Should I use beadboard or shiplap to cover one short wall?

by Donna
I have a small bedroom that is about 9 x 10. The 9 foot wall has been damaged (it is plaster) and I think I will just cover it up. Since there is a 2 ft closet door on that wall, should I use beadboard or shiplap to panel?

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  • Dee Dee on Jun 30, 2018
    I personally love bead board. There is a kit that HD has that has all the bed board parts and instructions and is super easy to use. HINT it you edges need a finishing touch, buy dowels and insert in the edges. Makes it look totally professional.

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    • Dee Dee on Jul 03, 2018
      I think that would be perfect or you can do a fake board and batten with lattice boards.That may be a little easier than bead board.

  • Carol Thomas Carol Thomas on Jun 30, 2018
    I agree with Dee. For that size wall I would go with the breadboard. Best wishes!

    • Donna Donna on Jun 30, 2018

      Thank you. I think you are correct. I wanted to beadboard initially anyway, but shiplap seems to be so popular now, I did consider it.

  • Eroque022810 Eroque022810 on Jun 30, 2018
    I wouldn't use either because they require a lot of nails that can crack the wall since it is plaster. Now if you mean the entire wall then you can consider that entire wall damaged once you apply either of these techniques. The good thing about bead board is that it's a classic and will never go out of style and can easily be painted. Shiplap although it has been around a few years it hasn't proven to be a classic yet and I'm personally not a fan of a wall of horizontally placed planks that sometimes are weathered or beat up. Harder to incorporate into different styles. That's just my take on it,I like to stick with classics not trends and I always consider resale value. You just never know and I wouldn't want to mess with plaster. Drywall much easier to find a professional to repair and make it look seamless and in a shorter period of time so cost effective cause not labor intensive as plaster.

    • Donna Donna on Jun 30, 2018

      I am not really worried about resale value for my house. It is small and there will always be a market. Besides, I plan to spend the rest of my life here. The damage was caused by water from the bathroom next to it and is on the bottom half only, but the wall is so short I don't think a half wall would look good. Thanks for your input though.