How to fold a fitted sheet properly

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Due to being in lockdown and working from home, a lot of homeowners have used this time to deep clean their homes. Part of deep cleaning your home involves tackling the ever-so-messy linen closet. It’s as if there are little gremlins hiding in there, ruffling out the sheets and towels once you close the closet door. While there may not be gremlins hiding in your linen closet, it’s messiness can be attributed to improper folded fitted sheets. 

Do you know how to fold a fitted sheet? Well, if not, The Mattress Warehouse is here for you! Our speciality is bedroom furniture products, like mattresses and bedding, which we sell online for your convenience. But it doesn’t stop there!. So, if you’ve always wondered how to fold a fitted sheet, then you’ve come to the right place!

But first, let’s cover the basics. 

All about bed linen

What is a fitted sheet used for?

A fitted sheet is a mattress cover that perfectly fits over a mattress. It fits onto the mattress by means of four elastic corners that allow for a snug fit around the corners of the mattress. 

These sheets should not be mistaken for a mattress protector. You still need a waterproof mattress protector underneath a fitted sheet, for proper protection against stains and dirt. 

Fitted sheets, as opposed to flat sheets, are great for keeping your bed neat and easy to make. Simply straighten your duvet, and you’re good to go!

What is the difference between a flat sheet and a fitted sheet?

A flat sheet lies on top of a fitted sheet on the bed. As the name suggests, this piece of bed linen is a rectangular cloth that lies flat on your mattress (covered by a fitted sheet). These sheets are an extra layer of protection between you and your duvet cover. Moreover, flat sheets add a touch of luxury to your sleeping experience. 

As previously mentioned, a fitted sheet snugly and securely fits over your mattress. With this type of bed linen, it is easy to keep your sleeping space neat and tidy. 

Why do fitted sheets never stay on the bed?

A sheet that keeps slipping off and rising up on the mattress is actually never supposed to happen. If you have the correct size of bed linen, your sheet should stay put at all times. 

Therefore, if your bed linen keeps coming off, use the following tips to troubleshoot:

  1. Mattress length: Make sure that your bed size and sheet size line up. For example, if you have an extra-length Queen sized bed, you’ll need extra-length Queen sized linen. 
  2. Mattress depth: Another aspect people forget to take into consideration is mattress height. Some mattresses come with added height (for example a pillow top). Therefore, you’ll have to make sure to get linen that fits the exact height of your mattress.  
  3. Linen durability: If you’ve had your sheet for a couple of years now, and it starts to ride up your mattress, it may be time for a replacement. With time, the elastic in the corners breaks down and loses its elasticity. Consequently, the sheet won’t fit as securely as before and slip off the corners. Shop bedding online if you’re in need of some new sheets!

Need some new linen?  

Now that you know all about the different types of sheets, you may have realised that you’re in need of new linen. Luckily, The Mattress Warehouse sells a wide range of bedding online. 

We sell flat sheets, fitted sheets and duvet covers in all bed sizes. Therefore, even if you’re in lockdown, you can still get the right sheets from the comfort of your home.  

How to fold a fitted sheet

Step 1

Hang the sheet lengthwise over your hands. With the top two corners inside out and the elastic edge facing you, hold the sheet with one hand in each of the top corners.

Step 2

Bring the two seams of the top corners together. Align these seams perfectly.

Step 3

Flip or tuck the right corner over the left to create a pocket. The right side seams will now be showing on the outside. Do the same for the other two corners.

Step 4

Lay the half-folded sheet on a flat surface and flatten out the top edge.

Step 5

Flatten the side edges and align them all neatly to make a rectangular shape like this:

Step 6

By now, the sheet should lay flat in a rectangular shape, which will make folding a breeze. Simply fold the sheet in half vertically and horizontally, and you should be good to go!

Some tips:

  • Make sure to iron out any wrinkles before you start to fold your bed linen. 
  • To make it an even neater fold, keep your iron at hand and neatly press the edges in Step 2 and 3. 

Fold a fitted sheet!

Now that you know how to fold a fitted sheet, there is nothing that can stop you in keeping your linen closet neat and tidy. Happy cleaning!

Don’t own a fitted sheet or need a new one? Not to worry! Since you don’t have to fear those elastic corners anymore, you can order your bedding online from The Mattress Warehouse today!

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