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How To Fold A Fitted Sheet: Quick & Easy Techniques You'll Love

How To Fold A Fitted Sheet: Quick & Easy Techniques You'll Love

Despite their difficulty to fold, fitted bed sheets are necessary for a good night's sleep. Anyone who owns a set of fitted sheets knows the inevitable chore that’s involved in folding them. While it takes a bit of practice to learn how to fold a fitted sheet, it's not impossible if you use the right methods. We’ve gathered some of the easiest ways to learn how to fold a fitted sheet so that you’re able to hit refresh on your bedroom quickly.

When it comes to giving your bedroom a little bit of a refresh, nothing beats a fresh new set of cooling sheets. It is so relaxing to sleep on new, crisp fitted bed sheets. According to experts, changing your fitted sheets frequently is also beneficial for hygiene. Even the best bed sheets end up collecting dead skin, dust mites, and pet dander, which is why you must switch yours out regularly to maintain your bedroom well.

How To Choose The Best Fitted Bed Sheets

Before learning how to fold a fitted sheet, it’s important you’re able to figure out how to pick the best bed sheets for your bedroom and overall comfort. Your sheets can actually play a significant role in the quality of your sleep. If you're a hot sleeper, for instance, you might want to think about cooling fitted sheets that will keep you sweat- and moisture-free when you wake up in the morning.

On the other hand, you might want to think about how eco-friendly your sheets are. Using sustainable materials such as cotton or bamboo sheets is important. The best sheets for your bed will also have other indicators of their quality - look for certified materials that you can trust. Puffy sheets, for instance, are Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 Certified, which means you can trust they're chemically free.

Besides these, there are several other factors that go into determining which fitted bed sheet is the best such as the fibre content of the cover. Check the fibre content of the fitted sheet before purchasing. Bed sheets will have a tag that describes what type of fibre they are made from, such as bamboo or Egyptian cotton.

While Egyptian cotton bed sheets can be pricey, the same silky soft comfort is now available in Puffy bamboo sheets. You will be comfortable while you sleep on top of these sheets regardless of how you adjust your position during the night.

Be sure to check the return, warranty, and shipping policies of the sheets you are buying. Quality sheet makers place the needs of their customers first, just like Puffy does. The sheets that you buy from us come with a lifetime warranty and are shipped free through FedEx within 2-5 business days. The sheets from Puffy are also returnable for free, and you will get a 100% refund if things don't work out.

What’s The Difference Between Flat & Fitted Sheets?

What’s The Difference Between Flat & Fitted Sheets?

You might be wondering what the difference between fitted or flatbed sheets may be. The real difference is that fitted sheets will generally include elasticated corners, which make draping them over your mattress securely much easier.

Some people like to use fitted sheets as an additional protector for their mattress since it remains snugly fit onto the bed. Flat sheets are generally used on top of fitted ones, or on their own. While there's no difference in the quality of material, fitted sheets do tend to be slightly pricier than their flat counterparts.

If you live in a colder area, or you have a family with particularly accident-prone children, you might prefer the extra warmth and protection of a fitted sheet. For warmer places and fuss-free clean-up, however, one set of sheets is more than enough for your mattress.

Why Is It So Hard To Fold A Fitted Sheet?

Many people find folding a fitted sheet a lot harder than folding flat sheets, and there's a good reason for this. When figuring out how to fold a fitted sheet, you’re actually folding five separate pieces that are joined together, making it a challenge to get a neat, secure fold.

Learning how to fold a fitted sheet does take a bit of patience, but once you master the basic techniques, it becomes a lot less challenging to do. As with anything, all it takes is practice and some time to get your bedroom feeling just right.

Also, you may not have found the right fitted sheet for your bed, which could be the root of your problem. If your fitted sheet doesn't fold correctly, it may not be because of you and it may be because of the sheet. Perhaps now is the right time to switch to deep pocket fitted sheets from Puffy.

When you change your sheets, you won't have to break a sweat because the pockets are 15" deep. Fitted sheets by Puffy are simple to spread, apply and perfect for mattresses of all shapes and sizes.

How To Fold A Fitted Sheet With Ease

How To Fold A Fitted Sheet With Ease

Thankfully, there are a couple of fool-proof ways to fold a fitted sheet that’ll leave your space nice and tidy in no time. Follow these steps, pick your favourite, and from here on, you will have no problem folding a fitted sheet over your mattress.

Here are some of our favourite techniques:

The ‘Martha Stewart’ Method

On a segment that now has over 3 million views on YouTube, home organization guru Martha Stewart has a top tip for folding fitted bed sheets without much struggle.

  • Stand up and keep your hands inside the corners of one of the shorter edges of your sheet.
  • Move your right hand to where your left hand is, draping the right corner of your sheet to where your left is.
  • You can then lie your sheet flat down on top of the mattress, and do the same to the bottom corners.
  • Once this is done, all you need to do is straighten your bed cover so that it looks like a rectangle.
  • Finish by folding in the edges and flattening the sheet, smoothing out the creases as you go for a neatly folded fitted sheet.

The ‘Marie Kondo’ Method

Speaking of organisation gurus, another person who has taught millions how to fold a fitted sheet with ease is minimalist Marie Kondo, pioneer of the ‘spark joy’ method of spring cleaning.

  • Begin by laying your fitted sheet on a flat surface, such as your bed or mattress, with the elastic seams facing upwards, smoothing out any creases by hand.
  • Bring the bottom side to the middle, and create a straight edge by flattening it with your hand. Repeat for the top side.
  • Once you've made sure your sheet is still as flat and neat as possible, fold the whole sheet in half, smoothing it all the way.
  • Flip it over the mattress, and roll the sheet up - you should be left with a small enough roll to stack or leave in your closet without taking up too much space.

The 30-Second Trick

TikTok and cooking blogger Kristina Burn shared her method for folding a fitted sheet in under thirty seconds. Her secret? Using a table to speed up the process.

  • Begin by laying the sheet down on your table and make sure to have the elasticated corners facing upwards.
  • Continue by holding on to the bottom two corners and proceed to fold them inside out, while tucking them inside the top two corners.
  • Your sheet should now be folded into half - shake or use your hands to smooth out.
  • Once you place it back on your table, take the end of the sheet where the corners meet, and fold it once more but only halfway.
  • Fold the bottom half over the top half on the mattress so that you’re left with one long strip of fabric.
  • You can then proceed to fold the right inward and then the left. Fold once again in half to be left with a neat, clean square.

The U-Shape Method

This is one of the oldest techniques when it comes to learning how to fold a fitted sheet. With a little bit of practice, this is also an effective way to keep your folds very neat.

  • Start by holding your sheet or blanket lengthwise, with both your hands in the two upper pockets.
  • Flip the pockets inside out and turn your sheet such that each hand is now holding the opposite corner of the mattress.
  • Bringing your hands together, proceed to bring the right corner over the left-hand side, so that you can begin tucking each corner neatly.
  • Once you do the same for the right, you will have made a ‘U’ shape with your elasticated corners.
  • Lay your sheet flat, smooth it out, and fold as many times as you might need.

Quick & Simple Method

This technique will leave you with a slightly less neat end product, but if you’re pressed for time or simply can’t understand the folds required in these other techniques, this is the one for you.

  • As always, leave the sheet flat on top of the mattress with the elasticated corners facing upwards.
  • Bring the bottom to the top, doing so horizontally.
  • Bring the left side to the middle, as well as the same with the right.
  • Bring the top side back to the middle, and the bottom over for a quick fold.

Tips For Larger Sheets

Tips For Larger Sheets

If you have queen or king-sized fitted bed sheets, it might be a challenge trying to work out how you might be able to keep your sheets folded standing up. Using a technique that involves laying your sheet flat on a surface is going to guarantee better rest.

Here are some tips to keep in mind when folding larger sheets:

  • Be sure to smooth as you go - Most people forget this crucial step in their rush to finish, but this just creates a more time-consuming process when you're left without a neatly folded sheet.
  • Use another pair of hands - Sometimes, it helps to do things in twos. Ask your partner, or get your kids involved, so that you’re able to bring corners together over the mattress without having to step around your sheet. Plus, you get to teach someone else how to fold a fitted sheet in the process!
  • Keep your sheet on a clean surface - It’s important you clean the mattress surface you’re about to lay your sheet on when folding. Avoid placing it on the floor of your bedroom, or on any other surface that’s going to negate the whole purpose of your bedroom reset.

Learning how to fold a fitted sheet definitely comes with plenty of practice. It’s important to switch out your bed sheets often, but that doesn’t mean the best bed sheets have to come with elasticated corners. Using your mattress size to guide your purchase means switching out sheets on your bed should always be a relatively smooth process.

It is understandable, however, that searching through the mattress guide can be a lengthy process. To solve your problems, we recommend that you get fitted bed sheets from Puffy. These quality fitted sheets come in every size you need and are designed primarily to help people sleep better anytime.

Let’s Answer Some FAQs

What is the main purpose of a fitted sheet?

A fitted sheet serves multiple purposes such as enhancing the look of your bed & mattress, providing comfort to your skin while you are sleeping, and minimising the chances of wrinkles appearing when you toss and turn.

Moreover, fitted sheets are designed particularly to fit snugly around the dimensions of your mattress. So that makes them ideal for a sound sleep.

What is the difference between bed sheets and fitted sheets?

Fitted sheets are one of many types of bed sheets. The only difference is fitted sheets can only be found in one style while bed sheets come in hundreds of different types.

What is the best thread count for fitted sheets?

For best sleep rejuvenation, a thread count of 300 is recommended. Such thread count along with luxurious softness and quality fibre can be found in the Puffy bamboo sheet.

Does the fitted sheet go on first?

Fitted sheets are the key to making a perfect bed. Elastic bands are present around the edges of the cover that help fit the sheets snugly on top of your mattress. Typically, you'll put a fitted sheet on top of a mattress protector.

What are the best bed sheets?

According to industry experts, the best bed sheet for sound comfortable sleep is the Puffy bamboo fitted sheet for your mattress. These sheets are made out of 100% pure bamboo which makes them breathable and keeps them cool and cosy in summer and winter. Plus, you get a 101-night sleep trial, lifetime warranty along with loads of other perks.

Can you use a flat sheet instead of a fitted sheet?

If you don’t have a fitted sheet, then you can use a flat sheet instead. You have to fold and tuck the sheet under the corners of the mattress. Bear in mind, you won’t get the same snugly fit appearance and feel with flat sheets, compared to fitted sheets.

What is in the fitted sheet?

Fitted sheets are made of different fibres. There are typically elastic bands attached at the corners of the fitted bed sheets to help them fit snugly over the mattress. The pocket sizes of fitted covers can range from 15" to 18". Size 15" is the most preferred option from the range of pocket sizes.

Choose Your Sheets

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  • OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 Certified
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • 101-Night Sleep Trial
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