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IN PHOTOS: How To Fold A Fitted Sheet

Ace this tricky household chore in six easy steps!

Photography: Crate & Barrel (Main Photo)

Folding a fitted sheet properly is the household equivalent of untying the Gordian knot—there comes a point where you think it couldn’t be done! If you find yourself folding your sheet into a crumpled little mess, use our step-by-step guide with photos on how to master the perfect fold. 

Sheet up.

Hold the sheet up, inside out by placing your hands in its two adjacent corners, both hands tucked underneath the elastic portion.

Corner in.

Bring the corner on your right hand to the one on your left; folding the first over the latter. This now puts the sheet in a right-side position.

Pick up.

Now pick up the third corner and fold it over the first two (fold is inside-out).

Straighten out.

Next, straighten the sheet out into the shape above, with the elastic portion on top. Lay it flat.

Make it three.

Fold into three parts. Create a large rectangle with straight sides. Hide the elastic portion by folding in that side first.


Keep folding until you form a neat, flat rectangle in the size you want.

PHOTOS: Dakila Angeles (Step-by-step guide) | Crate & Barrel (Main)

Read the original article ("Know How: How To Fold A Fitted Sheet") in the October 2004 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details.

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