How to Make Hospital Corners

The bed-making technique of folding hospital corners originates back to the 19th century and the profession of nursing which was built on war-time and the military. With a single sheet, hospital corners were used not only to keep the sheet firmly in place, but also allow nurses to easily change or resize the sheet without causing discomfort to the patient. (Note: The fitted sheet as we know it with its elastic corners would not be invented until the 1990s).

Today, you are most likely encounter a bed using hospital corners at your favorite high-end, luxury hotels. Love that look? Here is a video and a step-by-step process on how to make the perfect hospital corners.

  • Step 1: With your fitted sheet already on the mattress, lay the flat sheet on top. Make sure that it hangs evenly on both sides of the bed.
  • Step 2: Start at one corner at the foot of the bed. Slightly lift the mattress and tuck hanging fabric along the foot of the bed. The excess fabric should now be hanging on the side of the mattress.
  • Step 3: Grab hold of the excess fabric. Lift it up and place on top of the mattress. The edge of the sheet should form a 45-degree angle with the corner of your mattress.
  • Step 4: Hold the fabric forming a 45-degree angle in place. Tuck in hanging fabric along the side of the mattress and let the sheet fall.
  • Step 5: Adjust the edge of the sheet to the corner of the mattress and tuck in.
  • Step 6: Repeat steps 2 through 5 on the remaining corner.
  • Step 7: To continue making the perfect bed, layer with a light blanket, a duvet cover and style all sleeping pillows and decorative sham pillows.

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