Most days, tucking the corners of our duvet covers in is just too much to handle before a long day at work.
But this morning, we made a special effort because today is National Make Your Bed day.
To celebrate, The Fine Bedding Company has polled the nation to uncover the UK’s top five most popular ways of tackling one of the most challenging household chores….putting on a duvet cover.
The UK’s five most common techniques are:
The Hand Puppet - Turning the duvet cover inside out to flip it over is the most frequently applied technique in UK homes (28% do this).
The Wrestler - Getting inside the duvet cover with the duvet to wrestle it corner to corner is a close second (24% of the UK use this method).
The Recruiter - 19% of the UK makes changing a duvet a two-man job, waiting for someone to help out.
The Clip Method - Using clips or pegs to hold the corners in place was the next most popular method (with 15% of the vote).
The Double Fold - Folding the duvet up and shaking it in (just 5%).
The Hand Puppet
Other more bizarre methods cited included the commando – laying the duvet cover on the floor and crawling up to the top corners commando style with the duvet. Plus the chimney sweep method - where you take two small children give each a corner of the duvet and send them into the cover.
The survey also quizzed more than 2,000 UK British adults about how they learn their bed making techniques and what they think of this domestic chore. It seems putting a duvet cover on is an ‘untaught’ life skill.
The most popular answer was that we learn how to make a bed by observing and mimicking our parents, followed closely by copying what our partner does.
And while we’re lovers of a great night’s sleep, making the bed is one of the most hated household jobs.
In the poll, 87% confessed to changing sheets and pillow cases less frequently than they would like because it is such a pain to put the duvet cover back on.
But according to Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit, by making your bed each morning you’ll get more done and be happier.
He says: “Making your bed every morning is correlated with better productivity, a greater sense of wellbeing, and stronger skills at sticking with a budget.
“It’s not that a family meal or a tidy bed causes better grades or less frivolous spending. But somehow those initial shifts start chain reactions that help other good habits take hold.”