How to Fold a Fitted Sheet – 3 Easy Ways!

Have you ever wondered how to properly fold a fitted sheet? Fitted sheets are one of those glorious inventions…but they are a pain to fold. Let alone making it look nice in the linen closet. Follow this easy tutorial on how to fold a fitted sheet, complete with a time-lapse video of how I fold my sheet sets so they look neat on the shelf.

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I used to think folding fitted sheets was the bane of my existence. It felt like an impossible task to get those scrunched up corners folded into a nice, neat square. 

Have you ever been tempted to just ball up those pesky fitted sheets and throw them in the back of the closet? No? Just me?

Well, as crazy as it sounds, there are ways to fold a fitted sheet! And, once you get the hang of it, it’s not too hard.

After some trial and error, I found a few quick and easy ways to fold a fitted sheet. Here are three methods.

Start with Washed Sheets

This may seem like an obvious suggestion, but folding up stinky sheets is always going to be one of those tasks you look back and wish you would have done earlier. Making sure that you have clean, washed sheets that are ready for guests at a moment’s notice gives you peace of mind.

You can also keep your sheets smelling nice by putting a dryer sheet between the layers as you store them.

How to Fold Sheet Sets Together

This is the way that I personally fold my fitted sheets so that the fitted sheet is folded inside of the flat sheet. I love folding them together this way because I never have to search around for the other part of the sheet set.

But the best part of folding your sheets this way is that your sheets always look crisp and clean because the fitted sheet is folded inside the flat sheet.

Watch the video below to find out how I do it!

Fold a Fitted Sheet on a Flat Surface

First things first, lay your sheet out on a flat surface. 

Then you’ll want to take the two corners on one end and fold them up and into the corners on the opposite side. 

It doesn’t really matter whether you fold it in half lengthwise or widthwise here, just make sure the seams align. (I usually fold mine widthwise first, but just go with whatever works best for you!)

Now, with two corners enveloped in the other two, fold your sheet again to make it into a narrow rectangle. 

If you folded it lengthwise first, then you can just fold it in half again. But if you went widthwise then you’ll want to fold it into thirds, so fold each side over the middle section. 

Finally, fold that rectangle into a square! 

Just fold the left side over the middle section and the right side over that. Now you have a neatly folded fitted sheet instead of a messy bundle.

Not too bad, right?

Fold Your Fitted Sheets Standing Up

If bending over a flat surface like the floor or a bed isn’t feasible, here’s another method you can try. 

First, flip the sheet inside out and hold it up by two corners of the same side. I usually use a shorter side for this. 

Put your hands in each corner and bring your right hand to your left, folding the corner in your right hand over the one in your left so the corner in your right hand is now right side out. 

Next, you’ll need to readjust where you’ll holding. 

Keep your left hand in that pocket you just made, but turn your sheet so you’re holding the bottom corner with your right hand. 

Then just fold it in half again, tucking the corner in your left hand into your right like you did before.

Now you can fold it into a narrow rectangle. Fold it lengthwise, with both sides folding in over the middle section. 

Once you have that rectangle, you can easily fold it down into a crisp square like in the first method.

And that’s how you fold a fitted sheet!

A few tips… 

If you don’t want wrinkly sheets, it’s best to fold them right when the sheets come out of the dryer. I know it’s tempting to leave your laundry sitting in the dryer for a few hours (trust me, I’ve been there), but if you want a nice, crisp finish then it’s best to fold them when they are still warm and smooth.

Also, remember to pat or smooth down the sheet between each fold. This will help get any wrinkles or bunches out of the sheets and will leave you with a much neater result. 

Using either method will keep your sheets tidy and your linen closet nice and orderly. Plus, you won’t lose any more battles with your fitted sheets, which is the best bonus of all!

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