Peel and Stick Shiplap 101

You’ve watched all the DIY home makeover shows and pinned all your favorite looks and dream rooms on Pinterest. After much deliberation, DIY inspiration has sparked your inner Joanna, and you're movin’ on to the next level. You’re ready to take on a room makeover. If you're anything like me, you've already told everyone about your big plans, and they're anxiously awaiting the results.

Peel and Stick Shiplap in a Nutshell

The ever-so-popular design style using wood planks created with flush edges for a near-perfect seamless fit started with the building of watertight boats, it found its way to barns, sheds, and the exterior of buildings as siding. Wood planks were cut with grooves on the top and bottom, in order to fit together securely with a slight overlap.

With the modern and french farmhouse style becoming so popular, shiplap is back in style. The good news is that with peel and stick shiplap panels, everyone will think you became a master woodworker when they see your wall or ceiling, but in fact anyone can do it.

Stikwood and the Shiplap Look

The shiplap style itself has created quite a buzz in the interior design world for its ability to make rooms appear more substantial, add texture, and so much more. The popular look can transform any area by providing a focal point as an accent wall or covering all walls for a full room makeover. Stikwood, the game-changing peel and stick wood option, allows you to easily create that sought-after shiplap look you crave.

A Bit of History

Backed by over 30 years of experience in the woodworking industry, the vision of helping to bring the look of the outdoors into your home sparked the creation of the world’s first peel and stick wood product.

Responsibly sourced throughout the U.S., Stikwood is constructed with a combination of reclaimed and new wood, or sustainable wood. It’s brought new meaning to interior design. You won’t be needing your hammer and nails or buckets of paint for these projects. Now anyone can transform any space within a matter of hours with our gorgeous, easy to use panels.

The biggest challenge you’ll face will likely be making your Stikwood selection. Personally, my head was spinning with endless possibilities. Do I start with the Weathered Wood White shiplap look to create the oh-so-cozy home office I’ve always wanted? Or maybe the warm look of the Cobblestone peel and stick wood to open up our confined kitchen space. The most popular of our 30+ finishes for a shiplap accent wall is Hamptons.

Installing Shiplap in Your Home

Typical Shiplap installation takes a lot of skill and the right power tools. The boards are heavy and need to be nailed up. If you're going this route you'll also want to have a plan for outlets and when you reach doors etc. because they will be 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick and might require you to re-trim windows and doors. Because the boards 'lap' each other the order you install them also matters. You might consider traditional shiplap planks for a new install (although this is debatable) but for remodels peel and stick is the way to go.

With Stikwood peel and stick shiplap planks you can get the shiplap look without all the hassle. Stikwood planks are designed thin, so you won't need to remove your baseboards or extend your outlets. They don't require nails and overall are just much easier to work with. If your wall is reasonably flat, dry and clean, you can install a shiplap accent wall in a day usually.

Check out our Installation Guide to see just how easy it is to install peel and stick shiplap panels.

Ordering Your Shiplap

Typical shiplap is sold in linear feet. For non-woodworkers this is pretty complicated so we sell Stikwood in square feet. The planks themselves are 5 inches tall and will vary from 1 to 4 feet long (you'll get a lot of each length). This variation in lengths gives your wall a nice staggered, classic look.

Our How to Measure video will walk you through measuring your wall and determining how much Stikwood you need.

Shiplap, Like Any Wood Product, Needs to Acclimate to It's New Environment

Did you know that wood is basically a sponge? Shiplap planks are no different, and anyone installing shiplap planks in their home needs to let them acclimate properly—this is why wooden shiplap boats need to remain in water, otherwise the planks will shrink as they dry out and the boat will become unseaworthy.

Depending on the type of shiplap you choose, the acclimation time will be different…from no time if you are using an MDF product, to up to 2 weeks if you are using a typical solid wood or engineered product. Stikwood is real wood, but thin, so the acclimation time is 2–5 days.

Can You Shiplap a Ceiling? You Can with Stikwood…

Want to install shiplaps planks on your ceiling? With traditional shiplap planks this is a project many seasoned pro's will decline. Between the weight of the planks, the overhead install and the amount of trim work normally required the cost can be outrageous. But Stikwood has changed all of this!

Because our planks are lightweight and thin, this project is something anyone can take on and complete easily.

An adhesive shiplap look for your ceiling allows you to add a fresh look to any room. It adds a beautiful touch to tray ceilings, whether you choose a subtle Stikwood style or a bold accent look. Cathedral ceilings are always awe-inspiring and will have your friends and family raving about your work. Maybe you shouldn’t even mention it’s a simple peel and stick wood installation.

Ready to start your home makeover? Head over to our shop to begin selecting your new look. While you're at it, pick up a few of our Stikwood samples to help you start envisioning your next space to tackle. We can’t wait to see what you create!