Fit to be Tied When it Comes to Folding a Fitted Sheet?

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.

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.)

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

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Go by the Numbers When You Buy: Essential Home Décor Measurements


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When it comes to home decorating, the number of choices can be mind numbing:  How much? How little? How high? How wide? But if you get these important measurements right, you’ll end up with a home interior that adds beauty, comfort, and style to your life. Tenfold.

Light Fixtures

No more banging your head on a too-low light (or banging your head against the wall trying to figure out the correct height!). Add the length and width of the room in feet; the resulting number is, in inches, what  the diameter of the light fixture should be. For example, a 20 x 20 room requires a light fixture that’s 40 inches wide.

Curtain Height

When it comes to hanging curtains easily, things are looking up:  Mount curtains as high as possible if you want to give the room more height; allow curtains to break 1 1/2 inches on the floor.

Kitchen Island

Opt for a kitchen island that’s about 38 inches high (slightly taller than your countertops). This allows for an area that accommodates both comfortable seating and easy food prep.

Light Switches

For easy access, install light switches 1 1/2  to 2 inches to the side of door trim and 36 inches above the floor.

Paint Coverage

Don’t paint yourself into a corner and come up short when you’re changing wall color:  One gallon of paint usually covers about 400 square feet of wall.

Dining Room Table

Food for thought:  If you prefer a rectangular dining table choose one that’s approximately 36 inches wide, which is ideal for conversation. If you opt for a round table, a diameter of 48 inches seats six while 60 inches will comfortably accommodate eight standard dining chairs.

Picture Hanging

Neck strain from gazing at artworks hung too high on the wall? You can nail the right picture position with this easy rule: Hang artworks at 57 inches on the center. This means that the center of your artwork measures 57 inches up from the floor.

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