How To Fix A Fitted Sheet That Is Too Small

Fitted sheets are all the rage for their snug fit, but that also means they’re a pain to shop for. After all, what size do you even look for when you can’t just buy something in inches? It’s not like standard flat sheets where you have a choice of sizes. Unless you have a custom fitted sheet with your exact bed measurements built into it (which we don’t), you have to rely on the manufacturer’s sizing. And sometimes those are off by just the right amount… If your fitted sheet is too small, you’ll notice right away. You might get lucky and be able to exchange it at the store without much hassle. But if that doesn’t work, read on to find out how to fix a fitted sheet that is too small.

There are a few things you can do to fix a fitted sheet that is too small. One option is to fold the sheet so that it fits the bed better. Another option is to use safety pins to secure the sheet in place.

Find A Fitted Sheet That Is The Right Size

There are lots of different types of fitted sheets, and if you appeal to the right kind, you might be able to find the right size. First, try looking for a fitted sheet that has elastic all around it. This is the easiest way to ensure a snug fit. If you can’t find one, try finding a regular flat sheet and then putting it over your mattress and tucking it in like a fitted sheet. If you’re shopping online, make sure to check the product description for sizing information. If there’s no sizing information, send the product back and try again. If an online store has a returns policy, you can send the sheet back for a different size.

Try An Alternative Fix

If you’ve tried everything and nothing seems to fit your bed, you could try to add some elastic to your fitted sheet. If you have an ironing board and a clothes iron, you’re in luck. Turn the fitted sheet inside out, and place it on the ironing board. Then, with your iron set to a low heat, press steam, and a low ironing pressure (usually between the linen and wool settings), iron the sheet. As the steam hits the fabric, it will expand, mimicking the effect of elastic. Now, turn the sheet right side out and try it on your bed again. If that doesn’t work, you can also try stitching the sheet to the mattress with a zigzag stitch.

Sew It Or Replace A Corner

If your sheet is too short, you can sew the bottom hem up to the proper length. With the sheet inside out, fold the bottom hem up about an inch and a half. Then, line up the bottom edge of the sheet with the bottom edge of the mattress. Pin the hem in place, and sew it with a straight stitch. If your sheet has only two corners and not four, you can try adding another corner. First, fold the three corners into the middle so they are even with each other. Then, use a zigzag stitch or a serger to stitch across the three corners in the middle.

Add Corners Or Seam Binding

If your fitted sheet is too large, you can try adding corner binding to the bottom hem. Corner binding is a strip of fabric with a zigzag or binding stitch on both ends. Line up the corners with the corners of the sheet, and then pin the binding in place. Use a zigzag stitch or a serger to sew the binding in place. If your sheet is also too long, you can try adding seam binding. Fold the bottom hem of the sheet up about an inch and a half so it’s even with the bottom of the sheet. Then, pin the binding in place along the hem. Sew it in place with a zigzag stitch.

Buy A New Fabric

If none of the above solutions work for you, the best option is to buy a new sheet. This might seem like a less desirable option, but it’s one that you might have to go with. If you have an exact bed size, you can also consider getting a custom fitted sheet, which will work every time.


There are lots of things that can cause your fitted sheet to not fit your bed, but don’t worry. There are lots of solutions, too. Whether your sheet is too small or too long, there is a solution for you. If you can’t find the right size, try buying a regular flat sheet and tucking it into the mattress like a fitted sheet. If that doesn’t work, try one of the above solutions. With any luck, you’ll be able to wrangle your fitted sheet and get some sleep.

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