If you’re an avid traveller like us or just someone who appreciates world travel and geography, then you’ll LOVE these wooden world travel maps!
After seeing these wood maps pop up on Facebook a bazillion times, we finally decided to do some research and find the best one. Well, it turns out that the very first wooden world maps came from Enjoy the Wood, a company in Ukraine that got started with a successful Kickstarter campaign and have now patented the design.
After looking over the hundreds of five-star reviews, we decided to reach out and partner with them. First things first, we had to try one out ourselves, so they sent one to us and we made a video about putting the map together and about the memories of visiting 42 countries over the last 10 years. Not only was it a great way to look back on some incredible adventures, but it is such a beautiful world map to have on our wall. In fact, every single time we have people over for dinner or drinks, the map easily becomes the focal piece. Everyone stops at the couch to admire how beautiful it is, before starting to talk about where they’ve been, where we’ve been, or where they hope to go next. It really stands out.
If you’re like us, however, you’re probably looking for what the map looks like, how you put it on your wall, how it arrives, and more. So, in this article, we’re going to give you a step-by-step look into our 3D world map.
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Unboxing the Wooden Map
Everything about our Enjoy the Wood World Map was done very well. The box is beautiful and it opens up nicely with lots of information and even a photo of the team in Ukraine. I really think that ever since Apple made packaging part of the experience, all industries have been following suit. This packaging felt snug and high-quality.
Putting the Wood Map on our Wall
In order to put the map on your wall properly, you’ll have to follow the instructions, which are quite simple. Basically, we started laying it out on the floor first, making sure that all the pieces were there before fitting them together like a puzzle. It’s quite surprising how many pieces they include and the craftsmanship that goes into it. For example, they even included little wooden pieces for small destinations like Hawaii, Cypress, and Corsica. We thought this was a really great touch.
Once the map is laid out on the floor, you take the two stencils that are included in the box and mark out the upper left corner and the upper right corner of where the map will go on the wall. We measured out the distance between them with measuring tape and also measured from the ceiling to make sure we had them equal in distance. Then we placed the further left and right destinations, which happen to be Alaska and Russia. Once they’re up, it’s pretty easy to place the rest as you work your way from those two pieces.
In our opinion, the hardest part of placing the wood map on the wall is sticking the double-sided tape to the back of each piece. It’s quite tedious and time-consuming to peel the backing off of the tape and then place it on the back of the map. However, the tape is very strong and it is very unlikely that a piece would ever come off. In fact, if you ever want to remove the map from your wall, they recommend using heat to make the tape softer.
Another very cool feature of the Enjoy the Wood 3d Map is that they include Ocean names, wooden airplanes, boats, and even a compass that really adds to the beauty of the map. These used to be additional accessories but are now included with your purchase. Put them wherever you want!
World Map with Pins
Although the wooden world map is beautiful on its own, one of the key features is the world map pins, which allow you to pin the destinations you’ve been t0o. This is another well-done product from Enjoy the Wood. Each country has its own pin and you’ll also find pins from each Canadian province, each U.S state, and even the states of Australia. For us, this was the most time-consuming part of the process as we had to search through the 250+ pins to find the 42 countries we’ve been to as well as the 13 provinces and territories and a number of states from both the USA and Australia. Luckily, they include a little brochure with the names and flags of each country to make it easier to sort out. We learned a lot about flags that day! Some of them, like Palau, have no actual location on the map so we just stuck the pin in the wall at the approximate location. After all, Palau is very small!
Wood Map Sizes
With Enjoy the Wood, the 3D wood world maps come in three different sizes.
📍 M – 100 cm x 60 cm (39”x24″)
📍 L – 150 cm x 90 cm (59”x35″)
📍 XL – 200 cm x 120 cm (79”x47″)
📍 XXL – 300 cm x 175 cm (118”x69”)
We opted for the XL, which seems to be the perfect size for those looking to place it above their 3-seater couch. For those wanting to do an entire wall, you would likely want the XXL. If you don’t have the room for either, the Medium or Large will likely do the trick.
Different Colours for the World Maps
If you decide to buy a wood map, you’ll notice that there are different colours to choose from as well as different options for country names. If you don’t want the country names on the map, you can opt for the blank option, which won’t include any markings at all. If you choose a large map or bigger, you can choose to have the Basic version, which includes the names of countries AND Canadian provinces and territories, Australian states, and of course, all the states in the USA. If that’s still not enough, you can also choose the Prime version, which includes Antarctica!
For colours, we opted for the multicolour as it looks so rich to us. However, maybe this won’t suit the colour scheme of your home. In that case, they also offer colours such as oak, terra, walnut, and nordik!
3D Wood World Map from Enjoy the Wood
As you know by now, we love our map and couldn’t imagine our wall without one. It’s super high-quality and detailed, very beautiful, and simply a perfect focal piece for the world traveller.
However, there are many other benefits as well, such as:
- Lifetime warranty.
- 100% delivery guarantee with UPS & PostexService* (see their website for more info).
- Handmade of natural birch plywood.
- First one! Protected by International Patent and Copyright Properties.
- From 6 to 15 mm thick (0.23 – 0.47 inches).
The End Result with our Wood Map
As we mentioned at the beginning, we get TONS of compliments about our 3D wooden world map. It really looks incredible and we even find ourselves admiring it all the time. We placed ours behind our couch, which really makes it stand out as the focal piece of wall art in our apartment. We even bought a light that shines towards the map to emphasize it even more.
For avid travellers like us, this made so much sense. Not only does it represent our love for travel, but it also reminds us of all the incredible places we’ve been.
If you’d like to learn more about the different maps and possibly buy your own, please click here.
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