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How-To: Hospital Corners

It's time to put a stop to sloppily made beds and have yours looking so fresh and so clean. Get your hands on a sheet and a mattress to begin, and then learn the steps when you,


  1. Stand next to your bed and hold the long end (the one without a trim or hem) of your sheet with both hands.
  2. Flip out the sheet over the bed, so it billows and spreads over your mattress. Make sure it hangs evenly over all sides of the mattress. The long edges should be parallel to the floor, hanging below the bottom of the mattress.
  3. Snug the short end of the sheet under the end of the mattress, making sure it lies smoothly between the box spring and mattress.
  4. Go to the other (short) end of the bed, and pull the sheet taut. Repeat step 3, maintaining tension in the sheet.
  5. Go back to the long side of the bed and tuck the edge of the sheet under your mattress, creating a vertical fold.
  6. Go to the opposite of the bed and repeat step 5. Tug firmly to make the surface taut.
  7. Presto! Hospital corners.


Join The Conversation
drinkerofh2o drinkerofh2o 9 years
I always end up untucking the long ends when I'm moving around at night. Can't seem to get comfortable when I feel bound into place by the sheet!
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 9 years
i hate hospital corners... i'm longer than most beds, so i find them uncomfortable!
Jessie-M Jessie-M 9 years
I had a 'cadet' upbringing when I was younger and it has been drilled into me how to properly make a bed using hospital corners...though I don't do it often nowadays, as to do it 'properly' it takes a ridiculous amount of the end it is worth it to me though to have a bed with sheets so tight you can bounce a dime on it and creases that look like they were ironed into this day it still makes me uncomfortable to see 'loose' sheets on beds....then again it seems to bother a lot of my friends who were also in Cadets, so I guess we are all bed-making freaks together :)
jessy777 jessy777 9 years
My family owns a hotel in South Texas so I grew up knowing how to make a bed that could bounce a quarter. To this day I cannot leave my room in the morning until my bed has been made. I am also a genius at cleaning bathrooms so they sparkle. I blame my anal retentive cleanliness on my upbringing.
prblms4loki prblms4loki 9 years
I want the missing step please!
sgdish sgdish 9 years
Stacycakes, I'm with you...definitely is missing! Our mother always taught us to make the bed using hospital corners. They really stay put much better!
stacycakes stacycakes 9 years
sorry... healthcare girl here, and i say there is at least one step missing. And it's the secret ingredient. try following directions it won't look anything like picture. anyone want the missing steps?
AmberHoney AmberHoney 9 years
I have a waterbed and hubby makes it.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
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