Say goodbye to your crinkly, balled-up linens with this quick and easy method for how to fold a fitted sheet.

Learning how to fold a fitted sheet is like riding a bicycle: Both tasks can seem overly complicated at first, but once you've done them smoothly, they become second nature. If you've got riding a bike down pat but still a little help with folding a fitted sheet, we're here to provide those figurative training wheels for a little longer. Below are the four steps that will get you from crinkled heap to crisply-folded fitted sheet.

What You Need

  • Fitted Sheet
  • Flat Surface

Follow These Steps

  1. Drape the Fitted Sheet Over Your Hands
    With the top two corners inside out and the elastic edge facing you, hold the fitted sheet with one hand in each of the top corners.
  2. Fold the Fitted Sheet in Half and Tuck in the Corners
    Fold the fitted sheet in half vertically, flipping the right corner over the left to create a pocket. Turn the bed sheet 180 degrees and create a second pocket up top. (If your folded sheet has gathered sides, tuck them into each other.)
  3. Fold the Fitted Sheet in Half Again
    Readjust your hold so there are two corners over your left hand and the other two over your right, with the folded seam at the bottom and the tucked and gathered edge facing you. Fold the sheet in half once more so that all four fitted corners meet, and flip the right set of corners over the left set.
  4. Lay the Folded Sheet on the Bed
    With the gathered edges facing up, fold the longer part of the curved edge in toward the center a few inches to create a straight edge. The sheet should now be a rectangle. Fold in half lengthwise, then fold into thirds.

    Tip: To prevent wrinkles, fold your fitted sheets right out of the dryer while they’re still warm. You can also prevent wrinkles with a little gadget that holds the fitted sheets taut. If you need help figuring out where to put your now pristine folded fitted here, this is exactly how you should organize your linen closet.

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