I used to balk at the idea of folding fitted sheets. I tried it once and quickly learned that, much like folding my underwear into tiny squares and ironing my tee shirts, ain’t nobody got time for that. But recently I had a change of heart while cleaning out my closet. Instead of my usual devil-may-care attitude, I felt rather annoyed (a little enraged even) by the wads of fitted sheets stuffed in the back of my linen closet. So I decided to try again. And you know what? It’s actually not that hard if you do it right.
Here’s how to fold a fitted a sheet without pulling out your hair.
How to fold a fitted sheet
Learning how to fold a fitted sheet can be confusing the first couple times you try it. I used to think I was the only one who couldn’t figure it out, then I spent an afternoon reading the sheet-folding comments on Martha Stewart’s website and realized I was far from alone. No one gets it! But that’s because some methods are easier than others.
No matter how you do it, the idea is pretty much the same: line up the corners of the sheet and tuck them into each other so they’re all facing the same direction. Then fold ’em over and smooth them down so you get a flat rectangle. From there, you can fold it like you would a regular flat sheet.
Easy enough. In theory.
I still struggled with folding until I figured out one simple trick: tuck in the corners at each end separately. Then fold the sheet in half and tuck the corners in again so they’re all facing the same direction. It’s a small tweak but doing it in stages helps ensure that all your corners and edges are lined up properly (trust me, this is where Martha Stewart’s method goes off the rails).
I’m sure you might still have questions, so watch this video or read on to learn how to fold a fitted sheet once and for all.
How to fold a fitted sheet instructions:
1. Start by holding two adjacent corners of the sheet.
2. Tuck one corner into the other.
3. Now, turn the sheet around so you’re holding the opposite end and repeat.
4. Fold the sheet in half so that all four corners are together, and flip the first set of corners over the second set (now they should all be tucked in).
5. Lay the sheet on a flat surface and smooth down the curved edges until you get a rectangle.
5. Fold like you would a flat sheet until you get the size you want.11
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