How to Fold a Fitted Sheet

If you’re struggling to fold a fitted sheet, you’re not alone – it’s one of the most common “how-to” tasks asked of us in the Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab. While it may seem faster to roll it up, neatly folding your sheet only takes a few seconds and will help you stay organized and keep your bed wrinkle-free.

Our fiber scientists have tested hundreds of sheets over the past few years, which means we have to fold the fitted sheets over and over (and over again) to keep our lab tidy. The elastic all-around edges certainly make it trickier than folding a flat sheet, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll never start rolling it into a ball again.

Here, we’re sharing our five easy steps to neatly folding a fitted sheet with an elastic all around in under 60 seconds. All you will need is your fitted sheet and a flat surface (such as a table, counter, or your bed).

Professional advice: We recommend that you fold your sheet right after it comes out of the dryer to avoid wrinkles that form when crumpled.


Step 1: Hold the sheet

Place your hands in the corners with the long side of the sheet passing through your body and the top of the fabric facing you.

Step 2: tuck in the corners

Take one corner in your hand and slide it into the other. Repeat the fold on the opposite side. Now your sheet is folded in half.

Step 3: Repeat the fold

With your hands in the corners again, repeat the fold over once more so that all four corners are now folded into each other.

Step 4: lay the sheet

Place the sheet on a flat surface such as a table, counter, or bed. You should see a C shape in the fabric.

Step 5: Fold in three

Fold the edges from the outside to the inside, smoothing the fabric as you go. Fold the thirds again in the other direction. Flip it over and you’re done!

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