I had a helluva time naming this stupid post. These are a sturdier alternative to cardboard mailing tubes, but I can’t call it that, because you can’t mail these. Right? I don’t know. These are essentially super-sturdy storage tubes for storing posters or other large pieces of artwork. They are made of PVC, so are also affordable. Frugality for the win.
I have had a bunch of topographical maps years now, rolled up in a closet, coming dangerously close to being squashed on more than one occasion. When I got tired of the constant DON’T SQUASH THE POSTERS mindset, I went to buy mailing tubes to store them in. And proceeded to find out how expensive really long tubes are, and of course I will not stand for that. This little DIY was less expensive than buying cardboard tubes. The world is weird.
I could just hang the maps up, but I don’t have a good area for them in this house. These are Next House Decor. I am insane.
So. To the hardware store I went, and bought two 5 foot sticks of 2-inch PVC pipe.
Then I grabbed 4 of these 2-inch end-cap thingies.
These are the maps. Sorry for the slightly-out-of-focus picture, and also for the fact that these resemble gigantic doobies.
The really big map is one of Yellowstone that my parents found in their garage when they bought their house. I am overly protective of that one.
The husband cut the pipes down to size, and you can figure out the rest.
Now I can store the maps anywhere I please, without fear of them being squished or getting wet. Now if you’re looking for acid-free storage, you’ll have to look elsewhere, but for everyday storage these are perfect.
PVC. Who knew, right?
See you later!