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We at Remodelista are on a mission to resurrect the lost art of the well-made bed. Lesson one: square corners (sometimes known as hospital corners when the fold is diagonal).
My grandfather, a WWII vet, taught me all I know about bed-making, including proper square corners. My favorite part of helping him was testing his regulation-tight tuck by bouncing a quarter off the bed. Now, though I prefer a slightly more relaxed tuck, I’m no less fastidious.
Here is my grandfather’s technique for making square corners.
Above: Make sure you have enough sheet at the top for a generous fold-down.
Before you tuck anything in, it’s important to know how much sheet you will be tucking in. You definitely don’t want to perform this whole tuck exercise only to find that you’ve left too little or too much sheet at the head of the bed. So first:
Note: Since most sheet sets now come with a fitted bottom sheet, this tutorial only deals with the top sheet. However, if your bottom sheet is not fitted, simply apply our square-corner directions to all four corners of the bottom sheet.
Above: The top sheet is securely tucked in at the foot of the bed.
Above: Detail of Step 4.
Above: Depending on how you’ve lifted the edge of the sheet, you will get either a more square or diagonal fold. Both are acceptable.
Above: With their neat, clean lines, square corners make you look like a bed-making pro.
Above: A side angle shows the crisp edge.
Above: Now our properly sheeted bed is ready for blankets and pillows.