‘Below Deck’: Connie Arias Tries To Fold a Fitted Sheet (and Asks For Help From Favorite Stews)

Below Deck deckhand Connie Arias admits she tried and failed at folding the elusive fitted bedsheet.

Arias begins her video looking pretty confident, but reminds viewers she is a deckhand and not a chief stew. “But I pretty much know the basics,” she said. She says ironing the sheet makes it a lot easier to fold. Arias instructs viewers to turn the sheet inside out and put your hands inside each folded side.

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Clap your hands together to reveal (sort of) a square on top. She says to then turn the sheet upside down to the same on the bottom. Arias struggles and admits she hadn’t done this in a long time. The cleaning lady makes her bed at this point. Finally, she admits she usually just crumples the sheet into a ball, laughing. Along with her video she wrote, “My friends mom asked me how to fold a fitted sheet, and this is how it went… Can some of my most favorite stews post a video to help my dumb ass?!”

This is how Martha Stewart does it

Arias tagged some of her favorite chief stews including Kate Chastain and Amy Johnson for help. She has the first part down pat, according to Martha Stewart.

But Stewart suggests reaching your hand down to the bottom corner and bringing it up. “Next, reach down and pick up the corner that is adjacent to the one that was in your right hand (it will be hanging in front), and fold it over the other two corners; this third corner will be inside out,” according to directions on her site.

Next, “Bring the last corner up, and fold it over the others so it is right-side out.” Stewart then suggests laying the sheet on a flat surface to straighten it out and create the shape. Next, fold the two edges to hide any of the elastic surrounding the sheet. Now you can fold the sheet into a rectangle and continue folding to the desired size.

Why do stews make a big deal about how beds are made?

On more than one occasion, fussing over how a guest bed is made is a topic of conversation on Below Deck. When stew Laura Betancourt arrived on Below Deck during season six, she joked about how guest beds were made. Plus stews on Below Deck Sailing Yacht are often seen ironing the sheets on the bed.

One reason why stews may seem a little obsessed with bed making is that beds on yachts are custom made, but are being made with standard sheets, yacht stew Alene Keenan wrote for The Triton. “If you have ever balanced a mattress on your head while climbing into the corner of a bed frame, or if you have ever had to use a spatula to stuff sheets into a too-small frame, you know what I mean. To cut down on frustration, always know the dimensions of your beds and the measurements of your sheets, and label them,” Keenan wrote.

Keenan offered insight into how to make the perfect bed using standard sheets. Sometimes yacht owners won’t even spring for that all-important fitted sheet so stews have to further improvise.

“A final word about making beds: This is no small detail,” Keenan added. “Stews often spend hours trying to get it right, in spite of design flaws and having to work with sheets that will never fit the bed no matter how hard you try. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of spending money on the proper equipment, so that the small details of the day can be taken care of, life will be under control, and stews will have the confidence to move onto bigger things.