Experts explain how to keep your bedding in place.

By Nashia Baker
January 28, 2021
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A comfortable bed is oftentimes made up of a myriad of cozy components, from supportive pillows to a soft duvet. And while the latter might seem like an optional piece of bedding (especially since you can purchase a patterned comforter, no cover needed), many believe that a duvet is actually the piece that brings it all together. "It is an integral part of the bed for warmth, comfort, and a weighted layer," Leeta Steenwyk, the design director at Bella Notte, says. Not to mention, these pieces (and their covers) are simpler to care for in the long run. "People like duvet covers because they are much easier to clean than a comforter," says David Contract, the marketing team lead at Duvaid. "Plus, they add style to your bedroom."

While the duvet clearly has its perks, there is one common, pesky issue many owners experience: it slips. Thankfully, there are several ways to make sure this doesn't happen. Keep reading for expert-approved ways to make sure your duvet stays in place for good.

Slippery Slope

This particular piece of bedding often shifts because of a poor fit. "The duvet cover should fit the duvet well," Steenwyk says. "If it is too large, the duvet can shift around inside the cover." She adds that if the fabric of the duvet is too tight or slippery (this is common if the material is synthetic), then it is also bound to slip. Contract notes that even the act of putting a duvet and its cover together contributes to the problem. "When you're pulling the duvet cover over the insert, nothing is holding the top corners of the insert and cover in place, so they easily slide," he adds. "Most people's arm spans aren't long enough to hold the top corners in place when you slide the duvet cover down, which contributes to the shifting."

Ties, Loops, and Accessories

Nell Diamond, the founder and CEO of Hill House Home, advises buying a cover and insert with ties—this should immediately solve your problem. "You can tie your insert to the cover while you make your bed, and avoid messy bunching all night!" she explains. "They keep your bed looking and feeling freshly made even after a night of tossing and turning." Steenwyk suggests looking for covers that include snaps or loops that can attach to the duvet (this will help you put the duvet into the cover correctly, too). "In the morning, I hold the top corners of the duvet through the cover to square it up and give it a good shake," she adds. "Everything falls back into place and it freshens the duvet at the same time." Or, you can simply buy an attachment that keeps the insert in place—like a Duvaid ($25, duvaid.com)—so it won't slip when you pull a cover over it.

Comments (1)

Anonymous
July 5, 2021
$25 for a device to keep the duvet inside the duvet cover? Give your head a shake! I simply use four strong rubber bands and fasten the four corners in place. The system works perfectly and no hard corners to hit me in the head like the plastic knob type sometimes do when I flip up the duvet in the middle of the night. Sorry, Martha, this is bad advice. People do know to lay the inside-out duvet cover on the bed and put the duvet flat on top of it, right? That's the easy (European) way to change the cover.