At TIDY, our Homekeepers fold hundreds of sheets a day, so we have more data than just about anyone on how to do this correctly. This guide was built with input from Homekeepers, and looking at the data. We threw in some humor because fitted sheets is a bit of a “flat” topic (yes that is a bad joke, but there aren’t exactly millions of sheet-related jokes).
Overall, there is a good reason folding a fitted bed sheet is hard, and it is because technically it is folding 5 sheets. What is a fitted sheet and why do we have them at all? It is a solution to what used to be done with hospital corners…tightly made flat sheets folded over a bed. These are easier to fold, but much harder to put on a bed, which is why people don’t like them much.
The parts of the sheet we will call:
If you are the type of person who likes to make sure that each fold on the towels faces the right way in the towel drawer, then this technique is for you. This technique will give you crisp, tightly folded fitted sheets.
Warning: People will think they are regular sheets and open them up on accident, forcing you to redo them
The key to this technique is to make sure you individually address each side of the sheet. You might call it “layered perfection”. Methodically move through each side until everything is perfect, then tackle the core sheet itself.
Like Eisenhower invading Normandy, you must first prepare the sheet.
Eisenhower was known for sheet folding and continent invading.
The goal of this phase is to put the corners together in such a way that the corners are securely together, allowing you to fold the rest of the sheet without worrying about them coming undone.
You should now have neatly folded bedding, ready to be put away.
Data Fact: We’ve looked at our data. Folding fitted sheets in this way takes a TIDY Homekeeper on average 95 seconds.
More of a visual learner? Buzzfeed did a video of this technique.
Of if you prefer Martha Stewart, she did a video as well.
The second way to fold is one that we like to call the “Bachelor Way”. No, I don’t mean this kind of bachelor:
I doubt many of them are folding fitted sheets the ultimate way.
This technique is the most straightforward. It isn’t for the “neat freaks”. It’s for people who want to simply get it done. Speed is the most important. The other advantage to this technique is that you can easily see the type of sheet it it, so that way you can know for sure when you are grabbing the sheet. It is not as attractive as the other method.
The thing to remember here is that if you are going for speed, you simply want to optimize to avoid wrinkles on the main sheet itself. The “flaps” are ultimately going to be stretched over the side of the bed, and hard to see.
Here is how to quickly fold the sheet.
3. Fold the sheet in half again, the opposite way. This should keep the “sides” together.
4. Place on the bed.
5. Tuck in any excess sides.
6. Smooth the outside by running a hand along the outside to remove any wrinkles.
7. Fold again as needed.
The good thing about this technique is that it is fast, because you are effectively “ignoring” the sides and because you are focusing on the main part of the sheet you should still get very few wrinkles. This method will come undone more easily, but at least you didn’t spend more time on it.
Data Fact: We dove into our data again, and found that. Folding fitted sheets in this way takes a TIDY Homekeeper on average 35 seconds.
We tried to make folding fitted sheets about as fun as possible. What do you think? Do you have tips for how to fold fitted bed sheets? Also, please add what home guide you’d like next by clicking here.
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