Shiplap & Nickel Gap - What's the Difference?

Did you know there's a similar look to shiplap called nickel gap? We investigated and found out the difference between these two trendy wall accents.

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Shiplap is the rustic home trend that has swept the nation, but did you know there is a similar look called nickel gap? So, what’s the difference between shiplap and nickel gap?

Shiplap consists of overlapping boards that rest on top on one another, joined together with a rabbet joint. This joint is a groove cut into the board, allowing two boards to overlap.

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Whereas, nickel gap boards do not overlap, but are spaced a nickels width apart. When installing nickel gap, the wall is first covered with a black backing. Boards are then placed on top of the backing, leaving a nickel sized gap between each board.

Depending on the style you prefer, shiplap or nickel gap can be an easy way to bring a little extra character into your space!

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