How to Fold Sweatpants: Make more Space Fast!

This article will make sure you optimize your closet and draws when putting your sweatpants in.

How to Fold Sweatpants

Save Space

Knowing how to fold sweatpants properly will save you a lot of space and headaches. Sweatpants can be very puffy and think due their fabric which keeps you warm. Finding space in your drawers, cubby hole or perhaps suitcase will be a nuisance if you don’t know the ways to fold them. Roll, flat fold, military roll.

This is How to Fold Sweatpants: Make more Space Fast!

Are you having difficulty finding space for all of the sweatpants you have bought between 2020 – 2022?

Or maybe you are finding confidence with the different styles of sweatpants and joggers you have now (do you know the difference between joggers vs sweatpants?) and are styling up your sweatpants for a day out with the crew. You, then, have to read this article, what to wear with sweatpants.

Sweatpants are comfy, versatile and fashionable! 

But the problem now is where do you store them all? 

How do you make sure they don’t get creases in them?

How can you travel with them, so they don’t take up all the space in your luggage?

Don’t worry; I got you!

Also, if you are a taller guy looking to find the perfect fitting sweatpants, I created these guides of the top brands just for you.

This article dives into all the ways you will want to store and how to fold your sweatpants.

How to Fold Clothes

The best way to fold any clothing you have is to wash them first. This is the best way to wash your sweatpants. Keep in mind sweatpants are made mainly from cotton, which will shrink multiple sizes if you wash it wrong. To stop this try to dry flat, line dry or read this article how to prevent sweatpants from shrinking.

Once your clothes are clean and dried, you will want to fold them shortly after and put them away, and this will keep them wrinkle-free. The longer you let them sit in a pile on your bed, the worse they are going to look. 

This works also for shirts, jeans, sweatshirts, t-shirts, joggers and underwear. Find the piece of clothing you want to fold below.

Best way to Fold Sweatpants

The best way to fold sweatpants depends on what type of storage you are putting them in and how long they will be there. Choosing the best way to fold your sweatpants would have to be the simple 5-step flat fold.

How to Fold Sweatpants

Choose one or a few of the folding tips to help make extra room in your closet, drawer or carry-on suitcase.

1. How to Fold Sweatpants to Save Space

You will want to do the military roll with your sweatpants when needing to save space. It is not surprising that the military (or just the name of this way of storing clothes) is the most efficient way to deal with your sweats. 

Rolling any piece of clothing will be the best way to save space, yet it is not the most efficient when you are looking to wear your clothing right away after storing it. There is a high probability of wrinkles and creases once you unroll your sweatpants.

Here is how you do the military roll.

2. How to Fold Sweatpants for Drawers

There are two ways you can fold your sweatpants to fit in your drawers. One way is the military roll, you will store more pants in your drawer this way, and they will also be easier to see and grab out. 

The second way to store your sweatpants is by folding them flat. Folding your pants flat will take up more space, and moving the stacks each time will be needed as you look for the right pair. However, the sweats will be ready to wear right after grabbing them, unlike the military roll where you will most likely have to work out some creases. 

3. How do you Fold Sweatpants Flat?

Luckily for you (and me!), folding sweatpants is something you can do without your mothers’ help. It is a simple 3 step process, and all you need for it is a flat place (table) or a semi-flat place (bed).

  1. Fold the sweatpants in half, placing one leg on top of the other with the back pockets (if there are any) facing out.
  2. Fold in half lengthwise, bringing the hem to just below the waist and forming a long rectangle.
  3. Fold the pants upwards again, this time into thirds.

With your sweatpants folded flat, you can place them in a closet cupboard, in a drawer or right into your check-in suitcase for your next flight.

4. How do you Roll Thick Sweatpants?

You will want to roll your sweatpants, especially when you do not have a lot of space to store them. Having warm thick sweatpants for winter will save you from the cold better than jeans. Yes! sweatpants are warmer than jeans. But, thicker cotton sweatpants will take up a ton of space, so be sure to read our more in-depth article on how to roll sweatpants also.

Here is a quick way to roll your sweatpants.

  1. Fold your sweatpants legs over.
  2. Smooth out any wrinkles.
  3. Roll starting from the pant leg cuffs.

5. How do Military Roll Sweatpants

The military roll, also known as the ranger roll, is one of the most effective ways to save space when folding your sweatpants. If you have camo sweatpants, the military roll is especially applicable (jokes).

  1. Turn the waist inside out, leaving about 8 cm of the inside exposed.
  2. With the bottom of the pants pointed towards you, overlap both legs over each other just slightly. Their inner edges should be lying on top of one another.
  3. Fold each leg from the outside into the centre. You will see an even rectangle.
  4. Start rolling tightly from the bottom towards the very top.
  5. Once the pants are rolled up, fold the turn back up over the roll using the inside out waist you formed initially.

6. How to Fold Sweatpants for Travel

When packing for travel, the only thing you need to focus on is putting as much into your carry-on, check-in or backpack as possible. Using a second or third suitcase and paying the extra baggage fees is not an option for most. 

To best fold your sweatpants for travelling, making them tight as possible, you will want to roll them with a ranger roll. If you have an extra belt to take with you, tie it around your sweatpants once rolled to make them even smaller!

How to Fold Sweatpants FAQ

The best way to fold sweatpants is to do the 5 step flat fold.

Rather than haphazardly laying sweatpants flat in a drawer, they should stand upright; the more folds there are, the less wrinkled the sweatpants will be when you are ready to wear them.

Written and reviewed by:
Tall Paul
Tall Paul
I am 6'7 (203cm) / 235lb (106 kg) model and ex-athlete. Since I was a teen I had trouble finding clothes. I was too tall for off the rack and was too lean for Big & Tall.

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