Man says you’ve been putting your bedsheets on wrong

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‘Who’s been lying to me all these years?’: Man says you’ve been putting your bed sheets on wrong (updated)

'How old were you when you realized?'


Melody Heald


Posted on Mar 8, 2024   Updated on Mar 15, 2024, 2:14 pm CDT

While flat sheets do serve a purpose—they keep duvet covers protected as they are meant to separate you from it—many people have given up on them and simply use a fitted sheet and duvet.

However, for those who are devoted to their flat sheets—you’re probably doing it wrong. In a TikTok video with over 830,000 views, user @creat1vemind0021 shared the “correct way” to put on flat bed sheets. “How old were you when you realized the sheets were supposed to go inside out?” the content creator, who boasts 94,000 followers, asked.

He demonstrated by showing a patterned sheet on a bed that was face down—the pattern facing the fitted sheet rather than the duvet. “They’re more comfortable,” he exclaimed. The sheet should then be folded over the top of the duvet to showcase the pattern.

@creat1vemind0021 said the revelation came after a professional cleaner cleaned his house.

“She turned the sheet inside out,” he explained. “Who’s been lying to me all these years?”

The content creator continued to be flabbergasted after the filming of his video commenced. He shared in the caption, “Literally shocked how much of a difference this made with some of our sheets.”

@creat1vemind0021 Literally shocked how much of a difference this made with some of our sheets #sheets #makingthebed #creativemind0021 #lies ♬ original sound – They call me CREATIVE 😏

The Daily Dot reached out to @creat1vemind0021 via Instagram direct message and TikTok comment. Some viewers shared that they already knew this.

“My mom & grandma taught me this. when you make bed and ‘fold it down’ you see the good side of the sheet,” one viewer said.

“Ive actually always known this. Blows everyones mind when I tell them. Game changer!” a second commented.

“Sorry to tell you, but your mother sucks if you didn’t already know that,” a third who wasn’t afraid to pull punches, said.

However, others shared that they are anti-flat sheet people in general and have no need for this knowledge.

“I don’t even use the flat sheets too much work to put them on,” one user said.

“Um I gave up the flat sheet years ago,” a second remarked.

Update 2:14pm CT, March 15: During an interview with The Daily Dot, @creat1vemind0021 shared how laying the flat sheet inside out made a difference.

“Most of the sheets we have are softer on the pattern side and therefore it’s more comfy to lay down on and more inviting,” he shared via TikTok direct message.

He said he’d been putting the flat sheet on “wrong” for a few decades and was confused as to why the house cleaner put it on inside out.

“I noticed it with the bed turned down but it wasn’t until she put a set of sheets on the bed that were a gift and we had tried them initially and thought they felt rough. But when she flipped them over, they were actually really nice,” he said. “I’m not sure if it is the correct way, but I will continue to put my sheets inside out now.”

Furthermore, @creat1vemind0021 addressed commenters who believed the inside-out flat sheet was for appearance rather than comfort.

“I thought it was interesting how many people disagreed with my comment about comfort, stating it was for the aesthetic. I don’t disagree with the aesthetic but I was trying to point out that some sheets have different textures on each side and therefore may be more comfortable,” he added.

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*First Published: Mar 8, 2024, 1:00 am CST