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How to Fold a Fitted Sheet

Folding a fitted sheet may seem like a simple task, but anyone who has tried it knows how frustrating it can be. Most guides available on the internet are not helpful. However, there’s no need to be intimidated. There are a number of techniques to fold a fitted sheet that actually work! This guide focuses on the “flat surface fold” technique, which is one of the fastest and easiest ways to fold a fitted sheet.



Of course, you will need a flat surface, e.g. a table, countertop, or bed for this technique. 

Follow these instructions:

  1. Spread the sheet on the flat surface. Make sure that the sheet is not bunched up.
  2. Evenly bring the two bottom corners to the top fitted corners in order to fold the sheet in half lengthwise. This will result in the sheet having a long, narrow shape.
  3. Next, push your hand into the bottom corner and tuck it into the top to form single cupped corners. This will tuck the fitted corners together. Make sure that the bottom and top corners on each end are tucked inside each other.
  4. Fold the fitted sheet in half by taking one end and folding it to the other end.
  5. Now similar to the first fold, form a cupped shape by tucking the four corners together. This will create a single fitted corner with all the corners properly tucked into one another. Smoothing out that corner will ensure that the sheet has a squarish shape.
  6. The next step is to create a long, narrow folded sheet by hiding the fitted corners. You can achieve this by taking the end with the fitted corners and folding into thirds.
  7. Next, start with the “bulky” end of the sheet where fitted corners are located. Depending on the size of your sheet, you can fold it into thirds or fourths. You will notice that the fitted corners are no longer visible and you have a folded, flat sheet appearance.

Tips for Easier Folding

The following are some tips that will help ease the sheet folding process:

Keep the Sheet Smooth

Make sure to constantly smooth out the sheet between each fold to ensure any captured air is released and bulky shapes or wrinkles are eliminated.

Smaller Sizes Are Easier to Fold

A king size sheet is going to be more difficult to fold as compared to a twin sheet since there is more material. The sequence of steps for folding the sheet is the same however, no matter the size.

Start Over When Necessary

If you are struggling to get the ends tucked in properly according to the instructions, or you simply find yourself confused when following a step, it might be a good idea to untangle the sheet and start over. It may take multiple tries to learn the technique.

Fold from the Dryer

It is highly recommended that you fold the fitted sheet as soon as it comes out of your dryer. This is because it’s easier to get the desired results when there are fewer wrinkles.

Folding a fitted sheet may seem tedious at times, but with the right approach and instructions, the process becomes quick and easy.