Do you know how to fold fitted sheets? Folding a fitted sheet with its elastic corners can be frustrating, especially when you need to save space in your linen closet. Even though it’s easier to roll it into a messy ball, it’s not better. When done in a wrong way, this important piece of bedding can quickly create clutter and mess. Believe it or not, there are two foolproof methods to get four neat corners and a perfectly flat sheet that looks clean and tidy. The best part? The sheet remains wrinkle-free for later use and you save a lot of space. Here are the instructions to follow in videos!
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How to fold fitted sheets when you’re all alone?
- Take your piece fresh out of the dryer. Holding the fitted sheet lengthwise, locate the four corners.
- Turn the sheet over and place each hand in the corners, directly at the seams. Your hands should now be inside each of the top two corners of the sheet and the opening should now face your body.
- Bring your right hand to your left hand, grab the corner, and flip the right corner of the sheet over the left corner. Adjust until the two are aligned. Both corners should now be in your left hand.
- Run your hand along the front edge of the sheet. Take the third corner and tuck corners one and two inside (note: the third corner should be facing inward).
- Find the last corner and place your hand inside at the seams. Repeat step 3 bringing your right hand to your left hand. Grasp the corner by the seam and turn it over.
- Adjust and straighten the fitted sheet so that all corners are tucked into each other. The elastic edges should form an “L”.
- Lay your fitted sheet on a flat surface. Straighten the edges and fold them in half or thirds, depending on the size you want.
How to fold fitted sheets according to Marie Kondo?
- Lay your fitted sheet flat on the floor, open side up.
- First, you need to fold the sheet lengthwise, proceeding in thirds. So start with the long side closest to you, fold it over a third of its length, then repeat.
- You will have three folds in your sheet. Now fold the fitted sheet in half, widthwise. You will get a rectangular shape.
- There are three ways to make the final fold. Choose the one that suits you best.
- Fold in half: Fold in half again to create a smaller square. It is a good solution for linen closets. If the folded part is exposed, it is very elegant!
- Fold in three: If you fold the fitted sheet in thirds and store it upright, for example in a basket or a deep drawer, you get a super tidy result!
- Roll it up: This is the easiest way to fold fitted sheets. Just roll it up, which is great for storing in a drawer. Plus, it still looks very tidy when stored.
Also read: How to wash pillows properly
How to store fitted sheets?
Now that you know how to fold fitted sheets, let’s look at proper storage. Properly folding your fitted sheets will get you one step closer to your dream lingerie, but the hard work doesn’t stop there. To keep these pieces (and the rest of your bedding, for that matter) organized, fold each set — including the fitted sheet, top sheet, and pillowcases — and wrap the bundles with a four-foot square (1,5 meters) of Japanese furoshiki-inspired fabric. Then, using similar colors, coordinate the sets by room or sheet size, and store them together. This method makes finding the linen set you need for a specific space a breeze.
Other tips and tricks
- The corner with the label always goes on the bottom right side of your mattress. If you have trouble doing this, you can always buy striped sheets to solve this problem.
- When you make the bed, it’s easier to put the top corners first. Then you can stretch the other corners.
- Store fitted sheets in a drawer, clean side up to create an impression of tidy sheets. This is especially useful if you still can’t follow our step-by-step instructions!
- Iron or steam sheets before folding to remove as many wrinkles as possible.