The Best Way to Put the Cover on Your Duvet

First of all, yes – this is not my normal topic!  I normally write about meditation and health, or personal and spiritual growth, or sometimes travel. Things that grow our hearts and minds.

But methods for putting the cover back on your duvet?

Well, here’s the deal. Bed-making is part of real life, and real life is where our hearts get built. It makes my heart happy to know a good way to get my duvet cover back on after I wash it. (If you’ve ever done it, you understand.) And it makes me smile that it involves Lamb Chop.  

So, I thought you might like to try it too!

Now that I think about it, maybe this does come under Travel, since I first discovered how nice duvets are when we were traveling in Central Europe. No messing with sheets and blankets and bedspreads – just the nice fluffy duvet, inside a fresh clean cover. It’s like sleeping in a puffy mitten.

Fur-lined, if you use a flannel cover in the winter, like I do.

It really is a great system. You fluff the duvet in the morning and you’re done. It would be even better to have a window I could hang my duvet out of. With red geraniums in the window box, and lots of sun, with cow bells in the distance.

But I have to admit, putting the duvet cover back on after you wash it can be challenging. Especially if you have a king-sized duvet and like to do it on your own.

Which is why I was so pleased to discover a good way to get the cover back on. You might want to try it, if you find yourself frustrated and muttering when you do it, or if you find you keep putting off washing the cover for one more day…again.

I have discovered the Lamb Chop method.

But first, do you know who Lamb Chop is? You might be too young. If so, or if you just want to remember and smile, check this link.  (You don’t need to watch the whole thing –I just want you to see Lamb Chop. Cute, huh?)

So, now that you know what we’re looking at, here’s the basic Lamb Chop method of duvet cover replacement: make a Lamb Chop with each hand, let each Lamb Chop grab each top corner, and it’s all downhill from there.

OK. Now let’s get technical.

Time to get serious

First, straighten out the duvet, matching corners, finding the seams, smoothing it all out. That way you have clear sense of what you’re dealing with. That’s important because it’s easy to get lost once you start messing with it.

Then put the cover over a chair or something, and lay the duvet on the bed, just like it will be when you’re done. (Incidentally, I want to say how much I appreciate the lines on the duvet’s fabric. Without those, this would all be much harder.)

OK, back to the cover. Slide your hand up the inside of the duvet cover, first the left, then the right, sliding up from the bottom by the seam till you come to the top corner. When you have that corner, make a Lamb Chop, from the outside.   One Lamb Chop at each top corner.  Lamb Chop’s mouth will face inside the duvet.

You might want to say “Hi, Lamb Chop!” out loud when you do it. Makes the whole process more fun. It’s hard to get frustrated when you’re talking to Lamb Chop. It’s like putting on a red nose when you’ve missed the last flight out of Chicago and realize you’re going be sleeping on the airport floor. Gives you a sense of perspective. I know this to be true.

And now, with the hand inside, “feed” Lamb Chop the corner.  You’ll have the top-left corner of the duvet in your left-hand Lamb Chop, and the top right corner in your right-hand Lamb Chop. Then stick each Lamb Chopped corner into the tight space between the mattress and the headboard, one on each side. That keeps the top of the duvet safely held.

And then you just pull the duvet, front and back. Button up the bottom and, voila, you’re done.

It sounds a lot harder than it really is, so you might want to just try it.  And I hope you have fun doing it!