How to Fold a Fitted Sheet:
Two Ways & Step by Step Instructions

How to Fold a Fitted Sheet

Here at Peacock Alley, we make some of the finest fitted sheets available. Our 100% cotton bed sheets, in classic weaves like sateen and percale, have elastic that goes around the entire bed to ensure a snug fit. And they’re made with deep, 17” gussets to fit over even extra thick mattresses. But what about when they’re not on the bed?

The Challenge of Folding a Fitted Sheet

In the quest for a neatly organized linen closet, folding fitted sheets can be quite a challenge. While the elastic is great for keeping your sheets neatly on the bed, it makes it difficult to create straight, even folds when it’s time to store your linens. Add to this the size of king size sheets or even queen size sheets, and you find yourself wrestling with a huge piece of oddly shaped fabric. Never fear! We’re here to help with our easy to follow step-by-step guide on how to fold fitted sheets.

Our Way of Folding a Fitted Sheet

In the video, we show you our way of folding a fitted sheet. It will provide you the context you need to the following steps:

  1. Lay the fitted sheet flat. Grab the ends of the seam corners closest to you.
  2. Align the corner seams to the seams on the opposite side of the sheet.
  3. Fold the left side corner over to your right hand side.
  4. Punch your hand on the right side corner to create and form a square.
  5. Now that you have a square, lay your sheet flat.
  6. Fold the sheet into thirds.
  7. Lastly, fold into thirds again for a crisp, pristine presentation, ready for the linen closet.

Another Way to Fold a Fitted Sheet,
Just in Case!

Of course, there are multiple ways to achieve the same results. If you’re struggling with getting all of the corners lined up properly, you might prefer this method.

  1. Holding the sheet inside out, place your hands in the two corners on one of the shorter sides of the sheet.
  2. Bring your hands together and wrap the corner that was in your right over the corner in your left hand. The part that’s showing should now be right side out.
  3. Follow the elastic downward with your hand to ensure it’s not twisted and grab the corner hanging in the front at the bottom. Bring it up and fold it over the corners in your left hand. It will now be inside out.
  4. Do the same with the fourth corner, which should now be showing the correct side out.
  5. Lay the sheet on a flat surface. It should be roughly square with the elastic on the top, forming an L shape, just like step five above.
  6. As in the method above, fold the sheet into thirds.
  7. Lastly, fold into thirds again for a crisp, pristine presentation, ready for the linen closet.


No matter how you choose to tackle the problem, the idea is to get the elastic parts all on the inside of the final folded product, so that they don’t ruin the clean, crisp lines when your sheet is sitting on the shelf.