Giant Maps on the wall

gwloloDecember 19, 2012

I searched the archive and could not find anything. We would like to have a huge floor to ceiling world map on a wall. Something current and not vintage.

DD8 loves geography and as a family, one of our favorite things to do is to look at maps and plan trips (some of which we end up doing). Any ideas how to achieve this look? Does it have to be a wallpaper? Are there any hangable options like Vinyl? Maybe something that can be written on and erased as well.

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maddielee

A mural? Here's one site that came up.

Here is a link that might be useful: Wall map murals

    Bookmark   December 19, 2012 at 1:40PM
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debrak_2008

Once I bought large world and us maps for DHs cubicle at work. He said he wanted maps to hang. I bought them at a teacher supply store.

Sounds like a neat idea.

    Bookmark   December 19, 2012 at 2:46PM
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sochi

We have a huge one in our play room / family room. I'm a geography keener and am hoping my kids will be too. The map is from IKEA. It is canvas, so you can't write on it, but it is fantastic, detailed, clear and easy to read. It even lists the capitals of all the Caribbean islands.

If you do a google search of wall stickers or wallpaper I suspect there is something out there that you could possibly write on or pin on.

They are great to have, fun and educational. My son (5 years old) is learning his world geography from the 'bottom up', given his height! He has the southern hemisphere down cold. :)

    Bookmark   December 19, 2012 at 5:31PM
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neighborgirl

Google "National Geographic maps" - they have lots!

    Bookmark   December 19, 2012 at 5:48PM
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oldbat2be

I have one! It's approximately 78" tall x 109" wide. After 7+ years, it still hasn't been permanently mounted (please let me know what you do, if you select something similar) and survived our renovation process. We've just used thumb tacks to mount. It was surprisingly expensive ($500?) but I just love being able to walk over to the map and track down a spot. When visitors mention foreign/remote destinations, I bring them in to the map room and ask them to show me. This usually leads to many stories about other places they've been. Ours is laminated.

Decorating around it... has been a challenge. I like the pale acid green paint I used in this room. I supplied the fabric for this sofa and the other matching one (goal was to coordinate with the map) but am not happy with them. One of these years I'll tackle this room.

We did run a wire for an overhead light for the map, which we will eventually install.

Good luck and please post pictures if you get one!

    Bookmark   December 20, 2012 at 6:58AM
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gwlolo

Oldbat -> I love your map. This is about the size we are looking for. I actually think I prefer the tack pins or some kind of suspension solution. The wall murals and others seem to require a wallpaper paste kind of option and I would rather not do that. Do you remember where you got it?

Sochi/ Neighbourgirl --> I will look at IKEA and National Geographic too.

    Bookmark   December 20, 2012 at 11:42AM
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tracie.erin

I've been looking at this map. Centsationalgirl (no affiliation) put it up in a playroom with staples instead of the wallpaper paste. Now that I link it for you, I see that it's half off right now - only $50 - I should buy it :)

edit: corrected link

Here is a link that might be useful: 6x10' (approx) world map

This post was edited by tracie.erin on Thu, Dec 20, 12 at 18:23

    Bookmark   December 20, 2012 at 12:43PM
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tmkb

Pottery Barn Kids has a great one, fills out a huge wall completely. I have seen it in person, and it is really nice-looking. It doesn't look childish or anything, just happens to be from their Kids department. I have since purchased one myself, that I haven't had the chance to put up yet, but will keep for later, perhaps for the next house.

Here is a link that might be useful: Pottery Barn mural

    Bookmark   December 20, 2012 at 11:19PM
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oldbat2be

GWLolo - sorry, I couldn't find my receipt. Suggest you call National Geographic for the model number and a list of distributors.

Here's a closeup of the detail on the map. Some friends were over recently showing me where Mumbai is :)

    Bookmark   December 21, 2012 at 8:00AM
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Bumblebeez SC Zone 7

I wish I had a place for one, they are so fascinating. I keep my world atlas at the bedside to study places I read about.

    Bookmark   December 21, 2012 at 8:47AM
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killinsnakes

Oldbat2be: I like that huge map, but I really like your sofa with the two colors! Glad I got to see that. I am trying to figure out a small room and something like that might just work! Oh, and your "end tables" ain't bad either!

    Bookmark   December 21, 2012 at 10:14AM
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pricklypearcactus

I love huge maps! I really like yours, oldbat. I'd love to put one up in our office.

    Bookmark   December 21, 2012 at 1:03PM
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gwlolo

Oldbat2be --> I found a large map on National Geographic site that seems to similar to your but the price is a lot less than what you mention.

Does this look right?

Here is a link that might be useful: National Geographic Map

    Bookmark   December 22, 2012 at 5:34AM
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fourkids4us

We have the same map as oldbat. I have no idea where it was purchased as our neighbor gave it to us when they moved. He mounted it on,darn can't think of what it is called - fiber core? It's that stiff white foamy stuff. Then he made his own frame out of wood. Ours is paper though - it does not have protective lamination. I think I have a picture. I'll see if I can find one to post. It hangs in our basement playroom. I love it as I've always loved looking at and reading maps and it's great for teaching my kids geography.

    Bookmark   December 22, 2012 at 8:30AM
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fourkids4us

This is the best picture that I have. It actually looks a little bit smaller than old bat's but in the space I have, it takes up most of the wall! The foam backing would be neat to have if you wanted to use push pins to document different places (we haven't used it that way but we could).

    Bookmark   December 22, 2012 at 9:29AM
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cyn427 (zone 7)

We had one when DS was young. We hung it in the informal dining area where we ate dinner almost every night. Lots of chats centered on that map and lots of geographic learning resulted. Fun!

    Bookmark   December 22, 2012 at 11:18AM
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nosoccermom

Just saw this on the airplane. You can write on it with dry eraser.

Here is a link that might be useful: Large write-on-map

    Bookmark   December 22, 2012 at 6:41PM
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oldbat2be

GWlolo-that link takes me to National Geographic. If you can find a model number, I can check again.

Love seeing everyone's maps. My kids' elementary school had a huge one in their cafeteria, which is what gave me the idea.

    Bookmark   December 23, 2012 at 7:52AM
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