How To Fold a Fitted Sheet

If you struggle with keeping your beddings organized you definitely should learn how to fold your fitted sheet first. Problem number one is elastic edges that certainly make it more difficult than making a flat sheet, but once you learn to hang it, you’ll stop rolling it in a ball. For many sleepers it is still challenging, that is why we would like to share with you some useful tips which allow you to do it in less than one minute. 

Here we will talk about the best ways to fold fitted sheets that can save you both space and time, and you’ll get the bed looking wrinkle-free without any ironing. Well-organised bedding will give you much more room for your other things and keep your closet looking neat and tidy. 

The best ways to fold your fitted sheets

Before you started to fold your bed sheets, make sure that the fabric is completely clean and dry. Don’t fold them if it's a little bit damp, otherwise, you’ll get a mildewy cover and the rest of your linens nearby will be the same. If you’re using a tumble dryer, fold your sheet straight out of the dryer while it’s still warm. Having a freshly dried sheet will reduce creasing, and your fabric will sit flatter once folded. Use a large flat surface for spreading your fitted sheet before you fold them. Or you can do it on the floor if it’s easier. 

Five easier steps to fold your fitted sheets to save space

Step 1: Keep your fitted sheets horizontally

Hold your beddings up or just lay them out on a flat surface - leave the elastic in the faced-up position. Place the shorter edges of the sheet to your right and the longer sides to your left, to make it look like a rectangle. Try to keep the seams lined up with each other. 

Step 2: Get two side corners together

Bring the 2 corners from the sides together - pull out one bottom corner from inside to outward over your hand, so the corner seams are parallel. Grab the corner that’s farthest from you and put your right hand inside until you hit that corner seam slide your left hand to meet your right tucking one corner inside the other - keep your left hand stuffed into the fitted sheet.  

Step 3:   Flatten your sheet 

Once two corners met each other from one side, you can straighten and shake it out to flatten your fabric. Set it the side down with the elastic corner at the top left. Repeat the same actions on the right side.

Step 4: Bringing the two corners together

Take the closest corner and flip it with your right-hand seam inside out. Your left hand goes into the corner that’s farthest from you, tuck your right hand into the left, and shake it again to get rid of any bumps or wrinkles in the fabric. Lay it out on your table and you’ll see the rough rectangle with slightly curved corners: 

  • Slide one hand into each of the pockets at the top
  • Bring your hands together, so the tips of your fingers are touching and flip your left side up and over the right (two corners touch and flip) 
  • Shake it out and get the fold down

Step 5: Bend your sheet into horizontal thirds

Once you have the loose square, you should fold it in thirds. To do so, rotate and fold it in thirds again, so the sheet makes a long, thin rectangle - bend one side of the fabric in about a third of the way toward the middle of the rectangle. All of the corners, folds and elastic should be completely hidden inside of your fitted sheet. Ultimately, you should end up with a sheet that fits nicely in your closet and looks neat with no creases.

Community Q&A

Should I fold the small-size fitted sheet the same as the king-size?

For the king-size bed, your rectangle will be bigger. If you use the same methods of folding your fitted sheets by holding corners together, you need to bend the long rectangle into quarters instead of thirds. We recommend folding the sheet in half lengthwise, then in half again.

Can I iron my fitted sheets before I folded them?

Always iron your sheets before you folded them. Ironing your beddings with elastic bands after it has been folded may result of reases into the sheet. If you want to get a flat wrinkle-free cover on your mattress you should do it beforehand. However, you can iron your flat sheets as there are no gathered edges to worry about.

How should I iron a fitted sheet?

Start ironing your bedspread with the corners. Bend your bed sheet in half where you’ll get two pairs of edges. Straighten one pair of corners over the end of the ironing board and iron your fitted sheets - pull the fabric flat as you go. Be careful with a hot iron and watch your fingers. Repeat the same actions with the rest of the other pair of corners. And then iron the body of the sheet in sections, before folding it. 

What happens if I wash my fitted sheets in hot water?

Hot water kills most bacteria and germs on your beddings, however, for some types of fabric the high-temperature cause it to shrink and fade over time. The heat also deteriorates the high-quality cotton fibers. Always check the care instructions on the label of your fitted sheets. Use optimal temperature and settings for your beddings.

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