The Real Reason Why Chip and Joanna Gaines Are Obsessed With Shiplap

Chip and Joanna Gaines working on shiplap wall

Chip and Joanna Gaines love to find or add shiplap. | HGTV

It’s no secret that Chip and Joanna Gaines (specifically Joanna) are obsessed with all things shiplap. But is it really as amazing as they think it is?

Find out when we share the reasons why HGTV’s favorite couple like to incorporate shiplap in every Fixer Upper renovation, ahead.

What is shiplap?

While it may look like shiplap is just rows of wooden planks, it’s actually so much more intricate than that. The wooden planks used in shiplap feature a special rabbet cut on the top and bottom, so that the planks can be easily pieced together, like a puzzle. This helps ensure that they not only fit together seamlessly, but — when used outside — they keep water out, too.

Next: Find out why Chip and Joanna Gaines prefer to use shiplap in all of their Fixer Upper projects.

It’s easy to install

bedroom covered in shiplap

The boards go up easily. | Magnolia Market via Facebook

One major benefit of shiplap? It’s incredibly easy to install. Thanks to the rabbet cuts on the tops and bottoms of the wood planks, the boards basically space themselves out and fit together in a seamless and cohesive manner.

Next: This reason will make you love the design trend, too.

It’s inexpensive

wood shiplap

It’s usually made from inexpensive woods. | Joanna Gaines via Instagram

Often faced with low budgets, Chip and Joanna Gaines often have to add their famous touch with little money. Which is why shiplap is the perfect solution. Made from inexpensive woods — such as, pine — shiplap can give a home a rustic look for a low cost.

Next: This is the epitome of Joanna Gaines’ design style.

It’s the perfect way to combine old with new

green table and shiplap wall

It’s timeless. | Magnolia Market via Facebook

Another reason they love it? It’s the epitome of Joanna Gaines’ design style. Shiplap can give a room a rustic feel without making it look too antique. As a result, it blends beautifully with more modern pieces of furniture and home decor.

Next: Shiplap is a perfect solution for effortless design.

It requires little-to-no finishing

Joanna Gaines sitting on stairs with shiplap walls

Joanna Gaines loves painting shiplap white. | Joanna Gaines via Instagram

Once installed, shiplap requires little-to-no effort in terms of finishing. However, Joanna often gives her shiplap walls a more modern feel by painting them white.

Next: This one thing makes their lives easier.

It sometimes comes with a fixer upper

Joanna Gaines sitting in room with shiplap

Historic homes often have shiplap walls. | Joanna Gaines via Instagram

While many of the houses they’ve made over needed some serious work, something is always salvageable. And, a lot of times, it’s shiplap! Often featured in some of the historic Waco, Texas, homes, shiplap walls often come with the house, which makes it a lot easier — and cheaper — for Joanna Gaines to add her touch.

Next: A long-term bonus to using shiplap.

It’s easy to fix

Chip and Joanna Gaines working

You don’t have to be pros like Chip and Joanna Gaines to maintain your shiplap. | HGTV

When designing a house for their clients, they always consider the long term value. Which is another reason why they may install the popular design trend in their home renovations. Should anything happen to the shiplap, it’s super easy to repair — even if you’re not an expert like Chip and Joanna Gaines.

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