So you've done the research and have decided to add shiplap in your home. While researching, you probably revealed several different widths of shiplap. Now you aren’t sure which shiplap to use. There are three common shiplap widths on the market: 1x4, 1x6 and 1x8. Here is a breakdown to help you better understand the benefits and styles that come from using different shiplap widths.
1 in. x 4 in. Shiplap Boards
- Often installed vertically
- Popular for using as wainscoting and island wraps
1x4 shiplap is a not too narrow 1x4 board that match the highly desired “skinny lap” look. These boards can be installed as is, used to finish off the ends of walls or can be mixed and matched with other widths to create more unique looks.
When installed vertically, 1x4 shiplap boards can resemble the clean and fresh Cape Cod style.
1 in. x 6 in. Shiplap Boards
- Smaller reveal that looks best in tighter areas
- Popular for use in bathrooms, mud rooms and laundry rooms
1x6 shiplap boards are the most commonly used width of shiplap and also the most traditional. When installed on a wall, the 6-inch width seems to be in the perfect spot of not too wide and not too thin, giving it a more contemporary look.
Rooms with a taller ceiling benefit greatly from having 1x6 shiplap boards installed vertically. This vertical look helps elongate the walls even more. When installed horizontally, they can make a room feel more expansive and modern.
1 in. x 8 in. Shiplap Boards
- Works best in large rooms
- Popular for use in larger rooms, hallways and ceilings
1x8 shiplap boards feature a wide face, making it easier to cover a larger area. The wider face also gives off a more modern style compared to the more contemporary look that you get with a 1x6 shiplap.
These wide-faced boards work great when trying to create a modern Scandinavian look in an accent wall or whole room.
Do you prefer the cape cod skinny, classic or wider modern style boards? Let us know in the comments below.