Fitted Sheets – Reed Family Linen

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Fitted Sheets

It’s important to get the right fit, too tight and stretched and your linens fibres will fray and break.

Fitted sheets, you wouldn’t think this seemingly humble item is worthy of it’s waffling on about, but they are integral to your comfort and a well made bed. We are passionate about well fitting and long lasting fitted sheets, and who doesn’t love falling into a beautifully made bed at the end of a long day.

It’s important to get the right fit, too tight and stretched and your linens fibres will fray and break. You also want a fitted sheet with sufficient depth to cover and protect your mattress. We offer a wide range of beautiful colours in percale, sateen and linen union to complement your choice of Reed bedding. Our depth of fitted sheet is a very generous 38cm and we can produce up to 45cm on request.

While the elastic corners on a fitted sheet are helpful for keeping them on a mattress, they make folding the sheets a really fussy business. If you’ve ever gotten frustrated and ended up stuffing your fitted sheets in your linen closet in a big unruly ball of bedding, you’re definitely not alone!

Here are our tips for folding your Reed fitted sheets neatly for your linen cupboard.

Hold the sheet lengthwise by the corners so it’s inside-out. 

Place your hands inside the two adjacent corners of your sheet so that the shorter ends of the sheet are hanging down and the longer sides are stretched out horizontally. As you’re arranging the sheet in your hands, be sure to turn it so that the top of the sheet is facing you.

If you look at the seams on a fitted sheet, you’ll see that they’re sewn in a neat crease on one side and have a more visible hem on the other side. The side with the visible seam is the inside of the sheet, and is meant to go face-down on your mattress. This is the side that should be facing away from you.

Fold the corner in your right hand over the corner in the left. 

Bring the two corners you’re holding together in front of you so the seams are lined up neatly with each other. Then, turn the right corner right-side-out so that it wraps around the corner in your left hand.

It may help to think of this as similar to folding one sock over another.

At this point, the elastic from both sides should be lined up neatly together.

If you’re left-handed, fold the corner in your left hand over the corner in your right hand instead.

While the elastic corners on a fitted sheet are helpful for keeping them on a mattress, they make folding the sheets a really fussy business.

Add the front bottom corner to the top two. 

Pinch the corners together with your left hand, then reach down the sheet with your right hand and grasp the corner that’s closest to you. Bring it up to the 2 corners you just folded together, and tuck it in so that all 3 are folded neatly together.

By folding the bottom corners one at a time, you’ll end up with neater creases.

Bring the last corner up and straighten the edges of the sheet. 

At this point, you should have 1 corner left hanging down, with the other 3 corners all in your left hand. Fold the last corner in so that it’s lined up with the other ones, and use your hand to smooth out the edges that are hanging down.

An easy way to smooth the sheet is to slide your fingers into the fold at the bottom of the sheet, then gently pull and shake the fabric until the edges are nicely lined up.

Place the sheet on a table with the folded corners up. 

After you’ve lined up all 4 corners of the sheet, you’ll need to spread folded sheet out on a solid, flat surface. The 4 folded corners should be face-up in one corner, but it’s okay if the sheet still looks a little messy at this point. Just try not to let the corners unfold as you’re laying the sheet down. 

If the corners do unfold, you may have to shake out the sheet and start over.

Fold the sides in so the sheet is rectangular. 

Arrange the sheet so the seams of the corners create a new corner. Then, fold in the 2 sides on either side of that corner so the sheet has neat, squared-off edges.

When you’re finished, you’ll see an L-shaped fold running along 2 edges of the sheet, with the elastic on the inside of the fold.

Smooth out any wrinkles with your hands. 

Having the sheet on a solid surface will allow you to create nice creases as you’re folding the fitted sheet. Once you’ve folded the elastic edges in to create a rectangle, run your hands over the sheet, including the new creases you made, to get rid of any bumps or wrinkles in the fabric.

Fold the flattened sheet into thirds vertically. Fold the top third of your sheet down so the corners are tucked inside the folded sheet. Smooth out the fabric with your hands, then fold the bottom third up so the sheet makes a long, thin rectangle. All of the folds, corners, and elastic should now be completely hidden inside of the sheet.

Investing in a good fitted sheet might not be at the top of your list, when you think of your bedroom, but this anchor piece allows you to make a neat, straight and comfortable bed to relax in.

Happy Folding,

Karen Reed



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