Putting a cover on a comforter or duvet insert is a workout, especially if you are doing it on your own.
There is a simple hack circulating online that makes dressing a bed much easier, and we couldn’t wait to give it a try. The ‘bedding burrito’ tip uses just four easy steps to get a cover on without having to waft your arms and bed sheets around and break a sweat.
Here, the founder of luxury bedding company Piglet in Bed, Jessica Hanley explains her step-by-step guide for acing the bedding burrito hack.
Jessica Hanley founded Piglet in Bed in 2017, and the company has since expanded to the US. Their collection of low-maintenance 100% stonewashed linen bedding is created for timeless spaces, keeping cozy, and styling beds sustainably.
The bedding burrito hack
It may sound strange, but the results of this home hack are seriously satisfying. The good news? It is far easier than rolling up an actual burrito – or, we certainly think so anyway.
The experts at Piglet in Bed have shown us how it is done:
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1. Lay the cover and insert flat on your bed
'If you find making beds a tedious, time-consuming chore, this bed-making hack will cut the time in half, so you can sink into your swoon-worthy bed in no time! Start by laying the duvet cover inside out, and then lay your duvet insert on top,' explains Jessica Hanley, founder of Piglet in Bed.
When setting up your cover, ensure that the opening of the cover is at the bottom of your bed and is left undone. The insert or comforter should then be lined up with the corners and edges with the cover beneath. If your cover is slightly larger or smaller, this may be a little difficult, but try to center the insert as best you can.
2. Roll them together – starting at the top
'Then, starting from the top of the duvet, begin to wrap the duvet cover inside the duvet and wrap all the way to the end just like a ‘burrito’ shape,' Jessica continues.
The cover should be visible now, encompassing your comforter or insert.
3. Fold the cover over the edges of the roll
Arguably the hardest part of the hack (although admittedly it is not that difficult at all) is flipping the cover over the edge of your bedding roll.
Once you have rolled the bedding down to the bottom of your bed, reach into the opening of your cover and grab the bottom corner. With your hand still in the cover, grab the end of the roll with the same hand before inverting the cover, pulling the end of the over the end of the roll, and pushing the roll inside. 'Once you're done, button up the bottom of the duvet to prevent the insert from escaping' reminds Jessica Hanley.
The exposed end of the roll should now be encompassed in the cover (which appears the right way around rather than inside out). Do this on both sides of the duvet or comforter.
4. Unroll the burrito from bottom to top
Once the two ends have been covered, all there is to do is unroll the burrito back up from the bottom of your bed to the top. Holding the bottom of the cover and the insert in place, start to unroll the bedding up towards your pillows. If you have done it right, then the cover should now be fully on the comforter/insert, and be the right way around rather than inside out.
'Hold onto the sides and shake the duvet out, and you're done!' Jessica says.
We have rounded up some of the best places to buy bedding for a luxury-looking – and feeling – space:
This Midnight Stripe duvet cover is made from super soft 100% stonewashed linen. Linen keeps you cozy and warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Available in several versatile colors, the distributor, Machado Linen Mill, claims they're one of the most sought-after wedding gifts in Portugal.
This cloudlike down comforter is available in three warmth levels.
Should a duvet cover be larger than a comforter?
When picking a cover for your comforter or duvet insert, the cover should either be two inches smaller or two inches larger than the filler – depending on whether you want a more stuffed or relaxed look. Using a cover slightly smaller will help to make your bedding look a little plumper, and can help prevent the insert from slipping around inside during the night. Going larger, however, will allow for a more relaxed look – perfect for 100% linen.
If you don't have a duvet insert in your bedding collection, then it may be worth investing in one. Not only do these comfortable additions help to keep a bedroom warm without heating, but they are often more hygienic too. It is a lot easier to wash bed sheets than it is to wash a comforter and dry a comforter each week.
Does a duvet cover go over a comforter?
A comforter is typically ready to use upon purchase and does not require a cover. A duvet insert, on the other hand, usually does require a duvet cover to use in bed. The idea of a cover is that the thinner material is easier and more practical to launder each week than a whole comforter, making your bed a little more hygienic (so long as you will refresh your duvet insert every so often too).
If you want to change up the look of your bedroom or want to try out a duvet cover to make laundry easier, then you could put a duvet cover onto a comforter in the same way you would a duvet insert.
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Chiana has been at Homes & Gardens for a year, having started her journey in interior journalism as part of the graduate program. She spends most of her time producing content for the Solved section of the website, helping readers get the most out of their homes through clever decluttering, cleaning, and tidying tips – many of which she tests and reviews herself in her home in Lancaster to ensure they will consistently deliver for her readers and dabbles in the latest design trends. She also has a first-class degree in Literature from Lancaster University.
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