How to Make a Bed With “hospital Corners”

In addition to favoring a mattress of a certain firmness and sheets made from some materials but not others, most people also have preferences when it comes to how a bed is made. In terms of Seinfeld : “fold” or “no fold”.

If you like to sleep wrapped up in tightly tucked sheets, or if you’ve served in the military, worked as a nurse, or worked as a maid in a hotel, you may already be familiar with “hospital corners.” This method of making the bed results in the sheets being so securely fastened that (depending on how you sleep) you can slip in and out of them as if they were an envelope.

If you’ve forgotten this technique or never learned it, here’s how to make a bed with hospital corners.

What are hospital corners?

Also known as “military corners” and “bevelled corners”, this method of making a bed involves securing a flat sheet to the mattress with a series of folds and folds. Even after sheets became widely available in the 1950s, hospital corners are still widely used in medical settings to change sheets on the bed without having to move the immobile patient.

How to make a hospital bed

Here is a step-by-step instruction for making a bed with hospital corners:

  1. Lay the sheet on the bed so that the top of the sheet lines up with the top of the mattress.
  2. Adjust the sheet so that the three sides draped over the edge of the mattress are the same length.
  3. With one hand, lift one corner of the mattress at the foot of the bed. With your other hand, tuck the sheet firmly under the mattress. Do the same on the other side of the bed.
  4. Raise one of the un-tucked corners so that it forms a triangle on top of the mattress.
  5. Take the part of the sheet hanging down and tuck it under the mattress.
  6. Pull the top of the sheet down, making sure it is even and taut, and tuck it under the mattress. Do the same on the other side of the bed.


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