Easy Way to Fold a Fitted Sheet

Folding fitted sheets can be a challenge.

Folding a fitted sheet is easier than you may think.
The sheet may not tuck together and folding often produces a lopsided lump. Later, when you use the sheet, it is often covered with wrinkles that make it look unlaundered. There is a good solution. Fold your sheet so that it stores flat. This is easier than you think and, with a little practice, your sheets will take up less space in your linen closet and have fewer creases and wrinkles when you use them. .

Launder your sheets and use a fabric softener. While your sheets are drying, make the largest bed in your house so you have a large, clean space to fold. Pull your fitted sheet out of the dryer while it is still hot (this reduces wrinkles).

Iron your sheet if you like to remove all creases.

Fold your sheet in half lengthwise and tuck the corners into each other. With your hands still in the two corners, walk to the side of the bed and lay the sheet down so the fold is near the edge of the bed closest to you. Press your hands out and to the sides and you will notice that the sheet becomes almost square. If you smooth your hands from the center of the sheet toward the pockets, the sheet will smooth out and all the wrinkles in the center of the sheet will be gone.

Fold the side of the sheet toward the center so that your side fold is perpendicular to your main fold. Overlap the center by about 4 inches for a twin size sheet. Fold the other side in the same way. Smooth the edges as you go. Pick up your bottom corners and fold in half or thirds (depending on your shelf size). You will note that your finished sheet is almost perfectly flat.

Things You Will Need

  • Fitted sheet
  • Fabric softener
  • Iron


  • Working on a large bed makes it very easy to smooth the sheets as you go. Once you try this method, you are likely to use it for folding all of your large linens.

About the Author

F.R.R. Mallory has been published since 1996, writing books, short stories, articles and essays. She has worked as an architect, restored cars, designed clothing, renovated homes and makes crafts. She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with bachelor's degrees in psychology and English. Her fiction short story "Black Ice" recently won a National Space Society contest.