Pressing Issue -- Do Your Duvet Cover Buttons Go at the Head or Foot of the Bed?

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With all the urgent matters happening around us, foreclosures, short sales, bank failures, the economic and housing crisis, fires, terrorists, crazy Wal-Mart shoppers, I'd like to take a break and ask the question that some of you may not have even realized is an important factor in your day-to-day pursuit of love, work and happiness.

Where do the duvet cover buttons go -- at the head or foot of the bed?where buttons go on duvet cover

My housekeeper announced to me last week that I've been making the bed wrong. In fact, for 20-some years, apparently, I've been shaking out the duvet and pulling the end with the buttons up to the headboard. "You silly, Americans," she laughed.

I asked my friend Rose Mary which end of the bed the buttons belong. She replied without hesitation. The head of the bed.

Then I asked Valerie. She scoffed. The foot of the bed.

Now, I realize that one can make their own bed any way one wants. One can turn the duvet cover inside out if one so desires. This is America. It doesn't really matter which end of the bed has the buttons. Well, except for the fact that I sometimes pull them off when I sleep.

So, I Googled it.

If any of you care, the answer is the buttons go at the foot of the bed. Wow. I honestly did not know. Just goes to show you can learn something new every day.

I now return you to thinking about how 10 terrorists can seize a city of 18 million people for three days straight.

Elizabeth Weintraub Land Park Real Estate Agent in Sacramento

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Missy Caulk
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Ha, I never knew either and have made it both ways over the years. Now I know...............never thought about Googling it.

November 30, 2008 01:45 PM #7
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Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
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I'm not sure I knew that we had buttons on any of my covers. I'll look and if they are there I will tell my wife of my new found knowledge.

November 30, 2008 03:16 PM #8
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Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
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It was a new word for me, so I also went to Google and figured that we have these animals at home and in winter my wife even gets it out of the closet and claims that it is hold (looking at the calendar) and some how survives under it, while we still usually have air conditioner.

But as for the buttons, she knows does it the right way, or so she said. This winter, if she gets it, I will look.

November 30, 2008 05:15 PM #9
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Steve Shatsky
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Hi Elizabeth... Now I feel like the past 43 years of my life, I have been living a lie!  LOL, who knew?

November 30, 2008 05:46 PM #10
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Janice Roosevelt
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OMG_ I was just wondering this last week as I had washed my cover. Mine has a zipper though so I thought that shouldgo at the end of the bed. I am still trying to sort out the ties that are inside the duvet cover- but I am using them to tie the corner of the comforter itself when putting it all back together - yes, life can be so complicated :)

November 30, 2008 06:10 PM #11
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Oh my word, I have been chucking at this for a while now (LOL). Thank you! I needed that laugh. :-)

November 30, 2008 06:16 PM #12
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Okay, Elizabeth, if you referred to my daughter does that mean she's really smart?  Even though she hadn't figured out the camera yet?  I didn't know what a duvet was.  It's for the younger set!  LOL

November 30, 2008 06:24 PM #13
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Hey Colleen: You know what you need? Duvet cover clips. They hold the edges in place so it doesn't wad up into a ball!

Oh, Tom, I forgot that you sleep in the barn.

Fred: You either have buttons or a zipper or you don't have a duvet cover.

Hi Bill: Oh, you mean that obsessive - compulsive guy? I bet he would pull off the buttons in his sleep, too.

Hi Missy: Well, it had been bugging me ever since the housekeeper mentioned it. The main problem I'm having with flipping the thing around is the bottom of the duvet cover has a lot of cat hair, spittfhhh.

Hi Terry: Maybe you don't have buttons. Maybe you have a zipper?

Hi Jon: Just ask your wife which way the buttons go. My housekeeper is from Russia, and if she knows, I bet your wife knows.

Hi Steve: Welcome to the club. I never knew either.

Hi Janice: I read something about the ties but I can't remember what it said. It would make sense that they are for tying down the corners, though.

Hi C: Things that go bump in the night make you laugh.

Hi Barbara: Yup, your daughter is brilliant. And she was right. I don't think duvet covers are for the younger set, though, because they've been around longer than I've been alive.

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November 30, 2008 06:41 PM #14
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Margaret Oscilia
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Lets see -- are the buttons so beautiful you want to show them off -- put them at the bottom.  Does the fabric bunch up and look like it needs to be ironed -- put them at the top under the pillows!  If they are at the top are they bumping you in the night as you pull up the covers . . .

such hard decisions!

November 30, 2008 06:50 PM #15
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Mike Saunders
Lanier Partners - Athens, GA

I didn't even know duvet covers had buttons.

November 30, 2008 07:34 PM #16
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Elizabeth - well, I asked her. You know what she said? "You, silly man..."

She then said that of course at the foot. She then said (and I did not check it) that the tag on those should be at the foot, so check the tag.

Now, do not get me wrong, but if the tag is not there, Olga is still right, That's how life goes.

November 30, 2008 07:49 PM #17
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Hi Margaret: I think if the fabric bunched up and looked like it needed to be ironed that one would iron it. Or take it to the dry cleaners.

Hi Mike: Most of them have buttons but some don't. They have to have an opening though, otherwise, you couldn't stuff the duvet inside.

Hi Jon: Hahahhahaha. Well, I believe your wife is right. And your wife is always right in your house because I have a sneaky suspicion that you thoroughly understand the concept that if mama ain't happy, nobody is happy. LOL.

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November 30, 2008 08:10 PM #18
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Lauren Krady Lancaster
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I have always put them at the end of the bed, who knew I was actually right! It just bothered me to think they were at the top ;)

December 01, 2008 08:06 AM #19
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Yep... the buttons go at the end of the bed... just like the tag on the matress... at the foot of the bed, in order to be away from your hands, face, etc... (can you imagine waking up in the a.m. with a nice button imprint in the middle of your forehead?)

I can't take credit for knowing the answer to this on my own... my wife explained it all to me when we first married... in great detail and clarity.  She knows everything, about everything... just ask her! :-)

December 01, 2008 08:09 AM #20
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For years, Lauren, I folded the duvet cover back from the pillows because I thought it was attractive. But the buttons are actually more attractive at the bottom.

Hey Alan: You can tear off that mattress tag you know. Just like the tags under your dining room chairs that say "do not remove." Trust me, you can remove them.

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December 01, 2008 09:44 AM #21
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Elizabeth - I do, with or without the Bible

I am very surprised by two things:

1. How you managed to interest that many people in a subject that far from the political scene and the terrorist scene.

2. How I managed to get interested in the subject... you know the rest.

December 01, 2008 01:19 PM #22
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Elizabeth,

I am right for the first time ever!  My wife has always made the bed with them at the headboard and I at the footboard.  She may still believe I am wrong, but I feel so much better...

December 01, 2008 05:36 PM #23
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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Elizabeth - Only once did I have a duvet.  The material was slick, and I must say, it ended up more on the floor, than with the buttons at any particular end. 

My grand daughter just walked by - She thought a Duvet was a critter of some sort, and you were wondering what end it's belly button belonged???  We must excuse her, she's only 5.

December 01, 2008 11:13 PM #24
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Elizabeth... I know you can tear off "that" tag... (I have an uncle doing 5-10 @ Joliet for doing that)... but I was talking about the label that's permanently affixed to the bed... right on the sleeping surface, that would come into contact with your feet.  It starts face down, but when you flip the bed... if it's at the head... you feel it with your hands under the pillows... if it's at the foot... you can feel it with your feet through the sheets... (or at least I can, since I'm taller than the wife)...

December 02, 2008 07:47 AM #25
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Hey Jon Zolsky: You're right -- I do write about goofy things sometimes; however, as you can see, writing about what's on the top of your head often resonates with people. OK, maybe I just like to believe it does.

Hi Jon Merker: Isn't it nice to be right now and then? See, now you can smirk and say, "Silly American."

Hi Myrl: Perhaps you simply need a different type of duvet cover material and to get your granddaughter her very own turtle for a pet.

Hi Alan: You're assuming that one flips the mattress. I have a Select Comfort, which means the mattress is never flipped.

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December 02, 2008 08:25 AM #26
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