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Mitering a Sheet

Mitering a sheet bottom keeps it snug and sharp beneath the bed covers.

Excerpted from Houseworks, by Cynthia Townley Ewer

Step 1

Center the flat sheet on the bed, and tuck the bottom of the sheet underneath the mattress. Grab the trailing edge of the sheet, about 2 feet from the corner of the sheet, to make a 45-degree angle away from the mattress corner and pull toward you.

Mitering Sheet Bottom Keeps It Snug and SharpHouseworks ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2010

Step 2

Still holding on to the sheet, pull it up vertically to form a triangle (the sheet should fold at a 45-degree angle).

Fold Sheet Corner at 45 Degree AngleHouseworks ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2010

Step 3

Lay the triangle of sheet onto the bed, then tuck the bottom part of the sheet under the mattress. Building in this tucked fabric is the secret to a well-mitered, taut-fitting sheet.

Tuck Folded Corner of Sheet Under MattressHouseworks ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2010

Step 4

Drop the triangle of sheet down toward the floor, then tuck it under the mattress to form a mitered corner. Smooth the hanging sheet bottom underneath the mattress, all the way to head of the bed. Repeat on the other side of the bed.

Make Mitered Corner on Each End of MattressHouseworks ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2010


Designate a color, pattern or style of sheet for each bed, and you’ll know at a glance which belongs to which.

Excerpted from Houseworks, by Cynthia Townley Ewer

Text Copyright © 2006, 2010, Cynthia Townley Ewer, extracts from Houseworks, reproduced with permission from Dorling Kindersley Limited

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