Fitted sheets. Oh, they’re lovely to lounge in but they’re undeniably frustrating to fold. First, a bit about what a fitted sheet is and what it does. A fitted sheet is designed to cover the entire mattress and features elastic bands in the corners that hold the sheet snugly place, allowing for mattress protection and a smooth sleeping surface. When purchasing a fitted sheet keep in mind the mattress dimensions, including length, width, and thickness. A fitted sheet that’s not the right size won’t fit neatly round the mattress corners and most likely will not stay in place.
When it’s time to fold and store a newly laundered fitted sheet you can avoid crinkled chaos with these few easy steps.
Drape the sheet over your hands and 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.
Fold the sheet in half, tuck in the corners, then fold the sheet in half vertically, flipping the right corner over the left to create a pocket. Turn the sheet 180 degrees and create a second pocket up top. (Note that if your sheet has gathered sides you can tuck them into each other.)
Fold the sheet in half again and adjust your hold so that two corners are over your left hand and the other two are over your right, with the folded seam at the bottom; the tucked and gathered edge should be facing you. Once again, fold the sheet in half so that all four fitted corners meet and flip the right set of corners over the left set.
With the gathered edges facing up lay the sheet on the bed and 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 in the shape of a rectangle that can be easily folded in half lengthwise and then folded into thirds.
There you have it: a fitted sheet that fits neatly on a shelf, in a basket, or in a linen chest. All without a lot of unnecessary folderol.