Wall maps come in many sizes, and can be used in a number of ways in the home or classroom. Often the size or use of the map will dictate the best method of mounting it. The other factor to consider is what type of material is already on the wall to which you want the map mounted. If it won't accept adhesive applications well, go with the more durable method.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Iron (optional)
- Measuring tape or yardstick
- Pencil or painter's tape
- Adhesive putty or tape, removable adhesive strips or pre-mixed wallpaper paste
- Wood framing strips
- Wood or craft glue
- Picture hanger bracket(s) and tacks
Flatten your map, if needed. If it has been rolled, unroll it and reroll it in the opposite direction to help it lay flat. You can even use an iron on low heat on the back of a printed paper map to help flatten it.
Measure your map's length and width. Make sure it fits the space where you plan to hang it.
Use a pencil or painter's tape to mark the side and bottom edges where you plan to place the map on the wall. A level will ensure it's straight.
Decide which adhesive you want to use. Adhesive mounting for maps works best with small to mid-sized maps on a lightweight medium. The most easily removed adhesives are an adhesive putty such as Sticky-tack or newer removable adhesive strips. Another option is tape. For a more permanent application, use wallpaper paste.
Place adhesive on the back of your map every six to 12 inches. The heavier your map, the closer together the pieces of adhesive need to be.
Position the map on the wall, using the markings you made as a guide. Take care not to wrinkle or bunch the map as you position it. Start at one corner and smooth in both directions, alternately.
Easiest Mount: Adhesive
Follow Steps 1-3 in Section 1.
Position flat, lightweight pieces of wood framing on the back of your map around the edges to provide a sturdy and unseen "blocking." Place them about a quarter-inch from the edge. The wood doesn't have to form a continuous line around the map as long as there are enough pieces to keep it evenly weighted.
Adhere the wood pieces to the back of the map with wood glue or other craft glue. Allow it to dry before proceeding.
Tack the picture hanger bracket(s) to the pieces of wood across the top of the map. A map less than 18 inches wide will only need one hanger, while a wider map requires two. If two hangers are used, place them the same distance from the top of the map so it will hang level.
Hang this "blocked" map on the wall just as you would a picture.
Durable Mounting: Hidden Frame
Tips and warnings
- If you have a picture frame of the right size available, use it to frame the map and then mount as you would any other picture.
- Thumbtacks are an alternative to adhesives if small holes in the wall are acceptable.
- Use paint sticks for easy-to-mount wooden framing pieces.
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