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HOW TO FOLD BED SHEETS NEATLY FOR A TIDY LINEN CLOSET

If you know how to fold bed sheets neatly then you have conquered the first step in your quest for a neatly organized linen closet. This step by step tutorial and video will show you the best way to fold a fitted bed sheet and a flat sheet into a bundle to save space and create a lovely linen closet.

Neatly folded sheets on a shelf in a linen closet

For years I folded my sheets separately and stacked them but one day I learned how to fold bed sheets neatly in a bundle and it changed the organization of my linen closet completely.

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After doing a post on organizing your linen closet I realized it would be most helpful if I shared the easiest way to fold the fitted sheet and how to fold the flat sheet together so when it is time to make your bed all you have to do is grab one set of folded sheets.

You can easily do this with cotton, flannel, or bamboo sheets. We love bamboo sheets at our house. Our favorite bamboo sheets are Cozy Earth. They are breathable, moisture-wicking, durable, and ever so soft. Tap Cozy Earth sheets if you would like more information and use my coupon code for 40% off SUMMERHILL40.

Now, remember this works no matter the size of the sheets. Just this one easy step can make your household chores easier!

How to Fold Bed Sheets Neatly

Here's your complete guide to folding bed sheets neatly.

Let's start by grabbing your flat sheet, fitted sheet, and any pillowcases that match the set. If you have a folding table or your bed, it's helpful, but not necessary. Any flat surface will do.

How to Fold a Fitted Sheet

Begin by putting your fingers in the elastic corners on one side of the fitted sheet. In other words, grab one long side of a fitted sheet and place your fingers on the outside corners.

How to fold sheet sets neatly by putting your finger in the corners of the long side of the sheet.

Put your pointer finger in the corners then bring your left hand and right hand together.

How to fold bed sheets neatly by putting the corners together.

Notice how you are seeing the inside or wrong side of the sheet. This is important because when we are finished the fitted sheet will be folded with the outside showing.

How to fold bed sheets neatly by pulling one corner over the other.

Next, pull one corner over the other corner like in the photo.

How to fold bed sheets neatly by putting your hand in the other corner.

Now reach over and put your finger in the other corner on the outside and tuck it on the inside of the other corner.

How to fold bed sheets neatly by laying the corners down on the table and making a square.

Next find a flat surface and lay the corners down. Then gently pull the sides down and make a square.

How to fold bed sheets neatly by grabbing the other end of the square and folding it over.

Then take the opposite end and fold it over the top of the end with the corners.

How to fold bed sheets neatly

The next easy step, fold it over one more time to make a long rectangular shape. The elastic edges will not be showing, only the straight edges of the long rectangle.

How to fold bed sheets neatly by folding the square again.

And place the fitted sheet off to the side because now we are going to work on the flat sheet.

How to Fold a Flat Sheet

For the next part of the folded sheet bundle is to fold the flat sheet. Some people refer to this as the top sheet. Begin by grabbing the long end and pulling the corners together. Or you could grab one corner from the top of the sheet and one corner from the bottom of the sheet. This can also be done with a duvet cover.

How to fold bed sheets neatly by folding the flat sheet.

Next, fold it again one more time.

How to fold bed sheets neatly by folding the flat sheet again in half.

Then fold it from the other end and place it on a bed or table.

How to fold bed sheets neatly by folding the flat sheet the other way.

Grab the fitted sheet that you have set aside and sit it on the flat sheet.

How to fold bed sheets neatly by taking the fitted sheet and folding it into a square.

Now fold the flat sheet over several times to make a square.

How to fold bed sheets neatly by placing the folded fitted sheet into the corner of the flat sheet.

Place the folded fitted sheet on the corner with the open edges, not the folded edge.

How to Fold a Pillowcase

How to fold bed sheets neatly by folding the pillowcase in half

Next, let's fold the pillowcases to sit in the sheet bundle.

How to fold bed sheets neatly by folding the pillowcase again.

First, fold the pillowcase in half.

How to fold bed sheets neatly by folding the pillowcase another time.

Then fold it again.

How to fold bed sheets neatly by folding the pillowcase again.

Then fold it in thirds.

How to fold bed sheets neatly by sitting the pillowcase on top of the fitted sheet.

And place the pillowcase on top of the fitted sheet that is sitting in the corner.

How to Fold a Sheet Set to Save Space

How to fold bed sheets neatly by folding the flat sheet over the fitted sheet and pillowcase.

Fold the flat sheet over the fitted sheet and pillowcase.

How to fold bed sheets neatly by folding the sheet set to the right.

Place your hand along the edge and fold the fitted and flat sheet and pillowcase over one time.

How to fold bed sheets neatly by folding the sheet set again.

Fold it one more time.

How to fold bed sheets neatly to save space in your linen closet.  Here is a folded sheet bundle example.

And you are finished. Good work! Your sheet set is neatly folded into a bundle where you can sit it beautifully in your linen closet.

Conclusion

Now that your sheets are nicely folded in a bundle it is time to place them in your linen closet. When you stack your bed linens on the shelves turn them where you see the side like in the picture below. With the open ends in the back and the folded sides facing out, everything will be uniform. This will make the stack in your closet even prettier.

Another tip for keeping your linen closet tidy looking is to purchase some baskets. I have one basket per sheet size.

The first time you use this method may take a little longer, but with a little practice, I know you'll be thrilled with the results. It really makes life easier when sheets are categorized by size. But there are lots of popular methods and lots of different ways to organize your life. This guide of simple steps is definitely a favorite of mine!

If your linen closet is not ready and organized for your sheet set bundle I have an organizing 101 post and I include tips on linen closets. And if you want to create a beautifully decorated linen closet check out my using Pinterest to organize post. It is a fun way to plan your closet and then add your lovely sheet bundle.

Another great resource if you decide on a pretty decorated linen closet is this amazon linen closet shopping guide. There are so many wonderful organizing items you can use to decorate your linen closet that is functional and pretty like baskets.

Good luck and I hope this tutorial on how to fold sheet sets is helpful and encourages you to organize your linen closet if it needs organizing.

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HOW TO FOLD BED SHEETS NEATLY

HOW TO FOLD BED SHEETS NEATLY FOR A TIDY LINEN CLOSET

Yield: 1
Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

For years I folded my sheets separately and stacked them but one day I learned how to fold bed sheets neatly in a bundle and it changed the organization of my linen closet completely.

Materials

  • Sheets

Tools

  • No tools needed

Instructions

      1. Let's start by grabbing your flat sheet, fitted sheet and any pillowcases that match the set. If you have a folding table, it's helpful, but not necessary. Any flat surface will do.
      2. Begin by putting your fingers in the elastic corners on one side of the fitted sheet. In other words, grab one long side of a fitted sheet and place your fingers on the outside corners.
      3. Put your pointer finger in the corners then bring your left hand and right hand together.
      4. Notice how you are seeing the inside or wrong side of the sheet. This is important because when we are finished the fitted sheet will be folded with the outside showing.
      5. Pull one corner over the other corner.
      6. Reach over and put your finger in the other corner on the outside and tuck it on the inside of the other corner.
      7. Find a flat surface and lay the corners down. Then gently pull the sides down and make a square.
      8. Take the opposite end and fold it over the top of the end with the corners.
      9. Fold it over one more time to make a long rectangular shape. The elastic edges will not be showing, only the straight edges of the long rectangle.
      10. Place the fitted sheet off to the side because now we are going to work on the flat sheet.
      11. The next step is to fold the flat sheet. Some people refer to this as the top sheet. Begin by grabbing the long end and pulling the corners together. Or you could grab one corner from the top of the sheet and one corner from the bottom of the sheet. This can also be done with a duvet cover.
      12. Fold it again one more time.
      13. Fold it from the other end and place it on a bed or table.
      14. Grab the fitted sheet that you have set aside and sit it on the flat sheet.
      15. Fold the flat sheet over several times to make a square.
      16. Place the folded fitted sheet on the corner with the open edges, not the folded edge.
      17. Next, let's fold the pillowcases to sit in the sheet bundle.
      18. First, fold the pillowcase in half.
      19. Fold it again.
      20. Fold it in thirds.
      21. Place the pillowcase on top of the fitted sheet that is sitting in the corner.
      22. Fold the flat sheet over the fitted sheet and pillowcase.
      23. Place your hand along the edge and fold the fitted and flat sheet and pillowcase over one time.
      24. Fold it one more time.
      25. And you are finished. Good work! Your sheet set is neatly folded into a bundle where you can sit it beautifully in your linen closet.

Notes

Now that your sheets are nicely folded in a bundle it is time to place them in your linen closet. When you stack your bed linens on the shelves turn them with the open ends in the back and the folded sides facing out. This will make the stack in your closet even prettier.

Another tip for keeping your linen closet tidy looking is to purchase some baskets. I have one basket per sheet size.

Did you make this project?

Please leave a comment on the blog or share a photo on Pinterest

Cori

Tuesday 29th of December 2020

Could you show us with a king size sheet. And a video would be great. Thanks!!

Linda McDonald

Wednesday 30th of December 2020

That is a very good idea! I do not have any king size sheets but I will keep that in mind.

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Monday 28th of December 2020

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Ellen

Saturday 18th of April 2020

One thing I do to keep them all together after folding the sheets and one pillow case is to put the packet into a second pillowcase. This is for queen size sheets. If you are doing singles you can put the fitted and flat sheet into the pillow case.

Linda McDonald

Friday 24th of April 2020

Good idea!

Terrie

Wednesday 8th of April 2020

Great post Linda! I fold my fitted sheets the same way you shared but never thought about placing the set the way you did. This would make the linen closet look so organized. Love your tips!

Linda McDonald

Wednesday 8th of April 2020

Hi Terrie! I am glad you found this post helpful! Thank you for sharing!

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