Simple Shiplap Installation
Installing shiplap in your space can create a more warm and rustic look. The wood that’s usually used, is also used for building barns and sheds. Pieces of traditional shiplap are often created so that the grooves fit the pieces of board together creating a tight seal.
Our DIY expert Mark Rason of Remarkable Woodworks shares how to install shiplap in your home.
1 ¼” brad nails
2” brad nails
Alexandria Mould MDF Shiplap Panels Outside corner Mould (if needed)
Trim of choice for boarder (If desired)
Paintable, Movable Trim Caulking (look for the type that won’t shrink or crack)
4’ Level Stud Finder
18 Gauge Pneumatic Air Nailer (rent if needed)
Saw (Miter and Table Saws would be beneficial, but not necessary)
An Old Robinson (square) Screw Driver
Paintable Wood Filler
1. Identify the style of shiplap that you like: i.e. with/without a border, on top of/behind/replacing the baseboards.
2. Measure walls for material needed.
2a. Tip: most 8’ walls roughly require 14-18 shiplap boards to cover the height. Always measure your space and add an additional 10% for waste/mistakes.
3. Using a stud finder, a ruler and a pencil, identify the studs.
3a. Tip: place a small strip of painters tape on the floor where the stud marks are to allow you to find the studs once the wall is completed. This will make hanging things like photos/ mirrors & shelves much easier.
4. Working from the floor and stacking the boards to the ceiling determine the thickness of the first board and rip board to size.
5. Dry fit boards in place prior to installing to insure the grooves are free from debris.
5a. Tip: use an x-acto knife to cut/clean any debris and/or damaged boards.
6. Apply a generous amount of adhesive to the back of the panel. Work from and nail through the top of the boards tongue, into a stud and repeat this method until you reach the ceiling.
7. Before installing the top board, identify the studs by placing painters tape to on the last board that was installed.
8. Take multiple measurements from the ceiling to where the board will sit on the tongue and work off of your smallest measurement.
8a. Tip: rip boards 3/8” smaller than your smallest measurement. This will provide enough room for the boards to slide into the groves.
9. Once the top board is in place, use to the painters tape on the board below as a reference to the studs location. Nail through the face of the board, in to the stud with a 2” nail.
10. Fill and lightly sand any nail holes. Caulk any gaps. Once dry, you’re ready to Paint.
That’s it! Now you are ready to get started! I’d wish you luck, but you won’t need any! For any additional questions or concerns, feel free reach out to me anytime, at on social media:@remarkableworks. Don’t forget to share your finished projects with us, online, by tagging @homeshowsto on social media. Can’t wait to see what you create.
About Mark Rason
Mark is best known within the online woodworking community for his fun-loving and creative approach to all things DIY. He has a passion for helping people face their fears and find the joys of a “Do It Yourself” project.
In just a few years, Mark has grown his business Remarkable Woodworks, from making custom furniture to building one-of-a-kind decks, built-in cabinets and constructing home renovations. In his free time, Mark enjoys practicing finish carpentry, designing “How-To” plans and providing support/feedback to members of his community.