How to Fold a Fitted Sheet the Easy Way!


Fitted sheets are what one calls, a pain in the behind. Let’s face it, that ‘elastic-y’ part is the troublemaker – wreaking havoc on our folding attempts. It becomes frustrating, then challenging, then infuriating, and then a sense of hopelessness ensues and the sheets end up rolled up in to a tight, wrinkly ball and jammed in the back of a closet.

If my description resonates with you, it’s because I know it all too well.  Before learning how to do it myself a few years ago, this is the internal battle I faced with a fitted sheet.  What a pain.  Anyway, the good news is that I figured out an easy way to do it, so here you go!

Step by step instructions:

  1. Start by laying the sheet flat, with the ‘elastic-y’ part facing down. You are well served to do this on a flat surface (like a bed).  Make sure it is fairly flat and all corners are evenly pulled out to create a clean square or rectangle.
  2. Pick two corners to start with (usually the ones closes together) and stick a hand in each corner of the sheet.
  3. Get your hand right in that gusset and your pointer finger right in that corner, that way you know you’ve got the corners where you need them.
  4. Now, take your right hand’s corner and flip it on top of your left hand’s corner.  Smooth the sheets out until you’ve gotten a nice natural ‘edge’ that you can work with in a moment.
  5. You’ll notice the sheet looks twisted somewhat down the middle, and that’s perfectly normal, we’ll fix that right now.  Head over to the other side and repeat the process while naturally untwisting the sheets.  To do this, find the corners with each hand again, and this time reverse your steps.  Flip your left hand over your right hand, and that will get both elasticy corners on the same side. Otherwise, you’ll have a twisted mess.
  6. Now, you have a clean edge rectangle to work with.  Create 2 tri-folds, tucking the bulkier part in first, and then flipping the cleaner edge over second.  Then, repeat, folding the bulkier edge in first, the cleaner edge second.
  7. You’re done – you’ve got a neatly folded fitted sheet, congratulations!

It takes a few times to get it down pat, but once you know how to do it, you’ll never forget – it’s like riding a bike!

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Melissa Maker is the host of the Clean My Space channel on YouTube, editor-at-large of, and founder of Clean My Space (a well-known Toronto-based cleaning service). She's been knee-deep in the cleaning game since 2006. Follow Melissa: @MelissaMaker on Instagram, SnapChat & Twitter!