One of my favorite things to do when I was little was pull out my parents' National Geographic atlas and pore over it while lying on the floor of the living room. Maps contain so much possibility: looking at one, seeing the outlines of unfamiliar coastlines and learning the names of strange rivers, is almost like being transported to another world. So it seems a shame to throw out old maps when they become obsolete — why not give them new life in your home instead?
Above: This pull-down shade gets a boost from the addition of a vintage map. From BHG.
Cover a map with a vintage map to create a frame that's especially perfect for travel memories. DIY from Hello Lidy.
You could use a map to cover the top of a coffee table, as seen on The Painted Hive.
We love the quirky touch these map drawer liners add to a vintage dresser, seen on Vintage Junky.
Old maps also make great envelope liners, as seen on Nothing but Bonfires.
A headboard covered in maps is great for a kids' room, or for a big people room too. Image from BHG.