How to Fold a Fitted Sheet
There are not many household items that are more frustrating than elastic border fitted sheets. On the bed, they work great. In the closet, they’re a nightmare.
Trying to fold a fitted sheet is the adult version of the kids toy that teaches you a square peg doesn’t fit in a round hole. It’s designed to test patience, induce anxiety and destroy self-confidence.
Folding a deformed oval into a tidy rectangle is not meant to happen. The closest I ever got was a triangle and I was pretty happy with it. Usually, it’s a big mess that doesn’t fit the description of any defined shape. Conveniently, that makes it very easy to spot in the closet when you need it.
The scale of this problem got me wondering if there are scientists somewhere, working on a mathematical model to describe the shape of a fitted sheet, so they can ultimately solve the problem of folding it. If there are not, there should be. I like to believe our brightest minds in our best schools are solving our greatest mysteries; solutions that could explain problems we haven’t even encountered yet.
Until then, some people on youtube have some really good ideas.
I watched about a dozen videos on this topic and most have slightly different solutions. The video I have selected for you to watch is all one take; I think that’s important since it clearly shows how to get from one step to another. It’s less than two and a half minutes, and worth every bit.
For those who don’t have video player capabilities, I can’t explain it better than you can see it, so click here for a photo series that also shows the steps.