How to fold a fitted sheet?

by Dede

Can someone tell me how to fold a fitted sheet so that it fits nicely in my linen closet?

  30 answers
  • Terri Terri on Jan 26, 2018

    Fold the sheets and put them in the pillow case, Then fold the pillowcase underneath. If you need to, secure with a safety pine. After a few tries you will be able to fold them evenly so they stack nicely!

  • Lsherbach Lsherbach on Jan 26, 2018

    Hold the sheet lengthwise. Fold one corner over the other. Tuck the remaining corners in. Shake the sheet, then smooth it out.

    Fold the sheet so that it that lines up with the border created by the fitted sections.

    Fold the sheet into thirds or quarters.

    And then put the coordinating flat sheet and pillow cases inside the fold

    Store with the fold facing out in your linen closet.

  • Cindy Ptak Cindy Ptak on Jan 26, 2018

    Fold the whole sheet set as best you can, except for one pillowcase. Place the entire set of sheets inside it, wrap excess fabric underneath the pillowcase and, voila! You have your set all together and it doesn't look messy and it will fit better in your closet or wherever you store it.

  • Ken Erickson Ken Erickson on Sep 23, 2019

    I just wash, dry, and put them back on the bed. icon However, if you want to fold them, you need to put corner pockets into each other (folded in half) and then lay the sheet flat onto a bed. Fold the sheet as needed.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Sep 23, 2019

    I fold mine very similar to the way Mogie posted. However, I fold it on the bed rather than the floor. Once I get it folded to step 5, I fold the flat sheet and pillowcases and put all pieces together. Then proceed to fold. That enables me to have all pieces together when I change the sheets. You can also hold out 1 pillowcase and place all pieces inside which will provide a smooth look.

  • Shay Johnson Shay Johnson on May 02, 2018

    I tuck each corner into each end. lay flat and fold in on each side. Then fold again and Bam! it's done.

  • Jan Elliott Jan Elliott on May 02, 2018

    Fold in half, tuck corners onto opposite corner, flatten out side netween curved corners, then fold sheet the other direction so both sets of corners meet. It will be a little wonkey at the end, but continue folding the same direction-meeting the longer sides, and again. Turn the pile over so the curved corners are on top.Then bring the bottom edge up to the top. Should be pretty square. Helps if 2 people fold it together. I can picture it in my head as I go, but not sure I explained it well.

  • Dfm Dfm on Nov 06, 2017

    you have to get all four corners to nestle together. then roll.

  • DesertRose DesertRose on Nov 06, 2017

    I was taught to fold the sheet in half and tuck the fitted corner into the matching fitted corner. Then fold it in half again and fit all the corners together inside. The finish folding it as usual. Also put the top sheet folded, the folded fitted and other pillow case all inside the 2nd case to keep everything together stacked in one pillow case on the linen closet shelf

  • Joy30150932 Joy30150932 on Nov 06, 2017

    Put the corners together and then straighten out on a table. Then fold from side to side and then into three sections. Fits nicely into cupboards this way.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Oct 20, 2017

    My mom tried to teach me, but I never really got the hang of it. She started by putting the elastic ends into each other and folding the sides in to give you sharper corners to work with. I hope this helps a little bit.

  • 27524803 27524803 on Oct 20, 2017

    There is a really good video on Youtube that shows how..

    After I get my king fitted folded in the final thirds... I roll it and store it (and all my sheets) in a dresser drawer

  • Amanda Amanda on Oct 20, 2017

    Hello. There is a way to fold fitted sheets. I fold them in half tucking the corners into each other. I then fold both sides in so they meet in the middle. Then I do the same with the short side. I hope this makes sense it is hard to explain. Here is a link to a video I found of how to do it.

  • Lisa S. Lisa S. on Oct 20, 2017

    I fold the elastic sections into each other, then fold up small. I then fold the pillow cases. I fold the flat sheet lengthwise, and fold up the fitted and pillow cases into the flat sheet - making a very tight package.

  • 17335038 17335038 on May 01, 2021

    What I have found helps a great deal to fold a fitted sheet into a neat square is to remove it from the dryer immediately when the cycle ends. The trick is to remove the sheet and fold it inside its elasticized corners while the fabric is still warm and before the fibres cool down to the shape that the sheet is rumpled in.

  • Sal3170064 Sal3170064 on Jan 19, 2017

    Put your hand in one corner, then add another corner on top and then the other corners. Now you should be able to fold them easier.

  • Joan Joan on Jan 20, 2017

    I fold it as best possible and put the flat sheet, pillowcases, and fitted sheet into one of the pillowcases. It's all in one nice package, no one will ever see it, and everything stays together. Life's too short to fold fitted sheets :)

  • Barbara James Barbara James on Jan 26, 2018

    Hang 2 corners on 2 dining chairs that you have spaced them to fit the sheet. Fold the other 2 corners over the first 2 corners and fold all 4 corners together and fold.

  • Emily Emily on Jan 26, 2018

    I have a large work table and I do pretty much what Barbara says, except on my work table. But with the new deep pockets of fitted sheets, they never look very neat. And I iron mine.

  • Virginia Virginia on Jun 14, 2017

    1. Make the fitted sheet so the wrong side corners cuff out.

    2. Put a finger inside one cuff where the seam point is. Do the same for the matching side cuff on the long side.

    3. Bring your fingers together and flip one cuff over the other so that wrong sides match.

    4. Repeat steps 1-3 for the remaining two matching corners.

    5. Again put your fingers into the doubled corners and repeat 1-3. You will end up with a quartered bedsheet with an "L" on two sides. This is good.

    6. Encourage the "L" to lie flat and straighten the long side to parallel the top edge of the sheet, and the short edge is to the side.

    7. Fold down the long part of the "L" over the short end by the width of the long end of the "L" to "lock" the short end in place.

    8. You can now fold the fitted sheet from the short end of the "L" in any way you please.

  • Oliva Oliva on Jan 13, 2019


    Lay the sheet on a bed or large table, top side down.

    Place your hand in the corners to create equally sized "pockets", while insuring the middle sections of fabric in between the corners are folded down to the same size as the depth of the "pockets".

    Fold the bottom pockets up and place them atop the top pockets.

    Straighten the edges, then continue folding in the same direction until sheet measures about 12" wide. Fold once more, then fold the sheet from long side to long side until it measures about 6" in length. Sheets can then be stood "on edge" in a drawer, facilitating easy identification by style, color, etc. Because nothing is stored on top, no "straightening'" of sheet stacks is required.

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Jan 31, 2022

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  • I just redid my entire linen closet and wrestled with the sheets myself. I found that having a large flat surface like my bed to work on made it easier. I tucked the corners into one another, smoothed them down with some pressure and then folded the sheet as I normally would.

  • Deb K Deb K on Mar 04, 2022

    Hi Dede, hope this great video helps you out,

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Aug 05, 2022

    Follow demo's online. Hold corners of sheet ( two at each hand) Shake. Fit all together then fold.

  • Marty Ayers Marty Ayers on Feb 07, 2023

    Just remember... they NEVER will fold as nicely as when you take them from the original package. Lots of videos on how to do it and they will work. I keep my sheets in an old dresser, with somewhat shallow drawers, and I roll the sheets, fitted alone and flat with the pillow cases inside the folds... this also works if you store them in a cubbyhole like storage space.

  • Dee Dee on Dec 04, 2023

    The burning question from everyone. Especially those with a king sized bed. I finally gave up trying for perfect. I roll mine up to fit in a pillow case.

  • Betsy Betsy on Jan 04, 2024

    Hi DeeDee: So, I guess you don't like the ball the rest of us has, huh? : ) Well, what you do is to take the bottom edges and fit them into each other and do the same with the top edges. Then, you will have a long sort of 1/2 sheet. Fold that in half towards the edges that are fit into each other and about 3" over them. Then, fold the entire thing in 1/2, bottom to top and fold again in 1/2 and stick it into a pillowcase. Fold the top sheet and put that into the pillowcase and, if there is another pillowcase, fold that and put it in there, too. Now you will have an entire set in 1 pillowcase, and it won't look like a ball. Really, that's what I do and no sheet balls :)