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Fitted Bed Sheet Folding

Updated on December 4, 2019

How To Start

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Spread the sheet out on a flat surface.Fold in the edges to make square cornersSquare corners
Spread the sheet out on a flat surface.
Spread the sheet out on a flat surface.
Fold in the edges to make square corners
Fold in the edges to make square corners
Square corners
Square corners

Folding A Fitted Sheet Takes Skill

Am I the only one who has struggled with proper folding of a fitted bed sheet? I have limited linen storage space and folding it to fit my storage space is essential. In addition, I don't like messy linen shelves. We have a king size bed and the fitted sheets are large, however any size fitted sheet can be folded according to these directions!

To begin, lay the sheet lengthwise on a bed or couch, folding it in half. Tuck the rounded corners together and fold them over to form a straight edge. Folding the fitted material over will allow you to have square corners to work with. Smooth them out and make them uniform. Doing so will make your folding easy and quick.

Beginning Your Fold

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Continue to fold in halfFold again
Continue to fold in half
Continue to fold in half
Fold again
Fold again

Now For The Fold

Take the end of the sheet, keeping your fold-over in place, and fold in half. The outside rim will look square and neat because the gathered material and elastic is folded under.

Next, lift the bottom half of your sheet and fold in half again. Now your sheet is smaller and more manageable, ready to add the finishing touches.

Folding For The Linen Closet

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Fold againFold into a closet sizeStack your sheets neatly
Fold again
Fold again
Fold into a closet size
Fold into a closet size
Stack your sheets neatly
Stack your sheets neatly

The Final Fold

The bed sheet is now easy to manage because the odd gathered edges are tucked away in your folds. Take the remaining sheet and fold it in thirds. This gives you a neat manageable and easily stored sheet. If you are using a knit sheet or a sheet that is still pliable at this stage, fold in half one more time to make your sheet the same size as your top sheet. My sheet is crisp and won't fold again.

I stack my folded bottom sheet, add my top sheet and top it with pillow cases for easy storage. All folds face the same way for that professional and tidy look. If you store your sheets lengthwise on the shelf, place the folds toward you to add uniformity to your shelf. By stacking your sheets in this manner, you won't mind showing off your closet to visitors. With this storage method, it is easy to pull sheets to remake a bed. Your linen closet will have more room because it no longer holds a wadded up sheet. Congratulations on your accomplishment and enjoy your neatly folded sheets.


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