Before Smart Boards, classrooms had paper maps that hung above the chalk board, and pulled down when needed. I can still hear the sound of the map rolling up with a snap at the end. Maybe this is when my fascination with school maps began? Years ago we found a collection of school maps. It was really an event of perfect timing. I’m so glad we were able to save them and have proudly displayed one in our dining room. (It’s a mess right now or I would include a picture).
It hangs over the vintage mid-century dresser we use for storage and as a buffet. Not only does it bring tons of fun colors to the room, it’s started zillions of conversations with our children. We’ve covered time zones and the date line, seasons and the hemispheres, languages, and we have gotten to share our travel experiences with them as well. My favorite moments are when we are in the middle of passing a dish and one of the children pipe up with a seemingly “random” question as it pertains to the world.
We have some maps to share, HERE, in our ETSY store. (More coming soon!)
10 of our favorite examples of where to hang a vintage school pull down map in your home:
(above) I love this colorful playroom with the map up on the wall.
Why not hang a map as a window shades. (be sure you choose a map that is retractable for this function)
Maps are great over the couch. You can find some really wide ones out there and they fill up this usually large space, so nicely.
This might be one of my favorites because there are TWO maps on this wall. The more the merrier.
And what a fun way to fall asleep- dreaming of worldwide adventures.
In the hallway.
How wonderful is this game corner! I love the table, the chairs, the book basket, and the vintage North American map.
What about putting a vintage map in the entrance way? Such a warm way to greet your guests.
The designer of this room went an extra step and stenciled on top of this world map. I don’t think I’m brave enough to do that. Are you?