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How to Fold a Fitted Sheet

Martha Stewart Living, October 1997

Folding a fitted sheet can be frustrating, especially when you need to conserve space in your linen closet. Who better to teach you how to fold a fitted sheet than Martha Stewart? Say good-bye to scrunched-up, wrinkled sheets with this foolproof technique for how to fold a fitted sheet.

These instructions are for a right-handed person; just reverse them if you're left-handed.

Folding a Fitted Sheet How-To

1. Stand holding the sheet by the two adjacent corners of one of the shorter edges. With the sheet inside out, place one hand in each of these two corners.

2. Bring your right hand to your left, and fold the corner in your right hand over the one in your left, enveloping it. Next, reach down and pick up the corner that is hanging in front; bring it up, and fold it over the two corners in your left hand; the corner that's showing will be inside out.

3. Bring the last corner up, and fold it over the others; with its right side showing, it should envelop the other three corners.

4. Lay the folded sheet on a flat surface and straighten it into the shape shown.

5. Fold the two edges in so all the elastic is hidden.

6. Fold the sheet into a rectangle.

7. Continue folding until the rectangle is the size you want it to be.

Comments (33)

  • 4 Mar, 2014

    This is easier:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iP66IMO_fJ0

  • 21 Sep, 2013

    Been doing this for years since my Okinawan housekeeper showed me in the 1970s! I turn one corner over my left hand fist, inside out, fit another one over it right side out, then the next one over it same as the first side, and the last one over it, then square it up by folding down the elasticized edges, then fold into whatever size you need - 3rds or 4ths - to fit your cupboard. I just stack it with the cases and flat sheet on top. Martha is showing you it can be done neatly! Love her!

  • 1 Jun, 2013

    She needs to post a video for this. I get it with all the corners, but then I end up with a cone shape with the elastic at the top. For that last corner, I think it's throwing me off. Should the rest of the sheet get sort of flipped as well? I guess either way it made it neater in my closet, but not quite right.Mehndi designs

  • 4 Sep, 2012

    Marci. - don't buy the new deep all around elastic. You won't love them! Also I watched the video and it had to be a regular double as my queen will not do that.

  • 4 Sep, 2012

    Marci. - don't buy the new deep all around elastic. You won't love them!

  • 4 Sep, 2012

    I have always folded a fitted sheet that way (since the 60s) and I find it impossible to get it right when the deep queen fitted sheets have elastic around. Come on Martha, you have to have found a way.

  • 25 Aug, 2012

    This works great for my regular fitted King sheets but it isn't working out too well for the extra deep fitted King sheets that I have because the the elastic on them is cinched together a little tighter and it looks all bunched up when folded. Do you have any suggestions for folding the extra deep fitted sheets?

  • 15 Apr, 2012

    Good grief, Martha. Have you ever really folded a king size sheet. I am sure you have your people do this for you.

  • 15 Aug, 2011

    I have been soing this for years. LOVE IT!!!!! So glad you put easy to understand directions up, now I won't have to have "clinics" on sheet folding! Thanks Martha!

  • 13 Aug, 2011

    OMG! I was in HEAVEN when I found this technique, absolutely wonderful!!!!

  • 3 Aug, 2011

    My way is similar. Insert the bottom corners into the top corners. Flip one set of corners into the other. Lay on a flat surface with fitted corners at the top and straighten. Fold into thirds, top edge down then bottom edge up. Fold in half twice. You are left with a square shape. In addition. I fold the flat sheet top to bottom, then side to side twice. Lay flat and fold in half. Lay fitted sheet on one end with folded pillow cases. Fold flat sheet over all and you have a full set together.

  • 29 Mar, 2011

    It's much easier to take step one, holding two corners in each hand, inside out, then find the bottom two corners, with your hands still in the first two corners, grab the bottom two corners and flip them inside each other. Now you'll be holding the sheet, your hands will be visible (not covered in fabric) as if the sheet was folded in half, then, take the corners in your right hand and flip them over the corners in your left hand. Then it's much easier to then pick up at step four.

  • 12 Feb, 2011

    All -- I too was lost on this one, even after watching Martha Stewart actually fold the sheet on the Oprah show. My sheet still looked "eh". Check out this link (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHTyH2nuFAw - how to fold a fitted sheet like a pro). It is much easier to follow along with, I think, and my sheet looks WAY better than "eh" -- it looks like a folded flat sheet!!

  • 21 Jan, 2011

    Tweak - steps 2 and 3 can be confusing. Replace them with : Use your uncovered hand to do the same thing with the other 2 corners, closest corner first. Then put the tips of your hands together and transfer all sheets to either hand. Continue with step 4.

  • 5 Dec, 2010

    I give in. I need a video.

  • 22 May, 2010

    She needs to post a video for this. I get it with all the corners, but then I end up with a cone shape with the elastic at the top. For that last corner, I think it's throwing me off. Should the rest of the sheet get sort of flipped as well? I guess either way it made it neater in my closet, but not quite right.

  • 1 Mar, 2010

    Hands down the best way to fold a fitted sheet. Is it sad I tried two other popular methods? I prefer this way b/c I can do most of it standing up instead of using a large flat surface the entire time. My sheets are king and I make a square (one extra fold) so it fits nicely in its place. Athene21s tweak is good!

  • 15 Aug, 2009

    Take that hanging corner and slip it over your left hand without turning it right way out. This way, it stays inside out. Then take the remaining corner and put it over your left hand, this time turning it right way out. Hope this helps.

  • 25 Sep, 2008

    I don't think I'm doing this correctly...does anyone have any suggestions?

  • 23 Sep, 2008

    I too have been unable to do this. I have followed the directions exactly and it still comes out in a big mess.

  • 28 Jun, 2008

    This method has been used for my queen sheets for the past years as well. Recently I've even been able to persuade computer geek friends to adopt it via logical assertion! It's the Good Thing I bless each time I wash my bed linen as it neatens up my shelves so beautifully. =)

  • 28 Jun, 2008

    This method has been used for my queen sheets for the past years as well. Recently I've even been able to persuade computer geek friends to adopt it via logical assertion! It's the Good Thing I bless each time I wash my bed linen as it neatens up my shelves so beautifully. =)

  • 10 Jun, 2008

    Great tip! Been doing it this way for ages - works on my King size sheets as well! Very simple, saves space in the linen closet too. :-)

  • 7 Jun, 2008

    Funny, I had no problem at all following these instructions for my queensize sheets. They sure look nice in the linen cupboard all that same size. I printed out the info and taped it to the linen closet door!

  • 7 Jun, 2008

    Funny, I had no problem at all following these instructions for my queensize sheets. They sure look nice in the linen cupboard all that same size. I printed out the info and taped it to the linen closet door!

  • 11 May, 2008

    This isn't foolproof at all, it did not work for me no matter how hard I tried. Maybe it works on SMALL sheets, but not a big queen-sized one. Thanks a heap Martha, these instructions STINK.

  • 11 May, 2008

    This isn't foolproof at all, it did not work for me no matter how hard I tried. Maybe it works on SMALL sheets, but not a big queen-sized one. Thanks a heap Martha, these instructions STINK.

  • 11 May, 2008

    This isn't foolproof at all, it did not work for me no matter how hard I tried. Maybe it works on SMALL sheets, but not a big queen-sized one. Thanks a heap Martha, these instructions STINK.

  • 23 Apr, 2008

    You should see my husband do this. He was the one who originally showed me how, but he's still faster than I am. Zip, zip, zip...and he has the perfectly folded fitted sheet.

  • 25 Mar, 2008

    I cannot believe how well this actually worked...and how easy it was!

  • 5 Jan, 2008

    Thank you so much - this has been the bain of my life - and now I know how to do it - life will be that much easier.

  • 5 Dec, 2007

    A touch of home. Mom taught my four sisters and I this trick when we were young and helping with the laundry. We have been folding this was for over 50 years and at a spritely 85 Mom can still do it faster and better than the five of us!

  • 26 Nov, 2007

    This is one of my ALL-TIME favorite tips. This is such an easy way to get your fitted sheet folded and to fit in your linen closet.