The Secret Trick for Putting on a Duvet Cover with Zero Effort

Also: What on earth is a duvet cover, anyway?

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For some, making a bed is a simple process. There's the fitted sheet, the top sheet, the blanket, and it's time to snooze. But for others, making a bed is an hourlong event—some might say a form of art—that involves all those things and more. There's the bed skirt, the quilt, the throw pillows, and, finally, the duvet and the duvet cover.

If you find yourself in the first group, we're guessing your knowledge of bed linens is probably limited. And so you've probably wondered: What is a duvet cover? In the world of bedding, it's the one piece that elicits the most questions.

Here's the quick answer: A duvet cover is to a comforter (otherwise known as a duvet) what a pillowcase is to a pillow. It allows for more easy cleaning and protects your duvet from, well, everything. If you spill a drop coffee onto a duvet cover, you can simply slip it off, throw it in the washer, and slip it back on—which is way easier than lugging a bulky down comforter to the dry cleaner and hoping for the best.

A duvet cover also allows you the freedom to easily switch up the decor of a room. That means if you're looking to have a breezier space for summer, you can swap out a warmer colored duvet cover for a lighter one.

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A classic duvet.

Part of the confusion around duvet covers probably stems from the fact that there are both duvets and duvet covers. A duvet is essentially a comforter, and it is typically white and filled with down. The photo above shows a basic example of a duvet. More classic comforters, on the other hand, are more frequently associated with patterns and colors. Fortunately, you can use your duvet cover (that's an orange one, shown below) on either—so long as your comforter's color doesn't show through.

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An orange duvet cover.

One duvet-cover drawback is that they're typically a massive hassle to get on. Here's a simple trick from the experts at luxury bedding company Crane & Canopy for doing it in a minute or less.

Spread your duvet over your bed and flip your duvet cover inside-out. Once it's inside-out, find the left and right corners of the narrow side. Hold the corners in your hands and bring them to the corresponding left and right corners of the duvet. Shake the duvet cover down a few inches until the cover flips right-side out and rolls down the duvet. From there, it's smooth sailing. Roll the duvet cover down the entirety of the duvet. Once you're done, zip or snap it up and you're good to go.

So there you have it: A duvet cover is a protective sheath for either a comforter or a duvet, and you can wash and change it as much as you'd like—especially if you know the simple trick for getting the cover back on effortlessly. To try a duvet cover of your own, check out one of these options here.

Juliana LaBianca
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