How to Fix Bed Sheets That Are Too Large

Whatever size bed you have, it's important to buy the correct size of sheets to ensure a snug fit. Some sheets differ in size, and even if you buy a sheet set for your size of bed, the sheets might be too large. Instead of going through the hassle of returning them and buying another, or trying to sew them smaller, you can shrink them to the appropriate size at home.

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One or more laundry cycles can shrink your sheets to size.

Step 1

Place the bed sheets in your washing machine and run them on a hot cycle.

Step 2

Remove the bed sheets from the washing machine upon completion of the cycle and place them in the dryer. Run the dryer on a hot cycle until the sheets are fully dry.

Step 3

Make the bed with the bed sheets to determine if the fitted sheet and flat sheet are the correct size. If they are still too large, run them through another washer and dryer cycle, which shrinks them slightly.


William McCoy

Toronto-based journalist William McCoy has been writing since 1997, specializing in topics such as sports, nutrition and health. He serves as the Studio's sports and recreation section expert. McCoy is a journalism graduate of Ryerson University.