Shiplap can really transform a room. The style you choose could create a nautical oasis or your own rustic get-away. The many diverse styles of shiplap can amplify different styles in your home. With all the strength shiplap brings to the walls in your home, it is no surprise why it has been growing in popularity more and more today.
To begin your shiplap adventure, you will want to decide the pattern, the style, and theme you are going trying to obtain. Once your prep work is complete, you are ready to tackle this project and begin the installation.
Now that your walls are prepped, they are ready to start having your boards hung. Your first board is very important because it begins the whole pattern. Use your tape measure to determine how everything will lay out on the wall. Consider the cuts you will need to make in each board and where they will land on your studs when being installed. You will also want to use your level and make sure your starting board is straight. Some flooring may bow, so pay close attention to your level. Starting at a bottom corner, use your nail gun to tack your board to the wall. Use the stud lines you drew and aim for your studs. Work from bottom to top and directional, building off your installed boards. Your shiplap is most likely tongue and grooved and can click in or snap into one another. Use a tapping block and hammer to ensure everything is tightly clicked into one another. For any cuts, use your circular saw. Make sure to wear your safety glasses when making cuts. The circular saw is a very powerful, unforgiving tool, so be very cognitive of your body parts always! Place your boards on the wall and mark each cut before cutting. There are many different layouts you can apply depending on your style. You may also need to use a jigsaw to carve out your outlets and light switches. Mark where the cuts need to be made and carve them out safely wearing your proper safety equipment.
Have fun and enjoy the project, but always be safe. You may also need a partner or a ladder to hold boards in place while tacking. The installation should be a smooth process with the proper prep work.
Shiplap can make your walls look more elegant and add a ton of character to your space. You will be very pleased by adding this home investment to your space. For more installation tips and tricks, visit us at Levis4Floors. Thanks for reading!