Easiest way to fold bed sheets to perfection! 🛏 | 2021 Guide
Do you often find yourself getting irritated and frustrated when trying to fold your bed sheets into the perfect squares or rectangles? Without the necessary knowledge and skill, you can easily end up with randomly-shaped sheets after folding or even a closet with crumpled sheets. Additionally, multiple trials at folding can result in unsightly wrinkles on your treasured sheets; not a good scenario, is it?
Still, getting the much-desired perfect squares or rectangles when folding sheets is much easier than you may think. This guide includes details about some simple steps and factors to keep in mind to perfectly folded bedding.
Have Adequate Space
Adequate space is one of the most easily overlooked factors when it comes to folding sheets. Yes, you can fold them in a tiny area, but that will only make the entire process unnecessarily complicated. Imagine having to fold a sheet measuring six by six feet in a cubicle measuring 4 feet long!
Generally, the space you choose should at least be as long as the sheet’s length. Such dimensions will let you spread the entire sheet on a surface before folding it. Additionally, ample space ensures that you do not knock things over when folding huge sheets. We have all probably had instances where we mistakenly flung a blanket or sheet and knocked over an electronic appliance.
Besides space itself, the entire folding process is much easier when you have a flat surface onto which you can place the unfolded or partially folded sheet. A standard table, ironing board, or another rigid surface will do just fine.
The Fitted Sheet
When it comes to bedding, the fitted sheet is quite possibly the most complex to fold. These sheet variants come with elasticated corners designed to provide excellent fit on mattresses. However, this design also makes the fitted sheet quite tricky to fold since it does not lie completely flat. Unlike a flat sheet, a fitted sheet requires more attention to detail if one is to achieve the perfect result.
Despite the relative complexity, though, here is a step-by-step guide to folding a fitted sheet.
Spread Out the Sheet
If you have a rigid surface with ample space, spread out your fitted sheet such that you can see all four corners. Have the length running on the side closest to you if possible. This will help you hold the sheet better in subsequent steps.
Turn the Sheet Inside Out
With the sheet’s opening facing you, place your hands inside the top two corners while the sheet is upright. Make sure your hands are directly along the seams. In this position, move your left hands towards the right one and flip the sheet’s left corner over the right one until the two are correctly aligned. The two corners should now be on your right hand.
Tuck the Corners
Run your free hand along the edge of the sheet facing your body. Hold the third corner and tuck the first two corners inside. This will leave the third corner facing inside out. Grab the last corner and place your hand inside its seam-line. Move your left hand towards the right one like in step two and flip.
Make the Necessary Adjustments
Straighten and adjust the sheet so that all corners are perfectly tucked together. The edges with elastic linings should be in an L-shape. Once everything is straightened up, fold into halves or thirds, depending on the sheet size.
The Flat Sheet
Unlike the fitted sheet, the flat variant is considerably easier to fold. This is due to the absence of elasticized edges, meaning that the sheet’s entire surface is uniform. However, folding a flat sheet can still be somewhat challenging, especially for beginners. Here are the necessary steps to ensure a perfect fold.
Ensure the Sheet is Inside Out
You can most often tell a sheet’s sides apart using the graphics printed or embroidered on the surface. However, some plain sheets look almost the same on both sides. In such a case, look at the sheet’s seam; they are supposed to be inside. Once you have figured out the sides, hold the sheet lengthwise and fold it into two along the length.
Picking up the Sheet
Place your hands on the two corners where the fold-line runs along. Bring both hands together in such a way that the sheet’s seams are lined up perfectly. Turn the left corner left-side-out so that it wraps around the corner in your right hand. Feel free to switch hands depending on your dominant side.
Time for the Bottom Corners
Pick the sheet’s front bottom corner using your right hand, and then grab the sheet with your left hand on the corner closest to you. Bring the third corner up to the first two corners and neatly tuck all three together. Folding the bottom corners one at a time results in neater creases than folding both at once. By now, you should be having three corners in your left hand and one corner hanging down. Fold this last corner such that it lines up perfectly with the other three.
At this point, you can try to even out any creases with your hands or gently shake and pull until everything lines up.
Place the Sheet on a Solid Surface
At this point, your bedsheet is still considerably huge despite the first folding ‘cycle.’ You still need to do more before you can store it. However, since it’s now smaller than when you began, the remaining steps can be carried out with the sheet placed on a surface such as a table, ironing board, or firm mattress. Keep in mind that if the corners unfold at this point, you have to redo the previous steps.
Fold the Sheet into a Rectangle
Arrange the bedsheet such that the corner seams create a new corner. Fold both sides of the corner so that the sheet gets squared-off edges. Once you have done this, you will note the sheet now has an L-shaped fold running along two edges. Fold in these two edges to create a rectangle. At this point, you can use your hands to smoothen out any wrinkles.
Fold the Sheet into Vertical, Then Horizontal Thirds
Fold-down your sheet’s top third side such that its corners are neatly tucked inside the folded sheet. Smooth out any wrinkles and fold up the bottom third such that the entire sheet resembles a long rectangle. At this point, every corner and fold should be hidden inside the sheet.
The last step is to fold your sheet into a perfect square. To do this, fold in one side about a third towards the center of the sheet. Fold the opposite side about a third, still towards the middle of the sheet, forming a nice square. If you have an extensive sheet, this last step might require you to fold into quarters instead of thirds.
It is worth noting that a sheet’s ease of folding might vary considerably depending on its materials. Silk, linen, cotton, bamboo blend, and other materials all have varying attributes and will feel different when folding.
Pillowcases are significantly more straightforward to fold than bed sheets primarily because of their small form factor. However, do not let the size fool you; these small bedding items can still be quite challenging to fold into perfect squares or rectangles. Below is a guide to getting the perfect fold on your pillowcase.
Have a Clean Surface
Since pillowcases are relatively small, they can be easily folded when placed on a surface such as an ironing board or standard table. You need to ensure that the surface is spotless to prevent the pillowcase from collecting dust or other contaminants.
Place the Pillowcase on the Surface, Detail-down
If your pillowcase has details such as pictures, writings, or patterns on the top side, ensure that these are downward-facing when you begin the process. This ensures that the details are displayed once the folding process is complete. At this point, smoothen out any wrinkles on the pillowcase using your hands. If the wrinkles are too pronounced, feel free to use an iron.
Fold the Pillowcase into Thirds, Then Halves
- Ensure the pillowcase’s opening is facing you.
- Hold it along the length and fold it into thirds such that it resembles a thin, long rectangle.
- Grab the end farthest from you and bring it towards you, effectively folding the pillowcase into half. You can place a finger halfway down the pillowcase to create a smooth fold.
Fold the Pillowcase into a Perfect Square
After the previous step, your pillowcase is still rectangular. Fold it in half, and voila, you have a perfect square. Feel free to even out any wrinkles using the palm of your hand. Lastly, flip over the pillowcase to display the previously concealed details.
Like bed sheets, pillowcases have varying ease of folding depending on the materials. For example, a bamboo pillowcase might feel considerably different from a cotton one due to the significant differences in these two fibers.
Folding your bedsheets and pillowcases is only one step in maintaining them. You might have perfectly folded sheets, but if your storage is wrong, all your effort might go down the drain. Here are some excellent bedding storage tips.
Have the Edges Facing the Back
If you intend to store your bed sheets and pillowcases in the closet, then you may want to have the edges facing backward. This storage has more to do with aesthetic appeal than any functionality, but who doesn’t want a nice-looking closet anyway? With the edges facing rearward, you will have fewer messy edges and folds facing you when you open the closet door.
Consider Rolling If You Are Low on Space
If you do not have that much space to store your bedsheets, you might want to consider rolling them after folding them. Rolling reduces the sheet’s form factor considerably, resulting in significant space-saving.
Stack Sheets and Pillowcases
The easiest way to store folded sheets and pillowcases is to stack them together and place them on a storage shelf. However, if you feel a little adventurous, slide the folded sheets into an unfolded pillowcase for that ultra-neat look.
Consider Using Ventilated Shelves
When storing all folded bedding items, it is essential to ensure that the storage area is well ventilated. This prevents the unwanted effects of excessive humidity, dampness, and staleness. Linen is particularly prone to becoming moldy when stored in poorly ventilated spaces.
Protect Against Moths
Moths are incredibly fond of linen and can easily mess up pillowcases and sheets made from this material. To keep your bedding items safe from these insects, place lavender sachets or cedar blocks in your closet. Their scents will keep off moths while keeping your closet smelling nice.
For some people, the task of folding sheets and pillowcases into the perfect shapes is right up there with the most challenging household tasks. However, this guide is meant to make this task as easy as possible. You no longer have to worry about folding or storing your bedding items the wrong way.