How To Measure Your Wall For Shiplap Installation

How To Measure Your Wall For Shiplap Installation

Categories: Installation and Maintenance


The first step to installing shiplap: measuring the wall

Measuring the wall is an important first step prior to installation. Proper wall measurements will allow you to calculate the amount of shiplap needed to obtain the best possible fit. Measuring correctly will save you time and money. Follow this step-by-step guide:


1. To begin, you’ll want to run your tape measure along the bottom of the wall for the width and from floor to ceiling for the height. Make sure to measure in several different places because ceilings and floors can be uneven.


 Measuring your wall horizontally


Measuring your wall vertically



2. Find the height and width and then multiply to find the square footage of the area you will be covering.



Calculating sq footage



3. Enter your measurements into our coverage calculator. The coverage calculator will give you how many shiplap 8-foot kits you’ll need.



4. Use the square footage previously calculated to figure out how many boards are needed to cover the wall. Use the square footage and divide that number by the square foot of each board. The square footage of each board can be found on our website and on your packaging.  (120ft2 / 3.08ft2 = 39 boards) Depending on how you stagger your boards, you may need to use more boards, but you'll know about how many boards you’ll need to cover your wall.


Shiplap square footage

The square footage of each board can be found on our product pages under "product dimensions."



Shiplap Packaging_Square footage

The square footage can also be find on your shiplap packaging.



5. Using your calculations, you can determine how much shiplap you’ll need to trim off the top and/or bottom board if you’re not framing with 1x4 trim. If your wall is uneven, you will need to trim your top and/or bottom board accordingly. You may decide to cut the top board, depending on your style preference and how much you’ll need to trim it down.



Final Timeless Gray Shiplap Wall

Notice the top board was cut narrower than the other shiplap boards in order to fit the wall height. You can also trim both bottom and top boards evenly for a more subtle difference.



6. Mark your boards where you'll need to trim them, cut, and set aside for install. You may decide to measure, mark and cut boards a few at a time. 



Shiplap Install Measure Wall



7. Measuring and calculating coverage beforehand allows you to save on trimming details prior to installation. Ready for the next steps? Check out how we marked and located the studs for install.





Interested in more installation tips and tricks? Check out all our install videos in our video gallery


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Measuring your wall vertically