Here at Remodelista we’ve been nursing a healthful obsession with shiplap for the last few years. But there are a surprising sum of misconceptions about shiplap: as one craftsman pointed out, the kind of cladding that’s been popularise over the last few years by indicates like Fixer Upper isn’t, in fact, true-life shiplap.( Or, as he settled it: “No, Joanna; that’s not shiplap.”) Here’s what you need to know to separate shiplap actuality from story 😛 TAGEND 1. How to tell if it’s shiplap? Mind the spread. True shiplap: note the “rabbet” joint, with a 90-degree notch between the boards. Diagram from Remodeling 101: The Ultimate Wood Paneling Guide with Jersey Ice Cream Co. Above: True shiplap: greenback the “rabbet” joint, with a 90 -degree notch between the board members. Diagram from Remodeling 101: The Ultimate Wood Paneling Guide with Jersey Ice Cream Co .

How to tell the difference between shiplap, beadboard, and V-groove cladding? “Unlike bead board and V-groove, which are connected via tongue and groove, shiplap committees are participated with an overlapping’ rabbet’ joint, which usually procreates a 90 degree-angled gap in between the boards, ” creates Justine. “I say,’ usually, ’ because just to mystify events, there is V-groove shiplap with a beveled hem, ” she computes. Read more in Remodeling 101: The Ultimate Wood Paneling Guide with Jersey Ice Cream Co .

2. It’s sea-worthy( or used to be ). Shiplap behind the bed in Salt House Inn in Provincetown. Above: Shiplap behind the berthed in Salt House Inn in Provincetown.

Shiplap likely gets its identify from a style of shiplap that was once to be followed in establish sends. The same overlapping brace that determines true shiplap tighten and weatherproof in a house manufactured for a water-tight ship, too.

4. It generated in draconian environments. Shiplap cladding looks charming in A British Standard Kitchen in a Shepherd’s Hut, and has the added benefit of keeping the little kitchen snug against the wind. Above: Shiplap cladding inspects alluring in A British Standard Kitchen in a Shepherd’s Hut, and has the added benefit of keeping the little kitchen snug against the wind.

Shiplap is associated with seaside bungalows and hovels for a reason: historically, it was used in punishing climates as a channel of continuing breath and spray out of houses, thanks to the overlapping joint between the board members. It was also often set on the exteriors of buildings.( More on the history of shiplap in Expert Advice: The Enduring Appeal of Shiplap .)

5. And, it used to be covered over. During the renovations at Josephine in Austin, Texas, the construction crew discovered shiplap hidden beneath the drywall. Read more in Restaurant Visit: Josephine House, in Austin. Above: During the renovations at Josephine in Austin, Texas, construction sites crew discovered shiplap obscured beneath the drywall. Read more in Restaurant Visit: Josephine House, in Austin.

Shiplap was meant to be felt and not seen, so to speak. Before plywood and drywall, makes would string apartments in shiplap to keep them warm and baked, then cover it with a coating of muslin or cheesecloth and wallpaper to hide the shiplap’s strata.( That means that, if you’re lucky, you might uncover some original, tried-and-true shiplap beneath the mantles during a renovation .) Now, the Joanna Gaines of the the nations of the world have popularise shiplap for its looks , not just its practicality.

6. Installed vertically, it can make a small room feel bigger. A shiplap lookalike emphasizes the height of a lofty bedroom in A Simple Bespoke Cabin in North Yorkshire, Father/Son Edition. Above: A shiplap lookalike emphasizes the height of a majestic bedroom in A Simple Bespoke Cabin in North Yorkshire, Father/ Son Edition.

Most parties think of shiplap positioned horizontally in a apartment( which itself are helpful in carry the eye around the space, preparing it feel larger ). But installing the shiplap vertically facilitates emphasize the height of the area, attaining it feel larger; or, to really turn shiplap on its psyche, try investing it on the ceiling to draw the eye uphills. See more trompe l’oeil ploys with shiplap in Expert Advice: How to Use Wood Paneling to Add Loftiness to a Room.

7. With its strong strands and handcrafted feel, it runs almost anywhere. Not just for cozy charm: shiplap in a clean-lined, sparse bath in Nordic Beauty: A Brooklyn Townhouse Reinvented with Style—and Restraint. Above: Not just for cozy charm: shiplap in a clean-lined, sparse bath in Nordic Beauty: A Brooklyn Townhouse Reinvented with Style–and Restraint.

Advises architect( and shiplap enthusiast) Sheila Bonnell: “Because it creates texture in such a clean-living, unfussy nature, it can work just as well in a contemporary provide. In fact, one of the things I love about shiplap is the fact that it efforts both courses. Because it is handcrafted, it can add warmth to what might be a more dour modern placing. Or, conversely, because it has a very clean line, especially when drawn, it can be used to make a historical setting feel more contemporary.” Read more about the many ways to use shiplap in Expert Advice: The Enduring Appeal of Shiplap.

8. Top down or bottom up? Painted shiplap in Provincetown Eclectic: A Design Duo Channels P-town’s Storied Past to Create an Utterly Original Seaside Home. (Note the baseboard moulding at the bottom, which helps account for any unevenness.) Photograph by Justine Hand for Remodelista. Above: Painted shiplap in Provincetown Eclectic: A Design Duo Channels P-town’s Storied Past to Create an Utterly Original Seaside Home.( Note the baseboard moulding at the bottom, which helps account for any unevenness .) Photograph by Justine Hand for Remodelista.

Experts say you can’t go too wrong with lay shiplap: so long as everything is measured with care, it’s moderately forgiving. Whether you start with the top council and manipulate your mode down, or start with the bottom and drive your room up, really be sure the first board is degree, since the residue will follow suit.( Keep in attention that your committees may not fit evenly top to bottom, depending on the extent of the boards versus the high levels of your wall; if you’d preferably have a full board at the top, getting started .)

8. Paint with maintenance. Shiplap adds warmth to a bath in A Cottage Reborn in Coastal Maine. Photograph by Justine Hand. Above: Shiplap supplements cordiality to a tub in A Cottage Reborn in Coastal Maine. Photograph by Justine Hand.

The charm of shiplap comes from the discernible spread between the board members. If you choose to paint yours, coat with care to be sure the make-up doesn’t fill in the gaps.

9. Obsessed with shiplap? There’s a tee shirt for that.

As a testament to just how popular shiplap has become, Magnolia Home( by Chip and Joanna Gaines or Fixer Upper renown) now exchanges a #shiplap tee shirt for $26.

10. The downside: dust. A detail of shiplap in Sheila Bonnell‘s guest room; photograph by Matthew Williams for Remodelista, as seen in Remodeling 101: The Ultimate Wood Paneling Guide with Jersey Ice Cream Co. Above: A detail of shiplap in Sheila Bonnell‘s guest room; image by Matthew Williams for Remodelista, as seen in Remodeling 101: The Ultimate Wood Paneling Guide with Jersey Ice Cream Co .

If you install shiplap horizontally, be aware that the small gaps that give shiplap its appeal are also perfect little spaces for dust to collect. Give your walls a once-over with a duster or cloth every once in a while to be sure they bide dust-free.

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