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How to Fold a Fitted Sheet Perfectly Every Time!

I do not recall when I first began folding fitted sheets this way, but I have now trained several people to use my tried-and-true method.

Folding a fitted sheet is easy if you know how!

Folding a fitted sheet is easy if you know how!

The Dreaded Fitted Sheet

One of laundry's most unpleasant tasks is the folding of a fitted sheet. We would all like to think that we can somehow manage the odd-shaped beast, but many around the world surrender daily to the sheet and end up rolling it into a wad and putting it away. If you are like most, you believe that the fitted sheet cannot be folded. That it cannot be mastered. That it was created to live in our homes in some bizarre, semi-rounded, puckered shape. I am here to tell you—no, show you—that it can be done!

I do not recall when I first began folding fitted sheets in this manner, but I have trained several people now to do it. Like me, these friends now consider the sheet to be tamed! It serves the master, the mentor, the guru, as it should. Follow the steps below so that you, too, can master this art.

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Overview: How to Fold a Fitted Sheet

  1. Remove fitted sheet from the dryer.
  2. Place both hands in any two corners of the fitted sheet.
  3. Fold the sheet in half from top to bottom.
  4. Bring Index fingers and inner corner seams together.
  5. With the hand in the lowest position firmly grasp the other index finger and the fabric.
  6. Fold one corner over the other.
  7. Smooth and pull the fabric of the corners on your hand to make sure it is smooth and darts are in line with each other.
  8. Begin to form the sheet into a rectangle.
  9. Lay the rectangular sheet on a flat surface.
  10. Fold the sheet lengthwise in 2 or 3 folds...
  11. Fold the long rectangle in half.
  12. Fold the small rectangle in half and smooth.

Congratulations! You folded a fitted sheet!

(Now let's look at each step in more detail... along with a helpful photo tutorial.)

Step 1: Remove Fitted Sheet From the Dryer

OK. These are "gimme" points. Anyone should be able to get the sheet out of the dryer. But, congratulations, you are one step closer!

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Step 2: Place Both Hands in Any Two Corners

This is your starting point. Everything else will flow from here.

Insert your hands with index fingers of each hand at the end of the sewn darts at two corners of the fitted sheet.

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Step 3: Fold It in Half From Top to Bottom

Place hands in the 2 corner darts of the fitted sheet.

Make sure that corner seams are matched on top and bottom half of sheet.

The index finger of each hand should be firmly pointing at the innermost corner of each seam.

With wrong sides of fabric together (right side of fabric on outside of fold), fold sheet in half from top end to bottom end.

Match ends of sheet and corners.

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Step 4: Bring Index Fingers and Inner Corner Seams Together

Align the darts over your hands and bring your index fingers together.

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Step 5: Firmly Grasp the Other Index Finger and the Fabric

With the hand in the lowest position, firmly grasp the other index finger and the fabric. This is one of the most important steps the folding process.

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Step 6: Fold One Corner Over the Other

Carefully fold the top corner of the sheet over the corner on your lower hand.

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Step 7: Smooth and Pull the Fabric of the Corners

Smooth and pull the fabric of the corners on your hand to make sure it is smooth and darts are in line with each other. Align the darts on the corner of the sheet with each other to make a smooth corner.

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Step 8: Begin to Form into a Rectangle

Keeping your hand in touch with the elastic corner of the sheet, use your arm to support the sheet and form the top side of the rectangle.

With your other hand, push up under the layers of the sheet, and drag your hand from the corner to the outer end. This makes the other side of the rectangle.

There should be anywhere from 7-9 inches of elasticized fabric that are folding over to make the rectangle.

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Step 9: Lay It on a Flat Surface

Smooth the sheet and even out the ends while the sheet lays flat.

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Step 10: Fold It Lengthwise in 2 or 3 Folds

Make sure the elasticized sides are folded in first.

Use 2 folds for twin sheets, and 3 for larger size sheets.

Smooth the sheet with each fold.

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Step 11: Fold the Long Rectangle in Half

Depending on the size of the sheet, you may need to repeat this step once or twice to get the sheet to a manageable size.

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Step 12: Fold It in Half Again and Smooth

You are almost done!

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You're a Master of the Fitted Sheet!

Congratulations! You folded a fitted sheet!

How to Fold a Fitted Sheet Instructional Video

As You Like It!

Comments

Mangroshemy on November 11, 2013:

It's the elastic that makes it a pain. I have just gotten a set of drawstring sheets and with the drawstring loose, it doesn't gather up so much and it will lay much flatter so the folding is more straight forward. And man do they ever stay on the bed, beating the heck out of elastic sheets. Every night I get into bed it's wonderful how nice and smooth the sheet is like the sheet was just put on. I included a link:

http://www.drawstringsheet.com

cozytown from Mechanicville, NY on August 23, 2013:

Great hub. I was looking to write one about folding fitted sheets, but alas, you beat me to it! Good work!

Sid Kemp from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) on July 18, 2013:

Wow! I did it!

BkCreative from Brooklyn, New York City on July 02, 2013:

Sigh! Okay I am going to try again. Surely, it is time I mastered the dreaded fitted sheet. By the time I put it away it looks like a pile of 4 sheets. But ok - here I go again. Thanks a million!

marion langley from The Study on June 22, 2013:

The flow of the writing was clear, the layout was easy to follow, and the pictures were just what I needed. I ran into my closet, grabbed the closest untidy bundle, and went through it line by line and picture by picture . It looks fabulous. I can't wait till my hubby comes home so I can ask him, "would you believe that's a FITTED sheet!?!" Will share with all my friends!!!

just-about on June 22, 2013:

What a perfect read for me . . . I have always bought and used flat sheets, just force of habit. A few months ago I treated myself to some new bedding and accidently bought fitted sheets. They have been driving me mad when it comes to putting them away. In fact, they have ended up rolled into a sausage shape. After watching the video I got a sheet out of the cupboard - followed your instructions and VOILA ! A perfectly folded sheet. THank you so much.

Carl Junior on June 21, 2013:

This is very informative! Plus I love the pictures, Keep up the good work :)

Lori Collins from Riverside, CA on June 21, 2013:

Love the pictures with the descriptions! made it really easy to understand

Teresa Sanderson (author) from Rural Midwest on June 21, 2013:

Thanks for the positive feedback! I reorganized my laundry room this week and found some wrinkled up fitted sheets there. Now they are washed and folded properly. Order to chaos..........

My SciFi Life from London, UK on June 21, 2013:

all i can say is wow. you've helped me see the light and given me hope! :)

Bala from India on June 21, 2013:

Nice Hub! Good content! Awesome Pics! You look Gorgeous!

Thanks for the Hub!

Rob Smart from Greece on June 19, 2013:

Wow... this is one of those things I never even thought there was a "right" way to do.

Teresa Sanderson (author) from Rural Midwest on June 14, 2013:

I love all of the great comments this hub has created! Maybe I'm not such a geek after all! ;-)

Phantasia Scribe on June 13, 2013:

A neatly folded fitted sheet should fit into the sheet drawer better than the wadded up sheet balls I have stuffed in there now. I will definitely have to try this technique!

Rob Smart from Greece on June 13, 2013:

A very useful hub! Love the step-by-step directions!

HMcEvoy from St. Louis, Missouri on June 12, 2013:

No more excuses for wrinkly sheets now!! Thanks!

Cristina Cakes from Virginia on June 12, 2013:

This is probably one of the most helpful Hubs i have ever read!

Bandit Jack on June 12, 2013:

Wow... this is one of those things I never even thought there was a "right" way to do. I usually just sorta flap the fitted sheet around until it vaguely resembles a rectangle and then I toss it into the linen cabinet!

Thanks so much for opening my eyes, I will have to try this next time I do laundry!

Mirmana from AMSTERDAM on June 11, 2013:

Always wanted to be able to do this! I'm far from a neat-freak but I hate it when I can't fit my fitted sheets in my closet. Thanks for sharing, and explaining it so thoroughly!

Soin on June 10, 2013:

It is the best and the easiest way:)

Tim Chirillo from Florida on June 10, 2013:

my kids need to read this .. and clean their rooms while they are at it

sckeith on June 10, 2013:

I have always been so bad at folding the fitted sheet that I take the sheets off of the bed wash them and put them back on instead of having to fold them! I can't wait to try this and actually use all those sheet sets in my closet. Great step by step directions.

Audrey on June 10, 2013:

I have always just fold it in half a few times and then tuck in the corners. Okay, it looks a little horrible, I know. But now that I know the trick, maybe I will have a nicely folded fitted sheet for a change.

Teresa Sanderson (author) from Rural Midwest on June 09, 2013:

Wow! So many people learning the simple art of folding a fitted sheet. Awesome!

Jason Matthews from North Carolina on June 09, 2013:

Fun hub...and great information!

Krista Schnee from Wichita, Kansas on June 09, 2013:

Thanks for the great tips! It will certainly be helpful in helping me create a neater laundry area.

Felisa Daskeo from Manila, Philippines on June 09, 2013:

Wow, is it that simple? At my age, it is only now that I am able to fold my bed sheet properly. I wouldn't have done it without your guide. Thank you for this very helpful hub.

StellaSee from California on June 08, 2013:

Hi Kansasyarn, thanks to this hub, I think for the first time in my life, I've folded a fitted sheet correctly! The video was helpful too, I've never seen anyone so happy to fold a sheet, it was really cute. Thanks for sharing with us your knowledge and congratulations :)

Toy Tasting from Mumbai on June 07, 2013:

Kansasyarn, this was so useful. Thank you for sharing this.

Teresa Sanderson (author) from Rural Midwest on June 07, 2013:

So many wonderful comments! You are right, though. Fitted sheets are not hard to fold, you just need a method. Glad it was helpful!

Vivian-tmt-hnp from USA. on June 06, 2013:

2:33pm Thursday 6 June 2013

This is the frequent and simple work. However you can do and show us how to fold it neatly by your warm and nice guidance . Thank you.

Vivian

Flashwente on June 05, 2013:

I already knew how to fold a fitted sheet that way but I read the whole article anyway. You are very cute and I enjoyed looking at the pictures of you from so many angles.

ud1093 from ? on June 05, 2013:

time saving

Teresa Sanderson (author) from Rural Midwest on June 04, 2013:

Thanks for all of the wonderful comments! :-D

emilyna on June 03, 2013:

Great Tutorial

softwarerar on June 03, 2013:

i love it

http://softwarerar.blogspot.com/

AJ Rodriguez from San Diego on June 02, 2013:

This was a very helpful article, because I am terrible at folding

Teresa Sanderson (author) from Rural Midwest on June 02, 2013:

MDavisatTIERS, By all means, leave the door open!

Marilyn L Davis from Georgia on June 01, 2013:

My linen closet thanks you as well as me. I may just have to leave the door open when company comes next week.

Teresa Sanderson (author) from Rural Midwest on June 01, 2013:

buysellseo, Thanks!

John Vance from Cincinnati on June 01, 2013:

Great Tutorial :)

Teresa Sanderson (author) from Rural Midwest on May 31, 2013:

Vborrows, So glad you found it helpful. It's funny how such a little thing causes so many people so much trouble!

Vborrows from Hamilton Ontario on May 31, 2013:

Thank you for this hub. I always struggle with the fitted sheet and I think I can do it now.

bzirkone from Kansas on May 30, 2013:

Can't wait to share the great news!

Teresa Sanderson (author) from Rural Midwest on May 30, 2013:

bzirkone, Ball them up no more! Now you can master the fitted sheet!

bzirkone from Kansas on May 30, 2013:

Ha!! great hub! Looks like everybody on HubPages has been folding the fitted sheet about like me... into a ball and stuffed in a closet. Thanks for the info.

Teresa Sanderson (author) from Rural Midwest on May 29, 2013:

hoov45, it IS so simple! Give it a try - you can do it!

Terry Hoover from Denham Springs, Louisiana on May 29, 2013:

You make it look so simple. Great Hub!

Teresa Sanderson (author) from Rural Midwest on May 29, 2013:

janices7, Thanks!

Janice S on May 29, 2013:

Great tips! Love the step-by-step instructions with photos.

Teresa Sanderson (author) from Rural Midwest on May 29, 2013:

Darrlymdavis, Too funny! You are right, though....Guys can do it, too!

Darrylmdavis from Brussels, Belgium on May 29, 2013:

Should be mandatory reading for males lol!

Teresa Sanderson (author) from Rural Midwest on May 29, 2013:

epbooks, You can do it! Go and tame those fitted sheets! :-)

Elizabeth Parker from Las Vegas, NV on May 28, 2013:

Actually - going to finish the laundry now. :)

Elizabeth Parker from Las Vegas, NV on May 28, 2013:

I think we are all feeling up to the challenge of folding sheets now. Thank you!!

Teresa Sanderson (author) from Rural Midwest on May 28, 2013:

europewalker, Thanks for the votes and comments. No worries with folding fitted sheets now!

europewalker on May 28, 2013:

Voted up and useful, fitted sheets are a pain. I always have a hard time trying to fold one, great instructions and video:)

Teresa Sanderson (author) from Rural Midwest on May 28, 2013:

baja2013, So glad you took the time to read! More will be coming!

Bajazid from Sarajevo, Bosnia on May 28, 2013:

This was interesting one. :)

I want some more! (Voted interesting and funny of course)

Teresa Sanderson (author) from Rural Midwest on May 27, 2013:

phildazz, Wow! Thanks for the kind comments. Give it a whirl and see just how easy it is!

Allan Philip from Toronto on May 27, 2013:

Never thought there was an answer to this very, very complex issue. I've been trying all my life to figure this one out. One thing is certain, this is probably the most useful Hubpage on Google. Thanks you!

Jemuel from Cebu, Philippines on May 27, 2013:

I'm so glad that I found this hub. This is great! I will no longer be having a hard time folding the fitted sheets.

Thank you for sharing.

kacie from nottingham on May 27, 2013:

nice :P

Elizabeth Parker from Las Vegas, NV on May 26, 2013:

Awesome! I have to admit, I'm one of those people who roll them in a ball and hope no one notices if everything else is folded nicely on top of it. hee hee. Now I'm going to fold to impress!

Chona Fernandez from Philippines on May 26, 2013:

At last! I always have a hard time folding fitted sheets and never done it correctly. Now I have a guide. This is a nice article.

Teresa Sanderson (author) from Rural Midwest on May 26, 2013:

epbooks, You will love it! Fitted sheets never looked so good!

Elizabeth Parker from Las Vegas, NV on May 26, 2013:

I'm going to do it! I'm excited. LOL!

Teresa Sanderson (author) from Rural Midwest on May 26, 2013:

epbooks, Thanks for reading! Give it a try; you can do it!

Elizabeth Parker from Las Vegas, NV on May 26, 2013:

Great instructions and fantastic easy to understand video. I can never fold these things. Thanks for posting!

Teresa Sanderson (author) from Rural Midwest on May 26, 2013:

BernietheMovieGuy, So glad it worked for you! Thanks for giving it a try and congrats!

Bernie Ment from Syracuse, NY on May 26, 2013:

Okay, I'm a single guy living by myself so, as you can guess, folding fitted sheets is NOT on the top of my priority list of important things to worry about. That being said, I am also a neat freak - everything in it's place and that sort of thing. I am constantly miffed at the condition of my linen closet because of - drumroll, please - those darn fitted sheets. I tried your method and voila - you just managed to neaten up a nightmare that I've had going for for nearly 30 years. THANK YOU! Voted up.

Teresa Sanderson (author) from Rural Midwest on May 13, 2013:

Kaili, Thanks for giving it a try! Glad it was helpful!

Kaili Bisson from Canada on May 13, 2013:

I just tried this and it worked perfectly. As a matter of fact, the fitted one turned out neater than the flat sheet! Thank you so much for this.

Teresa Sanderson (author) from Rural Midwest on May 05, 2013:

Naomi, Thanks for giving it a try! It's so easy. I'm amazed that instructions don't come with our sheet sets!

Naomi's Banner from United States on May 05, 2013:

I tried it and its easier than it looks. My husband was impressed.

Teresa Sanderson (author) from Rural Midwest on May 05, 2013:

kimberly40, Good luck with getting them to fold their own sheets. But, at least you know there are others like you out there!

Kimberly from Illinois on May 04, 2013:

Thank you for posting this. My family thinks I am crazy for folding fitted sheets. I can't wait to show them this so I can prove them wrong and hopefully get them to fold their own sheets.

Teresa Sanderson (author) from Rural Midwest on May 04, 2013:

Naomi's Banner, Go for it! Your fitted sheets will be perfect!

forgetmenotsza, You can do it!

forgetmenotsza from United States on May 04, 2013:

Yes! Love it! I can't wait to try it!

Naomi's Banner from United States on May 04, 2013:

Great idea. I can't wait to try it!

Teresa Sanderson (author) from Rural Midwest on May 03, 2013:

rose-the-planner, You are most welcome!

rose-the planner from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on May 03, 2013:

I really hate folding sheets so I usually get my husband to help me, lol. Thanks for sharing your tips with us!

Teresa Sanderson (author) from Rural Midwest on May 02, 2013:

barbat79, So glad you are going to be able to re-learn these quick instructions. Soooo easy, you will be folding your sheets perfectly in no time!

B A Tobin from Connnecticut on May 02, 2013:

Beautifully spelled out! 1, 2 3! I have seen this done and forgot the steps..I have a 1/2 sloppy 1/2 looks ok method. lol Thank you for such a great hub!!! Now I will know how to again!!! I will probably need to print this one out!

Teresa Sanderson (author) from Rural Midwest on May 02, 2013:

adrienne2, Thanks for the congrats! I am really excited to have been featured as Hub of the Day with this hub. Go fold your fitted sheets!

kschimmel, I bet those are wonderful memories!

Kimberly Schimmel from North Carolina, USA on May 02, 2013:

My Granny taught me to fold fitted sheets when I was a little girl. Good memories!

Fierce Manson from Atlanta on May 02, 2013:

I saw the title of this hub and I said this is a must read!! I thought I was the only wrestling with trying to fold those darn fitted sheets. So now I cant hurry up and throw it in the laundry bag before anyone sees he. Excellent hub, and should win hub of the YEAR, if we had such an award. Congrats on HOTD well deserved. Voted up!

Teresa Sanderson (author) from Rural Midwest on May 02, 2013:

Dolores, I know what you mean! You will be surprised how easy it is to fold your fitted sheets. You can do it!

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on May 02, 2013:

How is it that such a simple thing can mean so much. Those fitted sheets have always driven me crazy and though it sounds ridiculous, I can't wait to do the laundry! (This hub should go far!)

JosephSorbara from New York,NY on May 01, 2013:

This is surely the first time I've seen a teen fold there sheets properly......,

Teresa Sanderson (author) from Rural Midwest on May 01, 2013:

emilymenchick, Go for it! You can do it!

Emily Nemchick from Phoenix, AZ on May 01, 2013:

Wow, I am totally trying that! I just bundle mine up...

Teresa Sanderson (author) from Rural Midwest on April 30, 2013:

Kaili Bisson, Thanks for the read and the follow!

healthyfitness, Glad you found it helpful!

Rick Grimes on April 30, 2013:

haha i've never even thought about there being a better way to do this. Thanks!

Kaili Bisson from Canada on April 30, 2013:

I must try this...Flat ones and pillow cases, no problem. But fitted sheets? All bunched up and stuffed into the linen closet. ty for the tip!

Teresa Sanderson (author) from Rural Midwest on April 29, 2013:

SidKemp, So glad you found it useful!

Lesleysherwood, You will be the master of the fitted sheet!

Lesleysherwood on April 29, 2013:

Yeah, brilliant hub. My mum taught me when I was growing up. I should have concentrated more though as I fight every week with this task. Aggggh... thank you. Hopefully I will master it for washing day tomorrow!

Sid Kemp from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) on April 29, 2013:

This is awesome. I no longer have to wait for my wife to come home to fold that darned last item - the fitted sheet! I always thought it took two; now I know I can do it myself.

Teresa Sanderson (author) from Rural Midwest on April 29, 2013:

imatellmuva, You can do it!

DzyMsLizzy, Thanks for reading and sharing! I don't know about saintly, but love the term, laundry guru!

jeniferstevenson, Thanks for taking the time to read and comment!

Tom Schumacher, Genius?! I don't know. But THANKS! You made my morning!

vocalcoach, Give it a try and let me know how it goes!

MartieCoetser, Glad you found it useful!

Dee aka Nonna, Your linen closet will never be the same again! Congratulations!

Dee aka Nonna on April 29, 2013:

Finally! Yippee...I can now fold a fitted sheet. I went right away to the linen closet and folded one of my fitted sheet to give it a try. It worked. I am now going to refold them all. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you.