Folding any laundry is never particularly fun, but folding fitted sheets is a particularly frustrating, if not fruitless, endeavor.
When we wash bed sheets, we often start out with good intentions, expecting to get perfectly folded linens that will fit perfectly in the linen closet and without taking up too much space. But, when it comes to folding fitted sheets, we too often resort to rolling them up roughly like a snail before forcefully shoving them into the closet, closing the door quickly before they come out again. .
Fortunately, there is another way. Author Sophie Liard, aka The Folding Lady, has come up with folding fitted sheets, in less than 60 seconds. In her Instagram videos, she makes it look easy and even manages the task standing up.
We focus on his slightly calmer method. This involves laying the sheet on a bed or other flat surface to fold, which is more manageable and less forceful, especially when folding king size or larger fitted sheets.
How to fold fitted sheets
Here we share Sophie’s six simple steps to neatly fold an elasticated fitted sheet all the way around, that is, the most notoriously tricky design. It will also work with folding fitted sheets that are only elasticated at the corners. All you need is your fitted sheet – in any size, even super king – and a flat surface.
1. Lay the fitted sheet flat
Lay the sheet on a flat surface with the underside of the sheet facing up. The top of the sheet, i.e. where the pillows go, will be farthest from you and the four elasticated sides/skirts will face the ceiling.
2. Fold once, from bottom to top
Place your hands under the two bottom corners and lift the corners up. With your hands still tucked under the bottom corners (like puppet ghosts!), lift the sheet to reach the top corners. The sheet should fold in half widthwise.
3. Tuck the corners into each other
Tuck the bottom corners inside the elasticated skirt of the two top corners. You should now have a wide rectangle over the bed, with the skirts elasticated to the left, top, and right.
4. Fold in the middle
Then fold the elasticated skirt on the right towards the middle, then the one on the left, smoothing as you go. Then fold the elasticated skirt from the top on both sides, as if you were closing an envelope.
5. Fold again in the middle
Fold the right side towards the middle, then the left side up. You should then have a much smaller rectangle.
6. Fold twice from bottom to top
Fold in thirds widthwise (not lengthwise) folding twice from bottom to top, smoothing as you go. The result should be a neatly folded sheet.
What’s the best way to store fitted sheets?
Marie Kondo, recognized storage expert, suggests three ways to store fitted sheets to optimize the space available and ensure easy access when making the beds. ‘For linen closet storage, we recommend storing fitted sheets folded flat in a stack. In deep drawers, fold the sheet into a smaller rectangle and store it upright. If your drawers are small, roll up the folded rectangle and store it upright,” she advises.
Labeling the shelf or drawer according to bed size will make your fitted sheets easier to grab without having to check individual sheet labels (and potentially unravel your hard work). Arrange them in sets, again by size but also by design, including duvet covers and pillowcases.
Can you iron fitted sheets?
Yes, ironing fitted sheets is not essential, but it can make them easier to fold and store. Plus, nothing beats jumping into a bed of crisp, freshly ironed sheets! It’s helpful to iron fitted sheets while they’re still slightly damp, so don’t leave them in the dryer too long. Start by ironing the two top corners and the top side, before working on the sheet, ironing as you go. If your sheet is wider than the ironing board, fold it in half lengthwise before you start ironing. You can choose to iron the center crease before making the bed, but it really isn’t necessary.