Have you ever felt like it was a wrestling match between you and a doona cover?
You’re not alone. I’ve also been tangled in a doona dilemma, which made a simple task into an epic battle of wills.
But what if I told you that putting on a doona cover doesn’t have to be a struggle?
Here, we’ll talk about three foolproof ways to conquer your duvet cover – the California roll (aka inside out) method, the traditional method and the duo approach.
Why a Properly Covered Doona Matters
First things first, there are many ways to refer to a doona, including “quilt” or “duvet”.
I will use these terms interchangeably throughout the blog, so I hope that’s clear!
Now, on to the important stuff. Why bother with a perfectly covered doona?
It’s not just about the aesthetics; a properly covered doona is essential for maintaining and keeping it clean.
You can keep your doona free from dust mites, stains and spills.
Using a doona cover also means keeping your blankets and bedding cleaner for a longer time.
Of course, changing covers doesn’t mean you shouldn’t wash your doona every now and then.
Step-By-Step Guide to Put on a Doona Cover
The California Roll Method (aka Inside Out Method or Burrito Method)
Let’s start with a popular technique named after the most popular sushi roll – the California roll.
First, turn your quilt cover inside out and lay it on the bed.
Make sure the duvet cover opening is at the foot of your bed.
Next, place your doona on top of the inverted quilt cover and check that each corner is perfectly aligned.
Here’s the fun part – start at the closed end and tightly roll the doona and cover together like a sushi roll or burrito.
When you reach the end, wrap the duvet cover opening around the doona’s ends, turning the cover inside out.
Fasten the insert to the cover if it has buttons or clips so your doona doesn’t move around in the cover.
After you have inverted the cover (or turned it inside out on the open end), gently unroll the whole thing.
Straighten the duvet insert inside as you unroll, so it’s evenly distributed and not crumpled inside the quilt cover.
Your doona should now be perfectly nestled inside its cover!
The Traditional Method
For those who prefer the classic way, the traditional method to put on a duvet cover is straightforward.
Put your duvet insert or doona flat on your bed.
Then turn your duvet cover inside out and spread it over your doona.
Check that all four corners are lined up nicely, and fasten your doona to the duvet cover if it has clips or buttons.
After securing the doona or comforter inside, grab the top corners of your doona and quilt cover at the opening (foot of your bed).
Slowly lift and flip the doona cover on the right side out (or inside out).
Don’t let go of the two corners you’re holding; your duvet insert will slide into the cover, and you’ll have to start over.
Keep holding the quilt cover as you guide the duvet insert inside it.
Give it a good shake until the cover falls into place, then button or zip up the doona cover.
The Duo Approach
If you have a helper, this method works wonders on putting on duvet covers quickly.
While one person holds the quilt cover open, the other places the doona inside.
Think of it as helping the other person put a shirt on.
Make sure the corners match, and then gently shake it to settle everything into place.
Secure the fastenings and flatten out your covered duvet on your bed.
Doona’t Let Your Duvet Cover Beat You
So, the next time you face off with a doona cover, remember these simple techniques.
No more wrestling or tangles – just a quick, easy process that leaves you with a perfectly dressed bed.
Of course, if you hire a house cleaner, you can ask them to take care of your laundry and re-making the bed for you instead.
Here’s to peaceful bed-making and winning small battles in our everyday lives.