How to Put on a Duvet Cover?

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Did you buy a new duvet? Are you wondering how to put on a duvet cover over the fill properly?

If sleeping on a memory foam mattress feels like floating on a puffy cloud, wait till you fill-up the duvet cover with a duvet or comforter. A duvet provides protection from cold weather, keeps you insulated from insects, keeps moisture away, etc. all while giving you ample freedom of movement. 

However, putting on duvet cover over the fill is the only concern most people have. It’s not that hard, but if not done correctly, it can be messy and tiresome. This post is intended to share with you some necessary information about duvets. Further, we have also shared two of the best ways to put on a duvet cover.

What is a Duvet Cover?

Duvet is a French word for “down.” According to Wikipedia, down is the layer of fine feathers found under the tougher exterior feathers in birds. Traditionally, duvets are packed with bird feathers, silk, or synthetic material having a whisper-soft texture. Just like a pillow is protected by a pillow cover, duvet (or filling) is shielded with a removable duvet cover. 

There is a wide variety of duvet covers available in the market. Depending on your personal preference and the weather conditions in your region, you can pick a duvet cover, either thin or thick. The choice is yours. Some people like to sleep in a cold room. If you are one of these people, you will love to snuggle up with a toasty-warm duvet.

Why Use a Duvet Cover?

There are several good reasons not to sleep directly under a duvet. Before we dive further into this topic, you should know that, usually, a duvet comes with a separate cover. 

This cover protects the filling from falling apart as you are going to be sleeping underneath it every night. Plus, duvets are usually quite expensive, so you don’t want them to wear out earlier than their standard lifespan. 

Further, we understand the reason behind your inquisition. A duvet is just a filling made from baby-soft feathers. Its texture is velvety and smooth. Hence, stuffing this filling in a large cover can be difficult, particularly when you have to do it yourself. 

Most people would instead use it without covers or put an extra bed sheet underneath the duvet — between them and the duvet, that is.  

The Traditional Way to Put on a Duvet Cover

There are two popular ways to put on a duvet cover quickly. Let’s discuss the first one known as the traditional method, as this is how people have been stuffing their duvets in a cover for ages. There is no complexity here. Just follow the steps given below.

1) Place the filling flat on your bed. 

2) Unpack the duvet cover by taking off the velcro tapes. Not all duvet covers have tapes, but some manufacturers provide them to help you keep the cover intact once folded to be stored in a cupboard. 

3) Next, lay the duvet cover on your bed covering the entire filling or the duvet and then swiftly turn only the cover upside down. 

4) Once you have a full view of the interior part of the duvet cover, locate the top two corners of the duvet, grab them with your hands inside the cover.

5) While you grab the two corners of the cover, also locate the two edges of the filling and pull them inside the cover. Shake it well, so the filling slips in smoothly and uniformly.

6) Make sure that all the corners of the duvet cover are in alignment with the mattress. 

7) Pull the zipper or the velcro tapes, so the filling doesn’t hang out. That’s it! You have successfully put on a duvet cover using the traditional method.

The California Roll Way to Put on a Duvet Cover

As we stated above, there is one more way to put on the duvet cover quickly. The method is called the California roll (also known as the Burrito Method). 

We recommend this method to those who wish to put on their duvet cover without having to lift or shake the filling to make it fit inside the cover. Although, putting on a duvet cover with the California roll method takes a few minutes more than the traditional way. 

Here is the step-by-step instruction to put on a duvet cover with the California roll method:

1) Flip the duvet cover inside out and lay it on the mattress or bed sheet (if you prefer to have extra protection for your mattress). Remember not to put the filler first on the bedsheet as we did in the first method. 

2) Once all the corners are aligned, lay the filler on top of the flipped duvet cover. Align all four edges of the filler with those of the duvet cover.  

3) Begin rolling them vertically from one side until the whole thing appears like a log. 

4) The next step is tricky. Locate the open end of the duvet cover and start flipping it over the end. Once the filling is seated inside the cover, pull the zipper on. Then place the whole thing on one side of the bed where your feet go.

5) Start unrolling it upwards. Let the duvet cover take up all the space on the bed. This is how you put on a duvet cover the California roll way.

How to Put on a Duvet Cover by Yourself

It’s great if you can get one of your family members or a roommate to help you out. Both the methods mentioned above of putting on a duvet cover are intended for you to get the job done without needing external help. 

For you to put on the duvet cover all by yourself, we feel the California roll way is the easiest. Plus, you will probably be doing this once a month, so why not try out both methods and find out which is the optimal one for yourself.

How to Put on a Duvet Cover with Buttons or Ties

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Some duvet covers are available with a button enclosure at one end. Now, most people prefer duvet covers with zippers or velcro tapes as they zip along effortlessly, but you need not worry if you have already bought one with button closures. 

After using any one of the methods mentioned above to put on the duvet cover, you will have to spend a couple of minutes buttoning the cover close. Putting on and taking off the filling from the cover with button enclosures may take more time, but they add to the aesthetics of the bedding. Most luxury cotton woven duvet covers — the ones you see in high-end hotels — come with buttons. 

As with the covers with ties, you can easily attach the duvet to cover with bow ties, so it spreads uniformly throughout the surface area of the cover. The primary purpose of the bow tie is to keep the filling perfectly aligned with the corners of the cover. So, once you fill the cover with duvet, make sure to tie up all the knots sufficiently tight.


What’s great about using a separate cover over a duvet is that now you can wash the cover without having to worry about wearing out the duvet with repeated washings. You can clean the duvet once every 30-40 days. 

And knowing the right way to put on and take off the cover will save you needless worry. Why take chances with something that expensive when you can protect your investment by buying a duvet cover?

Let us know if you have any questions regarding any of the two methods mentioned in this post. Comment below, and we will try our best to help you out with it.