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Video:Folding Flat and Fitted Sheets

with Jennifer DeCristofano

Sheets can seem big and awkward while you are trying to fold them, but these tips will help you fold both flat and fitted sheets so they stay wrinkle-free.See Transcript

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Transcript:Folding Flat and Fitted Sheets

Hi! I'm Jennifer DeCristofano for About.com Home. Folding bed sheets can feel pretty awkward when you're folding the bed sheets without another person to help you, so today I'm going to show you some of the best ways to fold both a fitted and a flat bed sheet so that it looks perfect every time.

Wrinkle-free Sheets

One helpful tip when trying to make sure your sheets look great every time, is to try and keep them wrinkle free from the time you fold them. You can do this by making sure you pull the sheets out of the dryer and fold them while they're still warm. In our laundry basket we have both a fitted and a flat full-size bed sheet that just came out of the dryer. So lets fold the fitted bed sheet first.

Folding Fitted Sheets

First, while keeping the sheet in the basket so you don't drop any portion of the sheet on the floor, grab all four corners, then slip your hand into the top and bottom corners of the right side of the sheet. With one hand inside each of the corners, fold the sheet in half, with right sides together. Then, slip each of the corners into the bottom corners on the left side of the sheet, like this.

Next, lay the sheet on the bed, a table, or nearby counter-top. Arrange and fold the corners neatly. Now, turn in the selvage edges enough to make 4 straight sides.

Once you have that done, fold the sheet in half, so that all four corners are stacked together. Then fold the sheet in thirds, and then in half again. By the end, your sheet should be in a compact, neat square.

Folding Flat Sheets

Folding a flat sheet is similar to the fitted sheet, only a little easier. To this, once again, leave the majority of the sheet in your laundry basket at first. Then, find the top two corners and match them up with the bottom two corners. Then fold in half so all four corners meet.

Next, lay the sheet on the bed, a table, or nearby counter-top. Once you have that done, fold the sheet in half, then in half again so that all four corners are stacked together and the sheet is in a long strip.

Then fold the long strip in half, then in half again, and again you can fold it in thirds, depending on the size of the sheet. By the end, your sheet should be in a compact, neat square. For both sheets, smooth each sheet out with your hands and there you have it! They're ready to be placed on the shelf.

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