Maps are available in various versions or finishes, depending on the map product. Not all maps are available in all finishes and frames.
Some maps are only available as laminated and framed versions but not as flat paper maps, and some maps are only available with coloured aluminium frames but others are available with plain aluminium and a choice of attractive wooden frames.
The versions and finishes available for any map product are listed as options with the individual product.
Laminated maps are hard-wearing using a tough lamination which can be written on and wiped off with a suitable pen. If you have a cork or similar tiled wall or another similar backing, the laminated versions will also accept map pins which can be cheaper than buying a framed map.
Hanging Strips are plastic strips which slide on to the top and bottom of a laminated map, with the top strip also supplied with 1-3 plastic hooks to enable the map, complete with hanging strips, to be easily hung from a simple nail or pin in a suitable wall. The hanging strips are sometimes supplied separately from the ordered map, and can involve an additional shipping charge. Hanging strips longer than around 85cm will need to be despatched by courier as these are too long for standard Royal Mail postage. This solution is a good option for small to medium sized maps, but not very practical for larger maps bigger than around 130cm (51 inches) square. The map is held in place by the pressure of the two sides of the top hanging strip and the map can slip out over time if it is too heavy, plus the very long strips just don't work as well as smaller sizes. For the very large maps it would be better to securely fix these to a suitable wall or choose a framed option or wallpaper mapping if available.
Coloured aluminium frames are available for selected maps, using either a pinboard or a metal backing. The framed maps with a metal backing we refer to as "magnetic maps" as these allow the use of magnetic map pins. Magnetic maps with the coloured aluminium frames have an additional pinboard backing which makes them very versatile. They can be used as standard laminated maps with a write-on, wipe-off surface and the additional pinboard backing means they can also be used with standard map pins as well as magnetic map pins. Frame colours available are silver, black and gold, and the framed maps are supplied with screws and plugs and a secure wall fixture, see the images below. Allow 1-2 weeks for delivery of framed maps. All framed maps are made to order bespoke products so are not returnable unless the map is faulty. Framed maps are also usually too vulnerable to be shipped overseas, or off-shore but a European wholesaler can be used for selected maps - please ask if you have a requirement for overseas delivery.