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What Is Shiplap & How To Use It

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By on Jun 20, 2018
What Is Shiplap & How To Use It

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If you’re a fan of home decorating shows, it’s likely you’ve seen shiplap appear in a few well-designed rooms. After a few episodes, it might have you wondering if you can include it in your home. Well, the good news is, you can!

But, what exactly is shiplap and how can you make it work in your home? I’m here to help answer all your questions about this trendy material. Here are a few questions you might have about shiplap and how to use it in your home.

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What Is Shiplap

What Is Shiplap?

If you love a simple, farmhouse or rustic look, then shiplap is worth looking into. Prior to its surge in popularity, it was commonly used outdoors as siding of sheds, garages and other structures. But, it has made its way inside the home adding texture to the walls of kitchens, bedrooms and more. It’s now a must-have for homeowners who want to decorate their homes in a farmhouse style.

“For those of you who are not familiar with shiplap, it's a popular and charming building material comprised of long wood planks snapped together to create a watertight seal,” Kristin Whalen, award-winning kitchen and bath designer, said. “Each shiplap board has a groove cut into the top and bottom of each wood plank so that the pieces fit together like puzzle pieces making installation a breeze. Shiplap has been around for quite some time but has really taken off over the past few years thanks to the lovely Joanna Gaines on HGTV’s ‘Fixer Upper’.”

How Much Does Shiplap Cost

How Much Does Shiplap Cost?

If you’re budgeting for a project with shiplap, either indoors or out, it’s a good idea to set expectations. The good news is that shiplap is relatively inexpensive compared to other siding options. However, if you’re using it on an interior wall, it’s likely going to be more costly than simply updating with a coat of paint. The average cost of shiplap is between $0.95 and $4.00 per board foot.

Where To Buy Shiplap

Finding shiplap is not difficult. Most local hardware store chains will carry shiplap in a variety of sizes and packs, making it easy if you plan on DIYing your installation. You can even get it in various finishes and colors to help make the work easier.

How Can I Use Shiplap

How Can I Use Shiplap?

One of the great things about shiplap is that it’s incredibly versatile. You can include it in any room the house. From an entire area to just a shiplap accent wall, it will give any room a farmhouse style almost instantly.

“I don’t see this trend going away any time soon because it allows homeowners a simple way to add subtle texture to walls and is able to complement a wide array of home décor styles,” Whalen said. “Shiplap is commonly installed horizontally and painted white for a clean look. However, there are many other possibilities. Shiplap can also be used untreated or stained to a finish of your choice. It can also be used vertically to make rooms like low-ceilings appear larger. No matter which way you choose to install shiplap, one thing remains true: a wood-covered wall makes any room feel warmer.”

If you’re looking to incorporate some of the year’s trends, try brightening up a navy blue bathroom with a white shiplap bathroom wall. Complete the look of a rustic kitchen with shiplap. Or, cozy up a guest room with shiplap adorning the walls. The possibilities are endless, which is why it’s a popular décor choice.

Interior Shiplap Installation

Depending on the size and style of your project, shiplap can be installed with the help of a professional or DIYed. If you choose to do it yourself, it’s a good idea to have a knowledge of basic carpentry skills, so you’re able to size the shiplap and install it on the wall properly. However, if you want to get the look, but you’re unsure if you can manage to install actual shiplap, there are now products on the market that mimic the look. Peel-and-stick faux shiplap panels have made its way into homes and apartment buildings due to how easy they are to install.

Shiplap Wall Art

If you love the look of shiplap, but not yet ready to change the appearance of an entire room, try slowly integrating it into your home’s décor. Shiplap wall art is popular with homeowners who want to add more farmhouse décor into their homes. The good news is, you can make your own wall art! I love this idea from Kennary, to make your own shiplap command center. It would go perfectly in any kitchen or office. See the tutorial here.


As long as farmhouse styles stay popular, so will shiplap. It’s a trendy way to really make a space feel cozy and bright at the same time. It’s also an affordable home décor option that you might be able to DIY. For big projects, it’s a good idea to contact an interior design pro who can tell you how you can best incorporate shiplap into your farmhouse décor.

Looking for more farmhouse decorating ideas? Read How To Create The Perfect Farmhouse Style Bathroom.

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