All of us have more pairs of shorts then we probably should, which means we need to fold and store them properly so that we can have a clean closet as well as less wrinkles in our shorts. 

There are 4 different ways to fold shorts, and each fold or roll is different and comes with its own set of pros and cons. 

Flat fold shorts if you want to keep a neat wardrobe and avoid the creation of wrinkles and creases.

Use the file fold to keep your drawers very tidy, organized, neat, and uniform. 

The block roll and the army roll are both great ways to pack shorts in your suitcase if you are looking to save space when heading on vacation or a work trip.

Table of Contents

  • Fastest way to fold shorts: Flat fold
  • Best way to fold shorts to save space: File Fold
  • Best way to fold shorts to travel: Army Roll

How To Fold Shorts

Total Time: 3 min

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There are several different ways to fold shorts, and you may choose one of these methods depending on your particular situation and requirements. If you are storing jean shorts in a drawer then you would likely prefer to flat fold them, as this will leave less wrinkles and creases. If you are packing a suitcase for a vacation then you may want to army roll your board shorts so that they take up less space and you can fit more pairs!

To flat fold shorts all you need is a clean flat space. This can be an ironing board, bed, sofa, or even the floor! Follow these simple instructions to learn how to flat fold shorts.

After you wash your shorts, fold them or hang your shorts to put them away properly.

1. Lay shorts flat to fold

Lay the shorts flat on a clean surface, like your bed or kitchen table. I am using my floor to flat fold these shorts.

this is a photo of shorts laid flat to fold

2. Fold shorts pocket to pocket

Fold the shorts in half from pocket to pocket, placing one leg on top of the other with the back pockets/back side facing outwards.

this is a photo of shorts folded over from pocket to pocket

3. Fold shorts top to bottom

Fold the shorts in half from south to north, bringing the bottom hem to the top of the waistband.

this is a photo of shorts folded from top to bottom

4. Smooth out the creases on the shorts after folded

Use your hands to smooth out wrinkles and creases and store appropriately

this is a photo of tall paul smoothing out the creases on folded shorts

File Fold Shorts

File folding is a compact and tidy way to store shorts and can be used in a number of different situations. Learn how to file fold shorts by following the steps below.

1. Lay shorts flat to file fold

Lay the shorts flat on a clean surface that generally flat as well. This will be easiest to file fold your shorts on.

this is a photo of laying shorts flat to file fold them

2. Pinch the shorts waist and fold

Pinch the waist of the shorts and fold them in half from side to side. Try to make the fold as close to be in line with the other side as possible

this is a photo of shorts pinched from wait to fold

3. Fold the shorts upwards 2/3

Fold the bottom hem of the shorts upwards, until it is 2/3 of the way up to the waistband.

this is a photo of shorts folded upwards to fold

4. Fold the shorts downwards 2/3

Grab the top of the shorts and fold it downwards 2/3 of the way.

this is a photo of shorts folded downwards to fold

5. Finish file folding the shorts

To finish the file fold, roll the shorts from one end to the other as compactly as possible.

this is a photo of tall paul finishing the file fold on his shorts

Army Roll Shorts

The Army Roll is also a very effective way to save space in your luggage if you are looking to pack away your shorts for that warm tropical vacation.

1. Turn shorts waist inside out for army roll

Turn the waist of the shorts inside out, exposing about 8cm/2.5in of the inside fabric.

this is a photo of shorts waist turned inside out

2. Overlap the shorts inner seams of the legs

From the bottom of the shorts, overlap the two inner seams of the legs, so that the inside of the legs are now partially overlapping each other.

this is a photo of shorts inner inseam crossed

3. Fold the outside edges of the shorts legs

Fold the outside edges of the shorts legs inwards. The shorts should look long and skinny now.

this is a photo of shorts folded outside the edges

4. Now roll the shorts up from the bottom

Tightly roll the shorts from the bottom upwards.  Use both hands to get a tight roll.

this is a photo of tall paul rolling up shorts for an army roll

5. Finish the shorts army roll with a tuck

Once the shorts are fully rolled, tuck and wrap the shorts into the fold you created in step one.

this is a photo of finished army roll on shorts

6. Place shorts in luggage for travel

As I mentioned at the start, this is the best fold to do if your looking to save space in your check-in luggage or carry on short a short trip.

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FAQ

Turn the waist inside out and overlap the 2 inner seams of the legs. Fold the outside edges of the pants inwards and then tightly roll the shorts from the bottom upwards. Once the shorts are fully rolled, tuck and wrap the shorts into the fold you made at the top of the waistband. 

The best way to fold shorts for drawers is by using the flat fold. The flat fold is simple to execute, and leaves your shorts looking neat and tidy. Using the flat fold is the best way to keep your shorts from wrinkling while in storage. 

You can organize shorts by folding them neatly in a drawer, or hanging them evenly in the closet. You may also organize shorts by color, style, or length, if you want to be super organized.