What Is The Correct Way to Fold Fitted Sheets?

If you read the title and wondered aloud “why? How? When?” you aren’t alone. But you’re here anyway, and for that, we applaud you.

If you really want to learn how to fold a fitted sheet, we’re proud of you. We know, it seems impossible. It seems that your efforts will be futile. But, believe it or not, it is possible.

It just takes a little patience and a lot of confidence. You can do it though. We believe in you.

Why Bother?

First off, why would you even want to learn how to do this? Can’t you just ball it up and toss it in the closet? 

Technically, yes. But you and your sheet deserve better.

Here are a few benefits to fitted-sheet-folding:

  • They’ll feel fresh and wrinkle-free.
  • They will be more organized in your closet.
  • They will stay cleaner.
  • They could last longer.

Okay, now that we cleared that up. Let’s look at how to fold a fitted sheet.

On to the instructions you’ve been waiting for!

The 30 Second Method

For those of us who literally don’t have a minute to spare (like you don’t have the time to even finish reading this article) here is the quickest way to a folded fitted sheet.

  • Lay it on a flat surface with the fitted end up with the shortest end close to you.
  • Grab the corners closest to you and flip them inside out.
  • With your hands tucked into the corners, fold the sheet in half, tucking the corners on your hands into the top corners.
  • Lift it up and shake it. It should be a square (ish).
  • Fold the top and bottom in to meet each other in the center.
  • Bring the outside edges to meet in the middle.
  • Celebrate!

The trickiest part of this one is getting the whole tucking situation down. Take a deep breath, you can do it.

If not, that’s chill. Keep on reading, we have a few backup plans for you. 

The Simple Method

Sometimes, the whole tucking situation just doesn’t work. That’s okay. Here’s a method just for you, friend.

  • Lay your sheet down with the elastic side up. It doesn’t matter which end is close to you for this one.
  • Fold the left side in, then the right side on top of that. Think of it as a pamphlet, if you’ve ever folded one of those.
  • Fold both of the sides in to meet in the middle, making your long rectangle smaller.
  • Roll it on up like a little burrito.

This one is great for those of us who would like to put in a little effort, but our brains just can’t make anything happen.

The Marie Kondo Method

Okay, so you’re quite a bit ambitious. You’ve binged her organizing show on the flix. You’ve created a million different Pinterest boards. You’re in a close relationship with your label maker. We respect that.

This one’s for you, babe.

  • Assume the position as you have with the other methods. Lay your sheet on a flat surface with the elastic edges up.
  • Fold it into thirds. Sort of like the last method, but you’ll bring the first edge just past the center, and the other one on top of it.
  • Flatten it out so you don’t have any wrinkles (of course).
  • Fold it in half again.
  • More flattening out of the wrinkles (again, of course, what do you expect?)
  • Roll her on up!

Go ahead and put your clean, perfect cylinder into your labeled sheet drawer or something.

Fold Away

Look at you, next-level organizing with your bad self. You’ve got this. Go forth and conquer.