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How to Flatten a Rolled Poster

How to Flatten a Rolled Poster

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11 Apr 2019

One of the most exciting aspects of ordering posters online is the moment they’re delivered. But when they’ve been rolled up in a tube, laying them flat can become a bit of a challenge. Here’s how to flatten a poster to avoid creases and wrinkles.



Method 1: Roll the Poster Back on Itself

  1. Pull the cap off the top of the tube
  2. Remove your poster from the tube by tipping it until it slides partly out. Do not try and pinch or pull it out from inside the tube as this can cause wrinkles and creases
  3. Roll the poster out on a clean, flat surface so that it’s design down 
  4. Carefully roll the poster around the outside of the tube, the opposite way to which it has previously been rolled
  5. Secure with a sticker or rubber bands
  6. Leave this for an hour
  7. Remove sticker or rubber bands and unroll to reveal a flat poster


Method 2: Weigh the Poster Down

  1. Repeat steps 1 & 2 from method 1
  2. Roll out the poster on a clean, flat and hard surface (like a table)
  3. Place something heavy on each corner and in the middle to weigh it down. Books work particularly well
  4. Leave this for 24 hours
  5. Remove weights to reveal a flat poster


How to Remove Wrinkles

There are a few ways you can fix wrinkled posters. Here’s what we suggest. 

  1. Roll the poster out onto a flat surface, such as a table. Make sure it is face down with the blank side facing upwards
  2. Place a bed sheet or towel over the poster
  3. Lightly spray the sheet or towel with water until it is slightly damp, not wet
  4. Using the lowest heat setting on your iron, iron the poster through the sheet* 
  5. Run the iron over one small area of the fabric at a time until it is dry
  6. Lift the fabric every so often to check for any heat damage on the poster
  7. Repeat the process if wrinkles remain

*Please note: this may cause a slight change to the colours of the ink. instantprint does not accept responsibility or liability for any damage that might be caused. 


These methods are perfect for removing any curling that may happen so that your posters are ready to frame or hang in no time at all. We’ll always roll from the long side of the poster meaning it’s easier to flatten when it arrives. Here’s some extra inspiration so you can place your posters effectively.


Amy Fairhurst

About the Author

I’m Amy, one of the Personal Artworkers at instantprint. I love using my design knowledge to give customers the confidence they need to create incredible looking print every time.