How to Fold a Fitted Sheet

When my husband and I got married, one thing I noticed right away was that we had different definitions of the word “clean.” Basically, he was happy as long as nothing was growing mold on it, while I needed everything picked up and put away just so. While I didn’t expect him to spend all evening cleaning the house after work, I just didn’t understand how he could live with such a mess. The bed was always unmade and there were always clothes on the floor.


Thankfully, after years of marriage, he is much neater today. While he will probably never be a clean freak like I was during those early days, he has really started helping out more around the house since then. This is partly because somewhere along the way, I realized that part of his reluctance to help came from the fact that he had never been taught some simple cleaning tasks.  I don’t think my husband is the only one who never learned some basic household tasks, either. Many adults – both men and women – don’t know how to fold a fitted sheet, for example.  If they do try, it winds up looking like this:

Fitted Sheet
Courtesy of EvelynGiggles

The Process

It is actually quite simple, when you know what you’re doing. If you were never taught how to fold a fitted sheet – here is the process in eight easy steps.

  1. Start by holding the sheet lengthwise with the right side toward you. The short side should be between your hands, and the long side should head toward the floor.
  2. Bring your hands together and nest one corner neatly in the other.
  3. Bring up a third corner and nest it neatly in the first two. Do the same with the last corner.
  4. Smooth out the sheets so they lay nicely without bunching.
  5. Lay the sheet down on a flat surface. It should look like a square with three sharp corners and one slightly rounded corner. The rounded seam should be on the top, not the bottom.
  6. Fold the sheet in thirds or quarters, so that the rounded edge is hidden in the middle of the sheet.
  7. Fold the sheet the other way, in half, thirds or quarters, so the sheet is the desired size. The sheet should be folded into a nice square or rectangle of your desired size, with no rounded edges visible.
  8. Don’t forget to fold the flat sheet to the same size. If you want to be really neat and organized, store the folded sheets inside the matching pillow case, with the extra fabric folded over and tucked underneath.

If you’re more of a visual learner, here is a YouTube video that shows a similar process:

While stuffing your sheets into a ball and tossing them in the linen closet may seem faster at the time, this method will actually cost you more time later when you have to iron your wrinkled sheets. Folding a fitted sheet is really simple once you get the hang of it, and storing your sheets neatly folded within a pillow case is a great way to keep all of your linens looking nicely organized and wrinkle-free.