How to Make a Map Table an IKEA Hack

A Simpe but really effective Ikea Hack – Map Table

A few weeks ago I posted about how I had personalised some old wooden chairs by covering them in maps.
After reading this post my friend Leonie was inspired to make her own map project. She was in the process of revamping her teenage sons room, ready for his return from travelling around Australia and Asia. In his room was an old IKEA side table which she upcycled with a world map. Creating a gorgeous map table.
This was a really simple and quick way to transform a boring old side table into something with the wow factor. On his return her son Jack loved his new table and looking at all the countries he had visited on the map.
Ikea Hack Map Table - It is so easy to upcycle and transform a plain Ikea side table with some map wrapping paper and make this gorgeous map table.
Map Table Pillarboxblue
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What you need to make a Map Table


  • Old Table – the table used here was and IKEA Hemnes table Hemma table ikea
  • Grey chalk paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Mod Podge or PVA Glue
  • Acrylic Varnish or Waterproof Glue
  • Glue brush
  • Map – Map used here was a cavallini world map wrapping paper
  • Craft Knife

    How to make a Map Table


    1. Clean and Paint the table in the desired colour. If you use a chalk paint there is no need to sand and prep the table first.
    2. Carefully measure out the top of the table. Roll out your Map and cut out the section that you need using these measurements
    3. When the paint is fully dried. Cover the table top with a layer of PVA glue. Leave to dry slightly so tacky.
    4. Place your cut out map on top of the glue using a ruler to squeeze out any bubbles.
    5. Paint a layer of PVA glue (mod podge) over the top of the map, leave to dry over night.
    6. Cover the table with a final protective layer this time use waterproof PVA glue (mod podge) or acrylic varnish.

    It is really that simple !
    Ikea Hack Map Table
    Map table
    Map table & chair

    IKEA Map Table Hack – Using Image Transfer

    Another way to transfer a map to a table is with Mod Podge image transfer. Using Mapbox, I created a map of my favourite city, Hong Kong.
    However, this time rather than decoupage I transfered the image to a table top using Mod Podge. You can see how I did it here.
    Create a free map in mapbox and transfert he image onto an IKEA kids table for a unique hack.
    I’m really chuffed that Leonie was inspired to make her map table after reading my post and I am grateful to her for sharing her project with me. If you have any map projects I would love to hear from you. I have pinterest board dedicated to Map projects.

    Free Vintage Maps to Download


    If you liked this post you will also like some of my other map posts:
    Simple Ikea Moppe Map Hack
    Easy Map Place Mats
    Upcycled Map Magnetic Board and Pins
    Brilliant Vintage Map Suitcase



    52 Responses

    1. Claire- Thank you for this tutorial. We have a 243x 110cm dining table that I’d like to do this with. Would you suggest using Mapbox for a table this big? Also, the edges of the table are heavily rounded (think conference table). How would you suggest working with rounded edges? I really want to do this, but I’m a bit intimidated by the project. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

      • For a table that big I would suggest using map wallpaper. If you google you should find a company that will deliver map wallpaper to you. Some have pre printed designs with others they can print you a map of anywhere you want. I’ve done a post on how to wallpaper a table A rounded edge won’t be easy, Before pasting the paper I suggest you lay it on to the table and cut to size. Then paste and stick. Good luck with it, I’d love to see a photo when you are finished.

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    7. Wow, this is so cool! I love the map on the table!

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    9. This is a really nice idea. The map top is terrific.

    10. I so enjoy decorating with maps, I love this table and your chairs. Such fun pieces.

    11. I dub you the Queen of Map projects!!! I love your roses and your chairs..and now that table. Perfect idea.

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    15. I love your chairs and your friends so I table. They are unique.
      I saw a picture Of a globe that was turned into a pendant lamp. Have you ever tried a project like that?

      • Thank you ! Not a globe lamp, but I have hacked an IKEA lampshades eith maps which you can see here

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    19. Cool! I did a modpodged map onto my son’s IKEA dresser years ago, it’s such a fun craft. I think the table top you did is a way cuter idea! Tahnks for linking up with us at Welcome Home Wednesdays, hope you’ll link up again this week!

    20. Love the map table. It turned out really great! Thanks so much for sharing it at Vintage Charm.

    21. The table and the chairs turned out great!! Maps are so cool and when you find a fun way like this to incorporate them into decor it’s a bonus.

      So thankful to you for being a faithful friend at Thoughts of Home on Thursday.

      Now I’m off to find out what “chuffed” means. 🙂

      • Thanks ! It means to be pleased/happy with ones self, it’s a common expression used in England (maybe not so much with the kids but us adults use it).

    22. Love the finished product, Claire! It looks amazing <3

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    23. I love maps so much and your table turned out beautiful! No one would ever think it was a plain Ikea table before. The chairs are gorgeous too, the underground one is so cool!

      Thanks for sharing with us at Sweet Inspiration, hope you have a lovely weekend Claire!

    24. I love how the maps turn a simple piece of furniture into a special piece of furniture.

    25. Just had to pin these:) I love them:)
      Thanks so much for the tutorial too.

    26. I love this table, and I love the chairs too. I would love to try this myself.

    27. LOVE the chairs and the table! So much fun and a great way to capture the traveling memories.

    28. LOVE the table but REALLY LOVE the chairs! AWESOME!!!

    29. LOVE the table but REALLY LOVE the chairs! Awesome job on both!

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    31. these are totally wonderful! great project ideas!

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thank you. Just had a look at your site and love your map fence boards

    32. Oh man, that table is awesome! I think that’s one of the big pulls of IKEA furniture (at least in the online-blogging-world), is that it just screams to be customized in some way or another! 😀

    33. What a cool idea! Thanks for linking up at the Weekend Blog Hop at My Flagstaff Home!


      • Claire Armstrong

        Thank you

    34. This is so lovely! My husband loves map themed stuff and this is just the perfect project for his man cave. Thanks for sharing.

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thank you

    35. Oh my gosh…I LOVE this! What a cute idea and the chairs & table look great together. I’m going to try this sometime! Thanks for sharing
      Visiting from Mom Blogs Party 🙂

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thank you I agree I think they look good togethr

    36. Claire, I love your map projects. It’s giving me courage to use up some of my nautical charts! Thanks so much for linking up to Choose Save Tuesday!

      • Claire Armstrong


    37. so much fun! Thanks so much for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thank you

    38. Great project. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty – we love partying with you! Hope to see you next Friday. 🙂

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      • Claire Armstrong

        Thank you

    39. I’m really impressed with how well this turned out. I have a table that needs a makeover and I’m going to start looking for an awesome map to do this with it.

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thanks, it really does look good and is so easy to do.

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