Asked on Jul 20, 2020

How do we put shiplap on a wall with a vaulted ceiling?

Our wall goes from 8 ft in one corner to just over 10 ft. in the other corner. Is it best to start the shiplap at the bottom of the wall or the top of the wall? We are also putting shiplap on the perpendicular wall.

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  • Cindy Cindy on Jul 20, 2020

    Hi Brenda. I think you should start at the bottom of the wall. That is where you will be using full lengths of shiplap. Save all the scrap pieces where you could use them near the top of the wall where smaller pieces are required. Brenda, don't forget to use something for your spacing, perhaps a quarter? There needs to be a very slight space between the shiplap to allow for expansion and contraction as the weather changes. Good luck Brenda.

  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Jul 20, 2020

    Start at the bottom.

  • Sharon Sharon on Jul 20, 2020

    Real shiplap overlaps the board below it.... so its like shingling a roof, start at the bottom.

    If you are just putting boards on the wall, you can start either at the bottom or top.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Jul 20, 2020

    When we put it in our old hallway I spent time watching videos first. Always start at the bottom and be prepared for walls that aren't perfect. Also, paint the wall behind where you are putting the shiplap so that it won't be a problem if you can see it in the small gaps where you space it. I didn't realize that wood contracts so much with the dryer air in winter, and had to do some remedial fixing on one wall. If the wall is the color you are going to use on the shiplap (like white) then it won't matter. Good luck and stay safe!

  • Brenda Grover Clark Brenda Grover Clark on Jul 21, 2020

    Hi Cynthia, thank you for answering my question. I was sure with the ceiling vault we'd start at the top, but with the general consensus being start at the bottom, that's what we'll do. Our winters are so dry and our summers are so humid. The humidity is certainly not from living near a body of water, but rather from the ridiculous amount of rain we've been getting all summer for the past few years. Thanks again for your help...take care and stay safe.

  • on Jul 21, 2020

    Bottom would be easiest!