweight bed cover of two pieces of fabric stitched together and filled with down or synthetic fiberfill. Duvet is actually a French word meaning down.

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    Many people use a duvet instead of a top sheet and blanket or bedspread because it is lightweight, warm and makes it simple to use when making a bed look well made for the day. If you use a duvet in direct contact with sleepers, it should have a washable cover much like a pillow case is used to protect a down filled pillow.

    The duvet may only need to be cleaned once or twice a year. However, the duvet comforter should be washed much more often - more like sheets - if used directly on top of a sleeper.

    The covers can be made of cotton, synthetics, wool or silk and have a method of closing over the duvet - a zipper or buttons. The cover should fit snugly over the duvet so there is no shifting or bunching.

    This tight fit can make putting on the cover difficult - especially for one person alone - because of the size of the duvet. But by following these simple directions, the job is simple and can be done quickly.

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    How to Put on a Duvet Cover - Step One

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    For this instruction, I am using two pillowcases to represent the duvet and the duvet cover. The white pillowcase you'll see in a moment is the duvet and the green pillowcase will act as the cover.

    Begin by laying the duvet cover (green pillowcase) flat on the bed or floor with the cover opening facing you at the end of the bed.

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    How to Put on a Duvet Cover - Step Two

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    Fold the duvet cover in half with the opening still facing you at the end of the bed.

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    How to Put on a Duvet Cover - Step Three

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    Fold the duvet cover in half again with the opening still facing you at the bottom of the bed. The duvet cover will now be in quarters.

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    How to Put on a Duvet Cover - Step Four

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    Move the folded duvet cover (green pillowcase) to the side.

    Spread the duvet (white pillowcase)  out smoothly across the bed. Be sure it is laid out in the same direction as the cover if the duvet is not square.

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    How to Put on a Duvet Cover - Step Five

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    Fold the duvet in half. Obviously, the duvet will be much thicker than the pillowcase used in this demonstration. Keep the edges facing you.

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    How to Put on a Duvet Cover - Step Six

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    Fold the duvet in half again. The duvet will now be in quarters and rather thick.

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    How to Put on a Duvet Cover - Step Seven

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    Retrieve the folded duvet cover (green pillowcase) and place on the bed or floor with the opening on top. Slide in the folded duvet (white pillowcase) into the cover opening with the loose corners facing up and lining up with the duvet cover corners.

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    How to Put on a Duvet Cover - Step Eight

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    After the folded duvet (white pillowcase) is inserted into the folded cover (green pillowcase), grasp one corner of duvet and one corner of the cover in your left hand. Repeat with your right hand on the opposite side. Holding firmly, lift both the cover and the duvet off the bed making sure the duvet is sliding down inside the cover.

    Give the cover and the duvet a good shake still holding firmly to the corners. The duvet will easily slide down into the cover.

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    How to Put on a Duvet Cover - Step Nine

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    Still holding the corners firmly and after shaking the two pieces together, lay the duvet and cover down on the bed. Smooth out any wrinkles and button or zip the cover and duvet together.

    Enjoy your success!