How to Fold a Fitted Sheet

Learn the fastest, easiest way to fold a fitted sheet with these helpful tips. You'll be a folding pro in no time!

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Laundry day is a chore, but it can also feel good. After all, your clothes are folded in organized piles and hung neatly in their place. Some may even call it therapeutic. But wait, there's more. The fitted sheet: It's always the one thing that just won't fold right.

After several furious attempts to figure this puzzle out, we normally give in and roll it into a wrinkled ball to store in the linen closet. However, thanks to this helpful tutorial, we don't have to struggle anymore! We'll walk you through the steps—anyone can do it!

Step 1

Begin by laying the sheet flat, with the corners facing in and the elastic edge facing up. 

Step 2

Slip your hands into the back of the sheet's long side corners, then move each hand down the short edge until you reach the next corner. Pick that corner up and tuck it in the other two corners you worked with before. Make sure all the corner seams are fully inside of each other.

Step 3

Shake the sheet out. Move your right hand over your left hand so that all the corners are on your left hand. You will be left with two straight edges. Lay the sheet on the table with those on top of each other.

Step 4

You will have a rectangular shape. (The elastic lining should be facing up in an L-shape.) Finish by folding the sheet in thirds lengthwise and then width-wise.

And that's it! It may take a few tries to get it right, but once you've got it down, you'll love folding fitted sheets!

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