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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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    8 years ago

    Thank you so much. I only have twin sheets but i just tried this and it is much easier then a way a friend taught me. Thank you.

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    Paula Kirchner 

    10 years ago from Austin. Texas

    2besure, I hope we cut down on those fits while folding fitted sheets! Thanks for stopping by!

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    Pamela Lipscomb 

    10 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

    Thanks! I always have a fit folding fitted sheets.

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    Paula Kirchner 

    11 years ago from Austin. Texas

    Cassidy, I think we are going to have to start a support group for the sheet in the drawer stuffers! So glad to have a useful hub for you!

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    11 years ago from OK

    Thanks for the instructions. I usually just stuff mine in the drawer because I gave up on folding them!

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    Paula Kirchner 

    11 years ago from Austin. Texas

    I hear you Pamela. I think there are lots of people in the same boat!

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    11 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Thanks for the instructions as these sheet typically drive me nuts.

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    Paula Kirchner 

    11 years ago from Austin. Texas

    Glad to help dkrainwater!!

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    11 years ago from Sheridan, Wyoming

    I never knew how to do it. I just rolled it up in a bundle. Thanks for a great hub.

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    Paula Kirchner 

    11 years ago from Austin. Texas

    Cajunrooster, you crack me up. I can see you stuffing a sheet behind something. It is such a guy thing to do. So glad to have a hub to make life easier. Let me know how the folding goes!

    World-Traveler, that is job pressure. I guess that the maids would have to pull those sheets pretty fast. Personally, in my travels, I observe that most maids take their time. They are slow to start and I never see them hurrying. Thanks for stopping by and sharing with us!

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    11 years ago from USA

    Your story got me thinking about the maids that worked cleaning rooms at a major casino in Nevada. There were two maids working each floor of the hotel casino. A supervisor was constantly overlooking their work. To clean an entire room, they were given eight minutes. That was to do everything from changing the sheets on the beds to vacumning the room, cleaning the bathroom and on and on.

    If the maids did not meet the 8 minute time requirement they got a pink slip. Three pink slips and they were out of a job.

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    John David LeCoq 

    11 years ago from San Antonio, Texas

    This is great. You know know how many times I have fought with folding a fitted sheet. Most of the time I just ball it up and stick it out of sight. When it's time to put it on the bed I run it through the touch up cycle on the dryer to take some of the wrinkles out. A truly great hub.

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    Paula Kirchner 

    11 years ago from Austin. Texas

    BkCreative, there is hope for you. I hope I made the directions easy to follow. Good luck!

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    11 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

    Secretly...I have totally given up on doing this. I either put it back in a drawer where it won't be seen until needed (not exposed in a closet) or I immediately put it back on the bed and avoid folding.

    I've followed directions and about 30 years ago it worked a couple times. According to your hub I can try again...and be successful. I may take out a sheet hidden in a drawer and practice. Whew!

    Great and necessary hub. Rate up.

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    Paula Kirchner 

    11 years ago from Austin. Texas

    Bayoulady, I also struggled with the fitted sheet for a long time. Glad I could help. Europewalker, enjoy your neat linen closet! Blessings from Texas!

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    11 years ago

    Great hub! Hopefully my linen closet will look better now!

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    11 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

    I am 60 years old, and I have NEVER been able to get a fitted sheet looking that good! Thanks for the hub!

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    Paula Kirchner 

    11 years ago from Austin. Texas

    Sounds familiar breakfastpop! LOL! Have a great day!

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    11 years ago

    Thanks for the info. Normally I just mush them into a ball out of frustration!


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