Taking good care of your bed linens, just like taking proper care of your mattress, is part of creating a perfect environment for sleep. It can be difficult to nicely fold a fitted sheet for storage, however.
As tempting as it might be to simply roll your sheet in a ball or haphazardly lump it into a pile, learn how to fold a fitted sheet and you’ll be rewarded with smooth and wrinkle-free slumber.
Here’s how you do it.
1. Drape your sheet over your hands.
Start with the top 2 corners of your sheet inside out and with the elastic edge facing you. Hold your fitted sheet with one hand inside each of the top 2 corners.
2. Fold your sheet in half and tuck in the corners.
You’ll want to fold your fitted sheet in half vertically. Flip the right sheet corner over the left, so that you create a pocket. Then, turn the sheet a whole 180 degrees to create a second pocket on the top. If you have a sheet with gathered sides, you’ll need to tuck them into one another.
3. Fold your sheet in half again.
It’s time to readjust the hold on your sheet so 2 corners drape over your left hand and the other 2 drape over your right. The folded seam at the bottom of the sheet should be on the bottom, and the edge that’s tucked and gathered should be facing you. Now, fold the sheet in half again so all 4 fitted corners come together. Flip the right 2 corners over the left 2 corners.
4. Set the sheet on your bed.
Fold the long side of the curved sheet edge toward the center just a couple of inches (the gathered edges should be facing upward).This creates a new single straight edge. You should now have your sheet in a rectangle. Fold this in half again, lengthwise, and then fold it into thirds.
As a tip, to avoid most or all wrinkles, you should fold your sheets right as they come out of the dryer if you don’t line dry them.