Learning how to fold bedsheets properly is an essential element in the pursuit of a clutter-free home.
From fitted sheets to flat sheets, doona covers, and pillowcases, let’s unfurl the secrets to folding sheets like a hotel so you can create the perfect linen bundle in minutes.
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Why folding sheets is so important
Folding sheets is a chore many avoid, however folding sheets properly has several benefits:
- Reduces clutter in storage spaces
- Removes wrinkles
- Keeps sheets in good condition
- Prolongs the sheet’s life
- Prevents bacteria and odour from finding the sheets
By reducing the surface area in contact with other materials, odours and bacteria, folding keeps your sheets fresh for longer. Plus, folding sheets before putting them in the linen closet is an easy way to declutter your home (and your mind).
How to fold a fitted sheet
The elastic corners on fitted sheets are a blessing and a curse. They keep your sheet attached to the mattress, but they make folding fitted sheets a pain.
With practice, however, you can conquer the corners.
Start with the sheet turned inside-out, your hands in the ‘pockets’ on the short edge.
Fold one pocket over the other and flip it over to conceal the corner.
Find the adjacent corner on the long side, then tuck the doubled-up corner into it.
Bring the final corner up and fold it over the others.
Fold in half or thirds to create a small, smoothed square.
Now you have a neatly folded fitted sheet.
You can find a more detailed guide in our previous post on folding a fitted sheet.
How to fold flat sheets
Top sheets (also called flat sheets) are easier to fold than fitted sheets. But even if you think you know the secrets to folding flat sheets, don’t skip this section.
Remember, we’re creating a linen bundle. And the key to a beautiful bundle is a neatly folded flat sheet.
Start by folding the sheet in half along the long edge.
Note: if your arms aren’t long enough to grasp the long-edge corners, ask someone for help or drape the sheet on a clean surface for a moment.
Next, fold in half again horizontally to get a long rectangle with a short horizontal side and a long vertical side.
Now fold the top half over the bottom, forming a square. Take care to smooth the sheet every time; otherwise, you might end up with wrinkles.
Place the folded flat sheet, in a square, on a clean table. Then place the folded fitted sheet in a corner by the open edge.