How to Fold a Fitted Sheet

by Kelsey Norwood

in Making Over,Making Over,Tutorials

Today I’m going to teach you a little something that should help you keep your linen closet a bit more sightly and orderly – how to properly fold a fitted sheet!

Those fitted sheets can be a real pain, but not if you know how to fold them properly. I have produced a short video demonstration to help you fold your fitted sheets neatly.

How easy was that?!?

Below I’ve added some pictures and written instructions for each step on how to fold your fitted bed sheets:

how to fold a fitted sheet

Bring the wrong sides of two corners together (the two corners along the long edge of the sheet) and tuck one inside the other so the seams are touching and the fabric is wrong sides together.

how to fold fitted sheets

folding fitted sheets

Holding what you’ve folded so far with your left hand inside the corners, bring the next adjacent corner on the top side up and match that seam with the other two.

how to fold a fitted bed sheet

Bring the final corner up to match the other three so that all four corners are tucked inside one another.

how to fold fitted bed sheets

Lay the sheet on the floor and straighten into a rectangle.

neatly folded fitted sheet

Finish folding/rolling according to your preference.

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Liz Autry January 21, 2009 at 7:27 am

Thankyou, Thankyou, Thankyou! my young womens president showed me that a long time ago, and I had forgotten. I have been getting frustrated lately because I just couldn’t figure it out.

You just made my day!:)

2 Christian Stordahl January 21, 2009 at 7:35 am

AWESOME! My linen closet just got a whole lot neater!
Thanks for the tip!

3 Gigi Griffis February 2, 2009 at 10:11 am

I saw Martha Stewart do that on her show once. I think that was the best thing I ever learned from her. I’ve taught both my DIL’s how to do it too. Thanks.

4 Kelsey February 2, 2009 at 10:22 am

I think I learned a long time ago from Martha also, although I don’t exactly remember. She does teach so many useful things so that’s probably where I first learned!

5 Baba February 2, 2009 at 10:31 am

Great demonstration. I have been folding my fitted sheets like this for years now and it does help so much.

6 joann February 3, 2009 at 8:19 am

great job! only problem had a hard time hearing you.

7 stephanie shumway February 5, 2009 at 9:23 pm

I folded my sheet like this the other day and was soooo happy to have learned it on here!!! Thank you thank you thank you!

8 Karen L March 23, 2009 at 12:33 am

Your How to Fold instructions are such a great idea! Fitted sheets are always a pain and never look neat on the linen closet shelf!

9 Rob118 June 9, 2009 at 9:33 am

I found a great new prouct called Fit and Fold that makes folding fitted sheets a breeze…check this video out

10 Atalaya January 21, 2011 at 4:46 pm

This is awesome! I’ll be adopting this practice from now on! VanillaJoy rocks!

11 Holly C. July 7, 2011 at 1:04 pm

I also remember Martha Stewart doing this once, yet every time I try, it is not the same as hers lol. small sheets are easy but the large queen/king harder. I will have to practice this next time I do wash. thanks for tip.

12 Pam Pike August 28, 2011 at 6:33 am

Thank you, Thank you. I’m 52 years old and never knew how to do this!!! My linen closets will look sooo much better now.

13 Judy Blinkenberg August 24, 2012 at 2:00 pm

That’s the way I fold my sheets after years of needing help from the kids. I really like your elastic tutorial for my sheets. The elastic wears out first. So I will repair them with your help. Thank you.

14 Holly June 10, 2013 at 5:09 pm

I thought I was folding them the correct way, but they never look as nice as yours. I was definitely missing a step. Thanks so much for the hints. :)

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