Canvas map for our hallway

Canvas map for our hallway

Forty for my 40s, no. 3

Here in London, I’ve noticed that a lot of people choose to hang maps in their hallway. Some are reproductions of pages from London’s A-Z; others are olde-worlde manuscripts showing the local area 100 years ago. Perhaps it’s something to do with needing to find your way around; a map in the hall is a good way to help visitors set off in the right direction towards the nearest tube station. And buying a map of the area is a marker of having properly ‘settled down’: we’re here, we’re staying, and we’ve bought the map to prove it.

canvas map

I’ve blurred the map in this picture (in reality it’s so clear you could read our street name at ten paces)

We used to own one of the olde-worlde type of maps, but it came a cropper. A downside of townhouse hallways is that a lot of them are very narrow. Not much room for artwork. Our map was hung by the door and, one day, an over-enthusiastic toddler slammed the door open (yes, that is possible). Part of the door smashed the glass covering our map. Then, while it was waiting in the spare room to be repaired, rain dripped onto the print through the Velux window.


So, when offered to send us a replacement canvas map, picturing the Ordnance Survey area around our house, I decided to take them up on the offer. Our home just didn’t feel the same without a map in the hallway.

The maps are printed onto high-quality canvas, using UV-resistent ink, so there’s no worry about hanging it in bright sunlight. They’re available in a choice of red, green, sepia or a regular reproduction (ie multicoloured), and vary in price from £38 to £169, depending on your choice of size. The smallest is 40.6 cm x 30.5 cm, the largest a collossal 142.2 cm x 91.4 cm.

canvas map

The canvas is stretched over a wooden frame 1.2 inches deep

We chose sepia, to fit in with the chocolate and aqua colour scheme of our hall. The street and place names are printed in a clear, sans serif font; although it doesn’t look as floral as our old map (with its swirly, curly writing) the new version is a lot easier to read.

The map arrived ready to hang, and is now cosily nestled in our little hall, with coat hooks arranged around it. It’s the sort of thing that would make a great moving-in present for someone; and, if we ever relocate, the map will come with us – a reminder of happy days spent in this, our first family home.

Disclosure: we were sent a canvas map for the purpose of this review. All views are my own.

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  1. May 18, 2015 / 7:06 am

    That’s so pretty. I love canvases and have them all over the house

  2. May 18, 2015 / 8:12 am

    The husband is a huge fan of maps. This has given me an idea for the next time I need to buy him a gift 🙂

  3. May 18, 2015 / 11:09 am

    oh what a lovely cnvas , looks welcome in the hallway

  4. May 18, 2015 / 3:33 pm

    OOh now this is brilliant, Ive never thought of having a canvass map,. yet a friend of mine has a huge one on her wall and I spend ages looking at it x

  5. May 18, 2015 / 6:27 pm

    It does look cool and I agree, they do make nice features for guests. Once I get a bigger hallway this is something I would consider. My other option is a picture wall of the family. Stephen

  6. May 18, 2015 / 6:45 pm

    what a lovely addition to the hallway

  7. May 18, 2015 / 8:26 pm

    What a lovely idea! We prefer a nice canvas to a framed image. Reason 1) the glass – not safe with a toddler as you pointed out and number 2) we have ridiculously tough wall to drill into, much easier to hang a lightweight canvas.

  8. May 18, 2015 / 8:30 pm

    Oh that’s just wonderful, I love a good hallway map. We don’t have one but we really should – probably of SE London as we spent our first 10 years together there. My parents used to have some amazing maps from a (very!) long time ago and I loved them x

  9. May 18, 2015 / 9:34 pm

    oohhh I really love this. Would happily have this in my house

  10. May 18, 2015 / 11:09 pm

    What a lovely canvas, my parents have a couple of maps in their dinning room which are local area reproductions.

  11. May 19, 2015 / 8:22 am

    That is brilliant – never thought of doing a map for a canvas

  12. May 20, 2015 / 1:10 pm

    I love maps so what a great idea for a canvas! Yours looks great, love the colours.

  13. May 21, 2015 / 9:22 am

    Looks fab! We have an ace map on our wall – instead of being of real places it is a map made up of places from song titles!

  14. May 25, 2015 / 11:05 pm

    I love old maps. I used to have a mirror with an olde worlde map on it, but it smashed.

  15. June 9, 2015 / 12:24 pm

    What a great idea for a hallway – mine isn’t really big enough! Kaz x

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