Introduction: Short Sheet Bed Prank

About: Made in Canada, I grew up crafting, making, and baking. Out of this love for designing and creating, I pursued a BFA in product design from Parsons School of Design in NYC. Since then I've done work for Martha…

This simple prank is easy to execute and a perfect balance of annoying, frustrating, and funny. I'll show you how to short sheet the bed of a friend or loved one in no time flat.

What is short sheeting a bed?

short sheet

[shawrt sheet]

verb (used with object) fold and tuck in the top sheet of (a bed) so that it simulates both the top and bottom sheets: when the victim of this joke enters the bed, his or her legs are obstructed by the fold. short-sheet the bed of (someone).*


Now put on your mischievous face and let's get to work!

Step 1: Take Note, Then Un-build

Take note of how your victim's bed is normally made, as you're going to want to re-make it to look the same once you've achieved short sheetness.

Remove everything but the fitted sheet from the bed.

Step 2: Flip It and Reverse It

Put the top sheet back on so that the end that would normally go at the head of the bed is instead at the foot of the bed.

Go to the head of the bed and neatly tuck and fold the corners of the other end of the top sheet under the mattress. (like pictured)

Step 3: Half It

Now grab the untucked end of the top sheet from the foot of the bed and fold the top sheet back on itself, in half.

Replace the blanket/quilt.

Step 4: ReMake

Now remake the bed so that it looks as close as possible to how it looked before you got all sneaky and stuff.

Step 5: Satisfaction

Here's the part where you walk away knowing that when it comes time for your victim to crawl into bed, they will have a moment of utter bewilderment, maybe frustration (depending on their level of intoxication or fatigue), before having a good chuckle and head shake (if they're a good sport) while they undo all your hard work and plot their revenge...

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