Easy Step-By-Step Guide: How to Put on a Duvet Cover

duvet cover folded on top of a bed

The Spruce / Jorge Gamboa 

  • Total Time: 1 min
  • Skill Level: Beginner

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

Many people use a duvet instead of a top sheet and blanket or bedspread because it is lightweight and warm. A duvet also simplifies making a bed because you simply smooth it out and fluff the pillows; there's not tucking in multiple layers to deal with (unless you prefer to use a top sheet).

For those who like to use a duvet in direct contact with sleepers, it should have a washable cover. The cover is much like a pillowcase that is used to protect a down-filled pillow. The duvet itself may only need to be cleaned once or twice a year. However, the duvet cover should be washed much more frequently, like sheets. if used directly on top of sleepers.

Duvet covers can be made of cotton, synthetics, wool, or silk. Some use zippers, others use buttons to close over the duvet. The cover should fit snugly over the duvet so there is no shifting or bunching while in use. This tight fit can make putting on the cover difficult, especially for one person alone, particularly when working with queen and king-sized duvets. But by following these simple directions, the job can be much easier and can be done quickly.


The Trick to Putting on a Duvet Cover (Without Going Nuts!)

What You'll Need


  • Duvet and cover


  1. Lay out the Duvet Cover

    For clarity, this demonstration shows two pillowcases to represent the duvet and the duvet cover. The white pillowcase is the duvet and the green pillowcase (shown here) represents the duvet cover.

    Begin by laying the duvet cover flat on the bed with the cover opening facing toward you at the end of the bed.

    Duvet cover
  2. Fold the Cover

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

    Duvet cover folded in half
  3. Fold the Cover Again

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

    Duvet cover folded in fourths
  4. Prepare the Duvet

    Move the folded duvet cover to the side.

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

    Duvet laid flat
  5. Fold the Duvet

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

    Duvet folded in half
  6. Fold the Duvet Again

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

    Duvet folded in fourths
  7. Place the Duvet Into the Duvet Cover

    Retrieve the folded duvet cover (green pillowcase) and place it on the bed with the opening on top and facing toward you. Slide the folded duvet (white pillowcase) into the cover opening with the loose corners facing up and lined up with the duvet cover corners.

    Duvet and cover insertion
  8. Shake to Slide

    Grasp the loose corner of the duvet and the loose 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.

    Still holding firmly to the corners, give the cover and the duvet a good shake. The duvet will easily slide down into the cover.

    duvet and cover
  9. Smooth and Fasten

    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.

    cover and duvet