How to fold a fitted sheet in seconds

Learn how to fold a fitted sheet, using our simple guide to help you master the art fast.


folding a fitted sheet

Unlike other bed linen such as flat sheets, pillow cases and duvet covers, the puckered corners of a fitted sheet can be a bit of a nightmare to fold. When folding a fitted sheet, use our simple guide to help you master the art in no time.

Folding bed sheets becomes child’s play with gentle detergents like Surf combined with fabric conditioner in your wash. They help get rid of creases and make the sheets softer and easier to fold.

How to make folding a fitted sheet easier

There are a few steps you can take to ensure that you can fold a fitted sheet quickly and easily:

  • Ensure your sheets are fully dry before folding.
  • If using a tumble dryer, fold your sheet straight out of the dryer whilst it is still warm.
  • Alternatively, iron your sheets and fold them immediately after ironing.

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Ten steps for how to fold a fitted sheet

Folding bed sheets is easy when you follow these steps:

  1. Firstly, drape your fitted sheet over your hands.
  2. With the top two corners inside out and holding the elastic edge towards you, put one hand into the top corners.
  3. Fold your fitted sheet in half vertically by putting the right corner over the left corner and creating a pocket.
  4. Turn your fitted sheet 180 degrees. Create a second pocket at the other end.
  5. Tuck the gathered edges into each other.
  6. Next, fold the fitted sheet in half again, flipping the right corners over the left corners so all four fitted corners are together.
  7. Lay the sheet onto a flat surface such as a bed.
  8. Fold the longer part of the curved edge towards the centre of the sheet to create a straight edge.
  9. The sheet should now be a rectangle, so fold it as you would a normal flat sheet.
  10. Fold the sheet lengthwise until it is the size you want before putting it away in your linen cupboard.

Now we have given you all the tips you need to know how to fold a fitted sheet in seconds you can be sure that as soon as they’re clean, dry and ironed you can put them away quickly and easily.    

  • Fold your sheets straight out of the dryer or immediately after ironing whilst they’re still warm.
  • Drape the sheet over your hands first.
  • Fold corner to corner, tucking the puckered edges under one another.
  • Always do the final folding on a flat surface like a bed.
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