You’re not alone if you have trouble with how to fold a fitted sheet. While rolling it up may appear to be the quickest option, carefully folding your sheet simply takes seconds and will help keep you organized and your bed wrinkle-free.
Over the past few years, fiber scientists have evaluated hundreds of bed sheets, which means we have to fold fitted sheets over and over (and over) again to keep our Lab neat.
The all-around elastic borders make it more difficult to fold than a flat sheet, but once you’ve mastered it, you’ll never go back to rolling it in a ball.
For many people, folding a fitted sheet is like solving a puzzle wrapped in cloth. The elastic edges and corners appear to have their minds, making it a difficult task.
But don’t be alarmed! You can master the skill of folding a fitted sheet like a pro with a little patience and these seven simple steps.
How to Fold a Fitted Sheet (Step-by-Step Guide)
Follow the steps outlined below to help you learn how to fold a fitted sheet perfectly;
Step 1: Start With a Wrinkle Free Sheet
To avoid creases, fold your fitted sheets as soon as they come out of the dryer. Folding sheets as soon as they come out of the dryer is advised, despite the urge to put them off.
Using one of these techniques to fold fitted sheets while they’re still warm helps to minimize wrinkles and makes handling them easier.
Try using a steamer or an iron to smooth them before folding if you let them sit for an extended period.
Step 2: Drape the Sheet Over Your Hands and Flip
Whichever way you decide to fold fitted sheets, you’ll need a level surface to complete the task. To finish it, make sure you have a clean bed or table.
Hold the fitted sheet in each top corner with one hand. You should have the elastic band facing you.
Grip the sheet corners and flip only the top two corners inside out so that the elastic edge of the fitted sheet is facing away from you. The bottom two corners’ elastic edges will still be facing you.
Step 3: Bring the Top Corners Together and Flip
Turn the sheet so that the top elastic edge is now facing you (and the bottom elastic is facing away).
Put your hands in the top corner pockets and clasp them together as if you were clapping in front of you. Both top corners should be in contact. Flip one of the upper corners over.
Never hesitate to seek assistance to complete a task. Using a second pair of hands can be helpful because not everyone’s arms can reach all corners with ease.
Until the fitted sheet is small enough for one person to handle, have a partner stand opposite you and replicate your process.
Step 4: Create a Pocket With the Bottom Corners
While keeping the top corners together with one hand, bring the two bottom corners together with the other. Insert your hand between the two bottom corners of the pocket.
Flip the bed sheet over 180 degrees. (Tuck the gathered edges of your folded sheet into each other.)
Step 5: Fold the Sheet in Half
Reposition your grip so that two corners are in your left hand and two in your right, with the folded seam at the bottom and the tucked and gathered elastic facing you. Bring your hands together so that the pockets line up.
Step 6: Flip the Corners
Using one hand, flip the right pocket of corners over the left pocket of corners.
Step 7: Lay the Sheet on the Bed and Fold
Spread the sheet across the bed. Fold the longer part of the curved edge toward the center a few inches to form a straight edge, with the collected edges of elastic facing up.
The sheet should now be in the shape of a rectangle. Fold lengthwise in half, then into thirds.
How to Fold a Sheet Set into a Tidy Package
The following are helpful tips on how to fold sheets into a tidy package to add to the ones we outlined above;
1. The top sheet should be folded
Until the top sheet is marginally bigger than the folded fitted sheet, fold it in half a few times in both the length and width directions.
Place the upper sheet over the fitting sheet in a stack.
2. Fold Pillowcase
Double-fold the first pillowcase by folding it in half lengthwise and then half widthwise. Place atop the folded sheets in a stack.
3. Build a Decorative Package
The second pillowcase should be folded lengthwise in thirds. Take the whole stack of pillowcases and sheets and position it in the middle of the folded pillowcase.
To make a set, wrap the case’s ends around the sheets and tuck them in.
4. Place Sheets in a Basket
Consider placing your mediocre folded sheets in a basket in the linen closet or on the top shelf of your closet if you’ve been folding them and it’s just not your thing.
This will maintain organization while lowering visual clutter. To distinguish different sheet sets from one another, add labels to the front.
Wicker, rattan, and metal baskets should not be used in case the material snags on your linens.
How to Store a Fitted Sheet
You can get closer to having your ideal linen closet by correctly folding your fitted sheet, but there’s still work to be done.
Fold all of your sets, tops, fitted sheets, and pillowcases, and wrap the bundles in a 1 1/2-yard square of Japanese furoshiki-inspired fabric to keep these items (and the rest of your bed linens) neat.
Next, group the sets by room or sheet size using complementary colors, and shelve them all together. Using this method will make it easy to find the linen set you need for a particular area.
Hopefully, by following the steps outlined above, you should be able to fold a fitted sheet without much hassle.