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How to Fold a Fitted Sheet

Folding a fitted sheet can be a challenging task, but with the right technique, it can be mastered.

In this guide, we will not only walk you through the step-by-step process of how to fold a fitted sheet but also provide valuable tips for choosing the right fitted sheet with Briscoes, and hacks for putting it on the bed.

By the end of this blog, you'll be equipped with a wealth of knowledge to handle fitted sheets with ease, ensuring a clean and comfortable sleep environment. Let's dive in and unravel the mysteries of folding fitted sheets!

Understanding fitted sheets

Before we dive into the folding process, let's take a moment to understand what a fitted sheet is and its purpose. 

A fitted sheet, with wide elastic all the way around, is a type of bed sheet that is specifically designed to fit snugly over a mattress. 

Unlike a flat sheet, it has elasticised corners that securely holds it in place. Using a flat sheet instead of a fitted sheet isn’t recommended, as these elasticised corners provide a tighter fit, preventing the sheet from slipping off during the night. Fitted sheets come in various sizes to accommodate different mattress dimensions and can help to protect your mattress from things like sweat and moisture.

Tips for choosing the right fitted sheet

When selecting a fitted sheet, there are a few key factors to consider to ensure the perfect fit and optimal comfort:


Start by measuring the dimensions of your mattress, including the depth. This will help you choose the correct size of fitted sheet. Ideally, the sheet should have deep pockets to accommodate the depth of your mattress.


Consider the material of the fitted sheet based on your preferences and needs. Cotton is a popular choice due to its breathability and softness. Other options include microfibre, linen, and blends. Each material has its own unique qualities, so choose the one that suits your comfort preferences.

Thread count

The thread count refers to the number of threads woven per square inch of fabric. A higher thread count usually indicates a softer and more durable sheet. Aim for a thread count between 200 and 800 for a balance of quality and comfort.

Elastic quality

Check the quality of the elastic used in the fitted bed sheet. It should be durable and tightly sewn to ensure a secure fit. A good elastic will help keep the sheet in place, even during movement. A fitted sheet that’s too loose just won’t do.

Hacks for putting your fitted sheet on the bed 

Putting on a fitted sheet can sometimes feel like a wrestling match with elastic corners. Here are a few hacks to make the process easier and more efficient:

1. Gather the corners

Before placing the fitted sheet on the bed, gather the elasticised corners in your hands. This will make it easier to position the corners over the corresponding corners of the mattress.

2. Start with the diagonals

Begin by placing the sheet on the mattress diagonally, with one corner near your head and the opposite corner near your feet. This technique allows for better manoeuvrability and prevents the sheet from slipping off the mattress.

3. Secure the corners

Once the diagonals are in place, secure the corners by stretching the elasticised edges under the mattress. Start with the corner closest to you, then move to the opposite corner. Repeat the process for the remaining corners.

4. Smooth & tuck

After securing the corners, smooth out the sheet and tuck any excess fabric under the mattress. This helps create a tight and wrinkle-free fit.

Why it’s important to put a fitted sheet on properly

Putting a fitted bed sheet on properly is not just about aesthetics; it also has practical benefits. Here's why it's important to put a fitted sheet on properly:

Comfortable sleep

A properly fitted sheet provides a comfortable sleeping surface. It stays in place throughout the night, preventing any discomfort caused by a loose or wrinkled sheet. This contributes to better sleep quality, allowing you to wake up refreshed and rested.

Sleep hygiene

Keeping the fitted bed sheet securely on the mattress contributes to better sleep hygiene. A properly fitted sheet reduces the chances of allergens, dust mites, and other irritants accumulating between the sheet and the mattress. This is particularly beneficial for individuals with allergies or respiratory conditions.

Easy bed making

When a fitted sheet is properly fitted, it saves time and effort when making the bed. You can easily tuck in the corners and smooth out the sheet without the need for constant readjustment. This is especially convenient for busy individuals or those with limited mobility.

Lasts longer

Putting a fitted sheet on properly helps maintain its quality and extends its lifespan. By avoiding excessive stretching or pulling of the elasticised corners, you reduce the risk of damage. This means your fitted sheet will last longer, saving you money in the long run.

Step-by-step guide to folding a fitted sheet

Now, let's return to the essential skill of folding a fitted sheet. Follow these step-by-step instructions for a neat and tidy fold:

1. Hold the sheet

Position the sheet with the elasticized corners facing you. Place your hands inside two adjacent corners.

2. Fold in half

Bring one corner with your right hand to meet the other corner in your left hand. Flip the right corner over the left corner while tucking in the elasticised edges.

3. Secure the corners

Slide your hands down to the opposite corners, creating a new set of corners to hold.

4. Fold in half again

Fold the sheet in half, aligning the newly created corners and tucking in the elasticised edges.

5. Smooth and flatten

Lay the folded sheet on a flat surface and smooth out any wrinkles and creases. Ensure all corners are aligned, and the sheet lies flat.

6. Continue folding

Fold the sheet in half or thirds, depending on its size and desired storage method. The goal is to achieve a compact and rectangular shape.

7. Final touches

Give the sheet a final smooth and make adjustments as needed. The folded sheet is now ready for storage or stacking with other linens.

Creative storage solutions for fitted sheets 

Fitted bed sheets can be challenging to fold neatly due to their elasticised edges. However, with a little creativity, you can find storage solutions that keep your linen closet organised:

Sheet sets with pillowcases

Keep your fitted sheet, flat sheet, and pillowcases together as a set. Fold them neatly and place them inside one of the pillowcases. This way, you can easily grab the entire set when you need to make the bed.

Linen closet dividers

Use dividers in your linen closet to separate different sheet sizes or types. This makes it easier to locate the fitted sheets you need without rummaging through the entire stack.

Storage baskets

Use storage bins or baskets to keep your folded fitted sheets. Label each bin with the sheet size or colour for easy identification. Stack the bins neatly in your linen closet or under the bed.

Vacuum-sealed bags

If you're tight on storage space, consider using vacuum-sealed bags. Fold the fitted sheets as flat as possible, place them inside the bag, and use a vacuum cleaner to remove excess air. This reduces the bulk and creates more space-efficient storage.

Caring for your fitted sheet

Proper care is essential to maintain the quality and longevity of your fitted sheet. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

Regular washing

Wash your fitted sheet regularly to remove dirt, sweat, and allergens. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for washing temperature and detergent type. Consider using a gentle cycle to prevent damage to the elasticised edges.

Stain removal

Treat stains promptly to increase the chances of successful removal. Use pre-treatment products or homemade remedies for common stains like food, sweat, or oil. Follow the instructions on the stain remover and wash the sheet as usual.

Proper drying

Dry your fitted sheet properly to prevent shrinking or stretching. Consider air drying or using a low heat setting in the dryer. Remove the sheet from the dryer promptly to minimise wrinkles.

Rotate and alternate

Rotate and alternate your fitted sheets to distribute wear evenly. This practice helps extend their lifespan and maintains their quality over time. It's recommended to have multiple sets of fitted sheets to allow for rotation.

Time to fold your fitted sheet?

Folding a fitted sheet and putting it on the bed properly are essential skills for maintaining an organised and comfortable sleep environment. By following the step-by-step folding guide and implementing the hacks for putting on a fitted sheet, you can achieve a neat and snug fit.

Remember, a well-folded fitted sheet not only adds to the aesthetic appeal of your linen closet but also enhances your sleep experience. So, take the time to fold your fitted sheets with care and enjoy the benefits of a neat and organised bedding collection.

If you're looking for high-quality fitted sheets, visit Briscoes to explore their range of premium bedding options.