Introduction: How to Fold a Fitted Sheet

Do you know to fold a fitted sheet - do you really know how? It is a mystery to me on why we can never fold the fitted sheet back into the nice little rectangle that once was for easy storage. You can ask my husband - he has no idea on how to fold it either. He just makes a nice rolled up balled up mess that he calls folded and then puts it away in our linen closet. I can go over to friends homes and sneak a peek at their linen closet and once again not a folded fitted sheet in sight. Just a big old mess. My dear sweet grandma should me long ago - how to fold a fitted sheet. Here is my lesson to you - and yes I am going to teach my husband once again on how to fold the fitted sheet and this time I hope he remembers.

Enjoy and happy folding correctly,
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Step 1: Getting the Fitted Sheet Ready for Folding

Here we have my husband eagerly awaiting my folding instructions. Get your fitted sheet ready!

Step 2: Finding the Corners/points

With you pointer finger - put them each into to ends of the fitted sheet. I always start with the top or bottom points of the sheet- the shorter distance. Here my husband has his two fingers at each end inside the sheet. Find your points!

Step 3: Bring the Two Point Together

In this step bring your two fingers together. Bring over one side - ride side over to meet the other point. Almost like a mirror image crossing over to the other side. Follow the pictures carefully!

Step 4: Bringing Up the Other 2 Points

You are going to repeat the same steps 2 and 3 for the following points until you have all points overtop of each other on your other hand.

Step 5: All Points Together

This is what you should look like after you get all point together.

Step 6: Different Angles of the Folded Sheet

Here are different angles of what you should have after you get all points together. My husband is so excited - we are almost finished

That's my little pug dog Bailey Floyd - he couldn't help not getting in the picture.

Step 7: Finishing the Folding

This next step is best when you place the sheet on a flat surface. With the sheet on the flat surface bring over one side half way over - then bring over again so you get a nice neat rectangle.

Step 8: You Are All Done!

Now you have a nice neat folded fitted sheet. Please go put it away and refold all the other ones that you may have setting in you linen closet that are a mess.

If my husband can fold it you can too!

Thanks and enjoy folding!


llok (author)2015-12-22

You're a lucky lady to have a husband like that! Where are the DIY instructions on that!? ;-)

tmmwint (author)llok2016-10-10

Just click NEXT to see the next frame

talonsblade (author)2008-05-15

this does not work for my sheets, we have an overstuffed queen mattress and all our fitten sheets have elastic around the entire edge. it almost makes a circle so after i put all four corners together i end up with a realy funky shape afterword.

challahc (author)talonsblade2011-01-03

Haha, yeah I was messing with some sheets with the elastic all the way around for like 20 minutes before I realized what was going on. This still works somewhat, but I end up with a funky triangle.

lancmaltby (author)talonsblade2008-05-18

So it took long to reply - Does your sheets at least have a seam at the 4 corners - like in step 2. I guess you could make your own "corners" and try and fold it the excect same way. It should work perfectly. Let me know if it works out!

talonsblade (author)talonsblade2008-05-15

great instuctables though, those fitted sheets always bug me to death, i like i straight linen closet and they always fool it. after i read this as soon as i got home i tried it, doesnt work though

StinkySydneysMom (author)2010-04-26

Haha excellent tutorial, and what a good sport (and also very cute) husband!
Excellent info, I've been wrestling with an almost-perfect "folding style" for a while, and you helped me figure out what I've been missing. Thanks!

Goodhart (author)2009-06-21

I will have to show this to my wife, she hasn't a clue as to how to fold them, and I tend to just tuck and fold until I get it square ;-)

Rob118 (author)2009-04-06

I found this really great video on youtube for a new product called Fit&Fold. It makes folding fitted sheets so easy. Each button is labeled so it makes folding practically fool proof. It only took me a few seconds to fold my sheet! You should definitely take a look at it! Here's the link

sideways (author)2008-05-14

I like to create sheet set "packages" by putting the folded flat sheet and pillowcases inside the fitted sheet. Then I just grab a "pack" when it's time to change the bedding.

MasterOfNone (author)sideways2008-06-06

Funny. I put my poorly-folded fitted sheet and flat sheet inside the pillowcase -- a natural bag to keep everything together in a set.

deomwitted (author)MasterOfNone2008-12-09

Wow!! I also put my sheets and one pillowcase inside the other pillowcase. It makes a nice neat "package" and keeps the sheets from wrinkling (if they were folded right that is) And I agree with you lancmaltby...I so enjoy being able to fold my fitted sheets so nicely. I learned that fold from my mother years ago. Thanks so much for sharing!

lancmaltby (author)sideways2008-05-15

I love the package idea - When I get home tonight I am going to reorganize my linen closet. I just had it set up with all the pillows cases together , flat sheets together and so on - you way makes it so much easier!! Thanks so much!

YummyPancakes (author)2008-11-09

Thanks, My dad made me unwillingly (I was playing a PC game) bring up this page and read it while he stood there trying to match the pictures and getting all confused while I impatiently waited for him to stop mumbling to himself, but I'm sure it helped him.

lancmaltby (author)YummyPancakes2008-11-09

If he needs more help I can give better directions personally!!!! I take great pride in knowing how to fold a fitted sheet and love to help - just let me know.

GrannieK (author)2008-11-04

Your Instructable was very good. However, if you expect your husband to "remember" I'm afraid you're in for a disappointment. Husband's seldom remember these things - how else would they get out of helping around the house? I'm speaking from 50 years of marriage knowledge.

jessyratfink (author)2008-06-14

5 stars! YES! TAKE THAT, YOU STUPID SHEET! I am going to own my sheets next time I do the laundry. I'm so excited!

micah1_8 (author)2008-05-15

Ok, it's sad, but this actually makes me anxious to get home and fold a sheet. I've always been vexed by those things. Now, if I could just find a way to make the flat sheet stay centered on the bed instead of pulling way over to one side or the other in the night...

lancmaltby (author)micah1_82008-05-18

Thanks Micah1_8 I hope you went home and folded all your sheets! Let me know how it turned out!

micah1_8 (author)lancmaltby2008-05-19

Well, first, I put a link to this 'structable up on my blog. Then I went home and tried it. It didn't work so well for me, the step where you add corners 3 and 4 is a little unclear and it took some trial and error. I never did get that nifty neat rectangular shape, but I got something close enough that I was able to fold the sheet up instead of wadding it up. A visitor to my blog commented that he had the same problem. Thanks though, the results were still better than before!

ajmontag (author)2008-05-16

your enthuasiam makes the instructable. thank you for your passion on the topic!!

lancmaltby (author)ajmontag2008-05-18

I do love to fold - I take great pride in knowing how. It's one of those talents that can go unnoticed! Thanks so much!

BookMaiden (author)2008-05-17

This instructable is hoot! It's brilliant. When I was younger I almost had it. Now I see where I was off. Your husband's a cool sport.

lancmaltby (author)BookMaiden2008-05-18

Thanks - My husband is the greatest - Let me know how it turns out with you sheet folding!!

incorrigible packrat (author)2008-05-17

Intriguing! When I'm providing (very inexpert) assistance at folding sheets, making the bed, getting into or out of bed, or any other activity reminding me of the phrase "fitted sheets", I feel a compulsion to utter the following entreaty towards maintenance of linen cleanliness; "Y'all keep yo' shitted feets off'n my fitted sheets!" (No implication of lack of podiatric sanitation should be interpreted here; I just like the way it rhymes)

metrohippymom (author)2008-05-15

I LOVE it!!!! hahaha!!! He's such a ham!

lancmaltby (author)metrohippymom2008-05-15

Thanks - So when I got off the phone with you last night I was very created - you see!!!! I really didn't get much of Cleanfest May 2008 completed other then a few loads of laundry and yes I did put it all way - I promise. Don't you just love how excited he is about learning how to fold...... again!!

Patrik (author)2008-05-14

Wow - that is amazing!

You can't tell, but I have almost exactly the same expression on my face as your hubby! :-D

As an engineer, folding fitted sheets has always been a frustration to me. I have eventually developed my own technique, but this is so much better!

Love the pictures, by the way - your husband is a good sport, ;-)

lancmaltby (author)Patrik2008-05-15

Thanks so much for featuring my instructable!!

My husband can have a very " I am so excited I can hardly control myself " look so I just had to use him -and teach him once again how to fold the sheet. And yes he was a good sport. I kind of stopped him at the door when he got home from his 14 hour day and made him help me! He's the greatest * wink !

TheScientist (author)2008-05-15

you are my new domestic hero (heroine?) either way, i'm actually going to go home and do this :) right after i cook the future mrs some dinner :)

lancmaltby (author)TheScientist2008-05-15

I'm no Martha Stewart - however I do worship the ground she walks on!! I just love to fold fitted sheets - I do take great pride in knowing how too. Wanted to share with the world. Thanks so much for the comment.

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