picture of shiplap rabbet joint on table
November 8, 2019

If you didn’t catch our last post, wood wall accents and paneling are extremely popular. Wood has a unique ability as a material to both dress up a place as well as dress it down. To the layperson, all wood paneling is more or less doing the same job. However, as a company that deals primarily with wood products, we can tell you that this definitely is not the case. There are many different ways to accent your walls with wood but there are also many different ways to install it as well (some are easier than others.)

What is Shiplap Wood?

Shiplap doesn’t refer exactly to a type of wood so much as it is how that wood is designed for paneling. This design comes down to the joints of the boards, those joints are what makes it shiplap. Shiplap boards are unique in that if you view them from the side, you will notice that the edge of the board has an overlapping groove reminiscent of a Tetris piece shape. This edge is called a rabbet joint.

The rabbet joint allows for the shiplap panels to be stacked in a way that when put together, can create fantastic texture and irregular patterning. One of the chief complaints we have about most wood paneling products is that because they stack evenly, they simply create a very symmetrical patterned look which looks more like flooring more than anything else. With shiplap (as well as our own highly aesthetic glue and stick wood wall accents), it is relatively easy to create non-linear patterns that really draw the eye.

Apart from its aesthetic value, shiplap is notably phenomenal at keeping things like moisture out—they used to use this stuff in ships. It not only works great indoors as an accent to a wall or covering an entire section of a wall, but externally it creates a weatherproof seal due to the rabbet joints locking in place to create a seal against moisture.

How is Shiplap Different Than Tongue In Groove?

As we said earlier, shiplap can be identified by the 90-degree grooves that are on the tops and bottoms of the boards. Another type of wood paneling—tongue in groove, is very similar to shiplap in the sense that they both rely on a type of bevel to fit together. Those looking to make renovations may find themselves having to choose between these two types of paneling. The difference between them lies entirely in ease of installation and that very important factor: cost.

Tongue in groove paneling is great because it offers a very traditional design that can be used in a wide variety of applications. The issue is that unless you have a lot of time on your hands, it can take quite a bit of effort and time from you. Professional installation is for the same reasons listed quite expensive due to labor costs.

Shiplap, on the other hand, is well known to be easy to install and highly economical at the same time. However, there is a third option that’s even easier and cheaper to boot…

Easy Wood Panel Installation

What makes DRVA New Vintage Wood so special is that you can install it easily just about anywhere in your home! Using our USDA approved bond-all eco adhesive, you can achieve a sophisticated look in your home with a fraction of the effort it takes to apply traditional wood paneling using nails and other such means. We have a variety of highly aesthetic and unique finishes. No matter how picky you are, we’re confident that you are sure to find a finish that appeals to you. We’re also proud to announce that we have shiplap coming soon as well!

Install DRVA’s New Vintage Wood in your home today! If you have any questions about our product, give us a call at (855)-472-0300 or visit our contact page.

wood panel bedroom
September 24, 2019

Trends are an interesting phenomenon. In any given aesthetic field there is always a set of classics. Staple items that never go out of fashion, such as a great pair of indigo jeans that can be dressed up or down. Trends are a different story though, they’re highly novel choices that may come and go in popularity and one never knows what it is that makes them acceptable in one generation and unacceptable in the next. One of the latest and greatest comebacks in the home decoration world today is something we at Drva Wood Co are real pleased about. It’s wood paneling!

The Heyday of Wood Paneling

Wood paneling is something Millenials and younger may only remember through famous shows that were syndicated on television, such as The Brady Bunch, Wonder Years, and much later, That 70’s Show. It’s easy for us to look back on prior generations and not fixate too much on the details. I know when I think of what the average home in the 60s might’ve looked like, there might be a hazy image that I could put together and call it the 60s. However, when you really start to nitpick at the details and consider it, you realize that there are a few things that tend to be ubiquitous generation to generation.

For the 50’s onward and going into the ’70s, you would be hard-pressed to not find a suburban home that didn’t have wood panels in the living room and bedrooms. Heck, the trend was even so popular that many station wagons of the time sought to place wood accents on the body of the car. In my humble opinion, it was a terribly ugly occurrence that never should have been brought to the light, but hey, at least it looked good on walls, right?

The Future is Now

This wood panel trend continued on into the ’80s but started disappearing at the turn of the century and by the 1990s, many old homes had these panels ripped right off because people were not only sick of them, but they did not fit in with the increasingly popular modern/industrial style that was making its way into office and homes everywhere. The future was here, and wood panels were for hippies and flower children.

Things tend to come and go, not just fashion choices but states of mind in the public consciousness—and these inevitably inform the fashion of our times.

This is all just conjecture, but hear me out. After the industrial revolution, there was a huge fixation on new technology making its way into homes. Better automobiles, fancy kitchen appliances, the advent of television and subsequent product marketing and innovations. This led to a very future-oriented mindset in the populace, things were changing fast. Parallel that to how people feel in today’s age, from 2007-2017—a mere 10 years, we had a landslide revolution in handheld smartphone technology and all of the connectivity that goes with that. So suffocating has this become as of late, that people are already trying to find way to return to basics, to something more natural-looking.

Easy Wood Panel Installation

So, you’re telling me it’s a coincidence that wood paneling is becoming popular again? I don’t think so. Guess what else is popular these days? Everything about the ’80s; synth music, films of the era, and TV shows that emulate and pay homage to those things are out in full force and have been for a few years.

Needless to say, many people are jumping at the chance to make their sterile modern homes look a bit more rustic and chic.

Our very own Ryan O’Leary founded Drva precisely for this reason. He wanted to use wood paneling in a home project and quickly found himself frustrated with the options. And like many great products, Drva Wood was born from those frustrations and a lack of any good options.

Drva’s New Vintage Wood is the easiest way to install wood paneling into your home. You simply obtain the panels and use Bond-All Professional Grade Eco-Adhesive, it’s an incredibly strong adhesive that is FDA approved and 100% safe for interior use.

Contact us here to beautify your home with New Vintage Wood paneling!