First, pleeeeease excuuuuuuse Martin's extremely creased polo shirt in the photos you are about to see. If you can't stand creased clothing (or similarily creased duvet covers for that matter) please look away and come back another day. These photos were taken on Saturday morning and this is the wrinkled state we are all in on the weekends.
I have been meaning to post about how to best put on a duvet cover for a long time and Jacueline's question the other day prompted me to finally take some photos of how I do it.
I learned this method in 1985 when I was working on a cruise ship/ferry between Sweden and Finland. I did odd jobs there during one summer and continued on until fall just before I started working at IKEA. One of the jobs I had was as cabin attendant which meant I showed passengers to their cabins and then after they left the ship the next morning I took the sheets off the beds and put new ones on. I have made my fair share of beds you see and this method really is so simple and quick.
Launder your duvet covers inside out. This is the key to put them on quickly!
Stick arms inside the bottom opening of duvet cover and grab the top corners with your hands.
Pick up your duvet with hands still inside cover and hold on to those corners to.
Flip the whole package right way out and shake ( Shake it Martin, shake it!!!) and the cover will slide over the duvet like magic.
Almost there. If these were cruise ship covers you'd be done by now because the opening on them was from side to side at the bottom without stitching on the sides. Ours have stitiching to prevent everything from sliding out at the bottom as we want ours to stay on for more than one night usually.
Let go of the top of the duvet and cover and instead pick up one of the bottom corners, cover in left hand and duvet in right and put the duvet corner in place inside of the cover corner. Repeat on other side. I usually toss the whole thing on the bed at this point but as Martin models this works too.
That's Mini you're spotting down at the bottom in some of the shots by the way. She helped. A lot.
Edit: Here's a tutorial on how to paint the pattern. Thanks Courtney!