How to Fold Your Flat and Fitted Sheets

Last updated on April 15th, 2024 at 12:11 pm

To fold flat sheets, lay them out and smooth wrinkles. Fold in half twice, then into quarters, tucking in ends. Optionally, store sheets in their pillowcase to keep sets together.

To fold fitted sheets, hold one short side, tuck the bottom left corner into the top, and repeat on the right to form a rectangle. Fold in half twice, smoothing wrinkles for a tidy fold. Practice makes perfect.

A well-organised linen closet or airing cupboard not only enhances the aesthetic appeal of your bedroom or utility room, but it also promotes a sense of tranquillity and order. Neatly folded sheets play a significant role in achieving a serene and well-maintained bedroom or home environment. In this guide, we will explore the art of folding both flat and fitted sheets, providing you with simple yet effective techniques to keep your linens sorted and your bedroom tidy. By mastering the art of folding sheets, you can elevate the organisation of your space and create a harmonious area for rest and relaxation.

What should you do to prepare your sheets for folding?

Before diving into the folding process, it’s essential to prepare your sheets properly. And there are two important steps you need to follow before you get started…

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Washing and drying

When washing your bed sheets, be sure to pay attention to the manufacturer’s instructions – some materials are more delicate than others, and you’ll need to ensure you don’t wash them at too high a temperature. Check whether you can use fabric softeners, which can add a fresh scent to your sheets and help them feel even more comfortable. With bamboo fitted sheets, though, they get softer with every wash anyway! Sheets are best dried outside on the line, as tumble drying can sometimes cause damage. However, if you need to machine dry your sheets, then again, check the manufacturer’s instructions.


Not everybody irons their sheets, so this is of course completely up to you. But if you do choose to iron them, you’ll be left with a crisp, hotel-like finish. Be careful, and don’t turn the iron up too high – or use a steamer instead!

How to fold flat sheets

Folding flat sheets is a straightforward process that yields a nice, uniform result. Start by laying the flat sheet out on a flat surface, smoothing out any wrinkles. Fold the sheet in half, edge to edge, so it perfectly matches up. Next, fold the sheet in half again and then (if need be for your preferred storage method) into quarters. Finally, tuck any loose ends or corners to create a neat and compact package. You could also pop your flat sheets into their corresponding pillow case, to keep everything together – this eliminates the time spent searching for matching bedding when it comes to changing the bed! 

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How to fold fitted sheets

While folding fitted sheets may seem daunting, thanks to the elasticated corners, you can achieve a tidy and well-organised fold with the right technique. Begin by holding the sheet open, on a shorter side, running horizontally, with your left hand at the top left corner. Using your right hand, bring the bottom left corner up and tuck it in, creating a pocket. Do the same with the right-hand corners, so you have a rectangle. Fold in half again, and then again if need be, until everything is neat and tidy. Smooth out any wrinkles and ensure you have a tight and secure fold. It’s as simple as that! You might need to practise a few times before you get it perfect. 

Are there any special considerations to bear in mind?

Consider the size of your storage space when folding sheets. If you have limited storage space, opt for a more compact folding method to maximise storage efficiency – and remember the tip about storing sheets in their corresponding pillowcase. You want to maximise your space as much as possible! Additionally, be mindful of the fabric of your sheets; delicate materials may require a gentler folding technique to avoid creases and damage. If you’re folding sheets for travel, then again you might want to try different techniques to make sure your sheets take up as little room as possible.

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What are some common folding problems and how can you solve them?

If you encounter issues such as lumps, wrinkles, or uneven edges when folding your sheets, try adjusting your technique. Smooth out wrinkles as you fold (or consider ironing/steaming your sheets), align edges carefully, and tuck in loose ends to create a polished finish. If your corners just aren’t fitting together properly, try starting over. And don’t get frustrated! Practice makes perfect, so don’t be discouraged if your first attempts are less than perfect.

Additional tips for linen care

In addition to folding your sheets correctly, implementing good linen care practices can prolong the lifespan of your bedding and help you sleep in comfort every night. Rotate your linens regularly to prevent uneven wear; if you keep washing and reusing the first set(s) you come to, those ones will wear out much quicker. Try putting your freshly cleaned and folded sheets at the back of where you’re storing them, pushing other sets to the front. Then, when you’re changing your bedding, reach for those front sets!

Wash your sheets in accordance with care instructions, and store them in a cool, dry place to maintain their freshness and quality. Try to avoid vacuum packing your sheets, as this can damage the fabric and leave them with a lot of creases. You might also want to add something to the space to help fend off dampness, smells, and mildew. This could be a moisture-absorbing device of some sort, or a naturally-scented sachet. Cupboards and drawers don’t tend to be well ventilated, so this can be really useful. Investing time and effort in proper linen care will pay off in the form of well-maintained, long-lasting sheets. You’ll sleep much better.

Folding flat and fitted sheets

Mastering the art of folding both flat and fitted sheets is a simple yet really useful way to keep your linen closet tidy and create a harmonious bedroom environment. By following the techniques outlined in this guide, you can transform your bedding into neatly folded packages that really exude order and elegance. Just think how proud you’ll be when you’re looking at an ordered, neat and tidy pile of bed sheets! Remember, a well-kept linen closet not only enhances the visual appeal of your bedroom but also helps build a sense of calm and relaxation. Apply these tips, practise your folding skills, and enjoy the benefits of a well-organised space. As the saying goes, a tidy room is a tidy mind – and this should help you sleep better, the way you deserve.


What is the easiest way to fold a fitted sheet?

Last updated on April 15th, 2024 at 12:11 pm

The easiest way involves four simple steps:

(1) Hold the sheet inside out, placing your hands in two adjacent corners.

(2) Bring your hands together, folding one corner over the other.

(3) Repeat with the opposite corners to form a rectangle.

(4) Lay the sheet on a flat surface, fold in the elastic edges, and continue folding until you reach the desired size.

Can I fold flat and fitted sheets together for storage?

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You can fold them together to save space and keep matching sets organized. Fold both sheets to a similar size and then wrap them inside one of the matching pillowcases.

How do I avoid wrinkles when folding sheets?

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To minimize wrinkles, fold the sheets shortly after they come out of the dryer while they’re still slightly warm. As you fold, smooth them out on a flat surface, like a bed or table.

What's the best way to store sheets after folding?

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Store sheets in a cool, dry place, such as a closet, drawer, or shelf. To keep them together and protect them from dust, consider placing them inside a pillowcase from the same set.

Is there a method to fold sheets to save space?

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To save space, tightly fold the sheets into a rectangle, then continue folding into smaller squares until you achieve a compact size. Vertical storage or filing methods in your linen closet can also save space.

Are there any tools or accessories that can help with folding sheets?

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While no special tools are necessary, some find that using a folding board or a flat, clean surface can help achieve neater folds. The key is to smooth the fabric as you fold to minimize wrinkles and bulk.

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