How to Fold a Fitted Sheet

Shawna Bailey
by Shawna Bailey
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Ever wonder how to fold a fitted sheet? My mom taught all of us when we were kids, but my friends always ask me how I do it, so I decided to make a quick and easy how-to guide to explain folding a fitted sheet.
Here’s my friend trying to fold a fitted sheet - she's having a really hard time! Instead of watching her suffer through it, I rescued the poor woman and folded up the sheet myself. Here's how!
Step 1: Fold in Half
I folded the sheet in half lengthwise as neatly as possible.

Step 2: Turn the Front Two Corners Inside out
I then took one of the top corners facing me and turned it inside out (just the corner).

Step 3: Tuck the Corners
I took the inside out corner and tucked it into the corner underneath it, making sure to tuck in any of the top and sides that didn’t get tucked with the corners.
Then I did the same thing with the opposite corners, so that I had a tucked edge with the seam on top in a "U" shape facing me.
Once I had the sheet folded like this, I straightened out the creases to get it as flat as possible.

Step 4: Fold It in Thirds Width-Wise
Next I folded my sheet into thirds width-wise, so that it was a long column.
That gave me nice, neat sides, which were already looking much more manageable.

Step 5: Fold It in Thirds Length-Wise
Then I folded the sheet into thirds length-wise to give me a sharp top and bottom edge.
And there you have a perfectly folded fitted sheet! How beautiful does that look?
Suggested materials:
  • A fitted sheet
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  • Bradley Beard Bradley Beard on Jul 24, 2016
    Have you got a way to easily fold a new twin fitted sheet that has elastic all around the edge
  • Swinnen Lisette Swinnen Lisette on May 22, 2017

    How do you do this when you don't have a table or bed to do this on?

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  • Linfs Linfs on Aug 09, 2016
    thats how I have always done it, but frankly life is to short to strress about folding sheets
  • Wes6796231 Wes6796231 on Aug 12, 2016
    I know an even easier, faster way, but I don't know how to make a video, sorry. However, this video is great the way it is.