Easy Step-By-Step Guide: 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 having 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 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 makes it simple to make the bed because you simply smooth it out and fluff the pillows and you have a bed looking well made for the day.

    For those that 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 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 a sleeper.

    The 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.

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    Step One: Position the Duvet Cover

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    For this instruction, we're using two pillowcases to represent the duvet and the duvet cover. The white pillowcase is the duvet and the green pillowcase will act as the duvet cover.

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

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    Step Two: Fold the Duvet Cover

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

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    Step Three: Make Another Fold in the Duvet Cover

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    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.

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    Step Four: Prepare the Duvet

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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 was positioned if the duvet is not square.

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    Step Five: Fold the Duvet

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    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.

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    Step Six: Fold the Duvet Again

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

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    Step Seven: Place the Duvet Into the Duvet Cover

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

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    Step Eight: Shake to Slide

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    After the folded duvet (white pillowcase) is inserted into the folded cover (green pillowcase), 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.

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    Step Nine: Smooth and Fasten

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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!