Design Crush | What the Heck Is Shiplap?

Shiplap is the rustic building material that’s got everyone buzzing these days. If you’re not lucky enough to have it hiding behind your drywall, you can purchase shiplap pine board from the local home improvement center and recreate a room à la HGTV’s Fixer Upper. Whether you choose the real deal, MDF or a trompe l’oeil version, shiplap will add texture and character to any wall surface indoors or out.

So, what the heck is shiplap?

Shiplap is horizontal wood plank paneling originally used in buildings like storage sheds, barns or even camp homes. It’s typically made from pine or cedar and features a rabbet along one edge and a slot along the other so the boards overlap slightly and fit together to create a seamless look.

The tight seal created by the panel design made it perfect for siding that could withstand the elements and didn’t require much upkeep. Shiplap was also used for interior walls in pre-war homes, but in most cases was subsequently covered in drywall to give rooms a more contemporary appearance.

 White shiplap walls are perfect for a gender-neutral nursery from The Mountain View Cottage.

Studio McGee creates an indoor-outdoor feel for the mudroom with shiplap walls.

 Original unfinished shiplap in this Houston residence courtesy of Martha Turner at Sotheby's.

 Lamps Plus shows us that shiplap also works beautifully in damp areas like the master bath.

 Sarah at All Things With Purpose did this great faux shiplap backsplash with vinyl flooring planks.

 Decorpad goes against the grain to prove shiplap can be installed vertically.

 The Wicker House teaches you how to create super easy shiplap with paint and a pencil.

 Shiplap in a minimal Hamptons bedroom from Remodelista.

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