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Flat and Fitted: How to Fold Bed Sheets

So, you've switched out your mattress and transformed your pre-bedtime routine, two of the top recommendations for improving sleep. Yet, you still can't seem to get a good night's rest.

What gives? 

Believe it or not, your sheets and pillowcases may be to blame for your tossing and turning.

Don't stress, though, because doing something as simple as learning how to fold bedsheets can make all the difference.

Want your bed to feel like a 5-star hotel every time you tuck yourself in? Then you've got to check out our top tips for folding your sheets and pillowcases like a pro. 

Why You Need to Know How to Fold Bed Sheets

According to a study from the National Sleep Foundation, 7 in 10 people say they sleep better on clean sheets.

Some chalked this up to the calming scent of clean linen. Others suggested that the allergens in dirty sheets prevent deep sleep. 

Whatever the exact reason, it's clear that fresh sheets help people sleep better.

So, how do you keep your sheets feeling new for as long as possible? Changing your sheets and washing them often can help. So, too, can learning how to fold bed sheets. 

How to Fold Flat Sheets, Fitted Sheets, and Pillowcases

Proper folding keeps your sheets in good shape for longer. That way, you can drift off to sleep faster and for a better night's rest

You've got to do more than fold your flat sheet and pillowcases, though. You need to learn how to fold fitted sheets, too.

Fitted sheets are the elasticated linens that cover your mattress, and they can be a real headache to fold right. 

Without further ado, let's dive into folding 101.  

How to Fold a Flat Sheets

Folding a flat sheet is simple since it has no elasticated edge. To begin, grab your fitted sheet and a flat surface.

Grab the top of the sheet, which you can usually recognize by the manufacturer's tag or a sewed-in panel. 

First, fold the sheet in half lengthwise so that the top of the sheet is lined up corner-to-corner.

Ensure the fold is as tight as possible by placing your finger inside the little pocket of the fold. 

Using the same technique as before, fold the sheet in half widthwise. The top panel or tag should now be aligned with the bottom edge of the sheet.

Place the rectangle on a flat surface, smoothing over the edges to ensure a clean crease every time.

Next, you'll repeat the previous steps. Fold the rectangle in half lengthwise, aligning the corners and edges each time and smoothing them out.

Fold it in half widthwise again and smooth out the corners. 

Keep folding until you've reached your desired size for easy storage. Now, it's time for the hard part: folding your fitted bed sheet.

How to Fold a Fitted Sheets

Now for the hard part: folding your fitted sheets. First, grab your fitted sheet and a flat surface.

Turn the fitted sheets inside out, so you can see the elasticated edges. Then, bring two corners of the same side together, folding one over the other lengthwise.

At this point, the two corner pieces should be laying one over the other. Now, grab the end that's hanging down at your feet.

Fold it width-wise, bringing the bottom two corners up to the top corners and turning one over the other.

By now, all four corners of the fitted sheet should be in one hand. Place the sheet on a flat surface, with the corners facing upward. The sheet should look like a rectangle.

Next, fold one elasticated side in. This should create a clean, straight crease on the longest part of the rectangle.

Repeat this with the other elasticated side, creating a straight crease on the shorter part of the rectangle.

To finish folding your elasticated sheet, fold the straight-edged rectangle into a small square like you would a flat sheet.

You're all finished, but don't forget about the pillowcases!

Don't Forget the Pillowcases!

Folding pillowcases and pillow protectors is super simple, especially using the bifold technique to reduce wrinkles.

Considering their smaller size, pillowcases are even easier to fold than flat bedsheets. 

To start folding, grab your pillowcases and an optional flat surface. Since pillowcases are much smaller, you may not need it.

Then, grab your first pillowcase by the opening. 

Fold the edges of the pillowcase inward lengthwise, creating a bifold of evenly-matched fabric pieces.

All you have left to do is fold the rectangle into another bifold, creating a perfectly symmetrical square. 

Where to Store Your Neatly-Folded Bedding

A crisp set of well-folded sheets is all well and good. If you don't store those beauties correctly, though, your efforts to improve your sleep are for naught. 

Make sure to keep linens stored indoors at all times. Keeping them in your garage or an outdoor storage shed can subject even the finest fabrics to pests, mildew, and mold.

A linen closet is ideal for storage, but under the bed or in a chest of drawers is also a great option. 

You can also store your linens on any indoor flat surface as long as you protect them with a vacuum bag or linen bag. 

To keep sheets smelling great weeks after they're washed, store a sachet of potpourri with your sheets.

Cedarwood also keeps clothing smelling fresh. Plus, it offers the added benefit of repelling any unwanted insects. 

Whether you're storing your sheets for the season or until it's time to change your bedding again, you need to use these storage hacks. 

Need New Sheets?

Sometimes, knowing how to fold bed sheets isn't enough. You also need to know when it's time to toss the old ones and pick up a new set of bedsheets, too. 

That's where Nest Bedding comes in.

Are you looking for a new set of sheets to improve the way you sleep?

Check out our sheet sets and duvets to discover the bedding you've been dreaming about!

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