The term shiplap has been popularized by American home improvement shows. We will examine the meaning of the term shiplap and some examples of its use in sentences.

Shiplap refers to a certain type of board, made of wood, and how it is joined to other boards. In shiplapping, each board has a groove also known as a rabbet cut along the top and bottom of the board, these rabbets allow the boards to be joined in an overlapping manner. Once overlapping, the shiplap has channels between each board, giving a decorative appearance. Joining boards in this manner allows for a more watertight seal. Previously used for constructing outside walls that require low maintenance, shiplap is mostly used today on interior walls for its decorative effect. This shiplap is rarely true shiplap, it is paneling constructed to look like shiplap. The word shiplap first appeared around 1850, it may be used as a noun or a verb. Related words are shiplaps, shiplapped, shiplapping.


Shiplap is the rough-sawn, pine paneling with one-fourth-inch gaps between the boards popularized by Chip and Joanna Gaines on HGTV’s “Fixer Upper.” (The Quad-City Times)

I expected shiplap for days, and a rustic dining room table beneath a dainty chandelier. (D Magazine)

In addition to the cottages, Amanda Lindroth was also responsible for the decor at The Dunmore’s indoor/outdoor restaurant, where she blended historic and modern references using shiplap, seagrass, rattan, and orange-striped textiles. (Palm Beach Illustrated)

Even materials that weren’t original, including the shiplapped ledger board on the living room walls, the antique-white kitchen cabinets and the rough-cut banisters, were selected because they looked the part. (The Rhode Island Monthly)

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