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How to Mount TV on Shiplap Wall – Full Overview, Tips & More

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Shiplap walls look lovely in just about every interior you can think of, and mounting a TV in that space can really elevate it. 

Not only does it look great but mounting a TV onto your shiplap wall can also save space in your living room.

Quick summary

In this post, we have provided detailed instructions on how you can mount a TV onto a shiplap wall in no time. 

We’ve provided a list of tools and supplies you will need as well so make sure that you go through it. 

Let’s get started.

Tools and Supplies Needed


Many people are intimidated when they have to mount a TV onto a wall that isn’t Drywall that has wooden studs. 

The fact of the matter is that the processes for mounting a TV onto different types of walls are more or less the same. The factor that differs largely is the tools and supplies required for the job. 

We highly recommend that you gather the tools and supplies listed in this section first before you start the mounting process. This will make it much more efficient since you’ll have everything you need on hand. 

The tools and supplies required to mount a TV on a shiplap wall are: 

  • Assorted screws and bolts (that you received from the wall mount) 
  • A screwdriver or a socket
  • A wall-mount 
  • A helper
  • Drill bits
  • A level
  • A stud finder
  • wrench
  • A drill
  • A pencil or marker

Gather all of the tools and supplies first and once you have everything, you can get started with the mounting process. 

How to Mount a TV on a Shiplap Wall?
(Step-by-Step Guide)


You may be surprised to hear that the process to mount a TV onto a shiplap wall with studs is largely the same as that of Drywall with wooden studs.

Many people wonder if they can mount a TV directly into a shiplap wall without using the studs inside it. 

While this can be done with the right toggle bolts or wall anchors, we still highly recommend that you utilize the studs in your shiplap wall. 

They do a much better job of bearing the load of both your TV mount as well as your TV.

To mount a TV on a shiplap wall, follow the steps described below: 

Step 1: Before you take your drill and start drilling holes in the wall, you need to first decide where you actually want to mount your TV. 

It’s important that you take your time when deciding the location because if you decide on an inappropriate one, it can cause a ton of problems down the line. 

Ideally, you should choose a location that is near a power outlet and allows you to watch TV comfortably. If it’s possible, the location should also be far from a window or any other similar light source. 

This is because an external light source can cause glare on your TV screen. 

Once you’ve decided on a location on your shiplap wall, you can begin work on it. 

stud finder

Step 2: To start off, you will need to first identify the locations of the studs in your wall. 

Ideally, you should install the TV mount onto a minimum of two studs. If possible, you should install it onto three studs. 

Run the stud finder across the location that you have chosen on your shiplap wall. Depending on the model and manufacturer, the stud finder will either beep or flash to let you know when it’s on top of a stud. 

Every time you identify the location of a stud, use a pencil or a marker to mark it. 

Once you have the locations of the two or three studs that you will use, you can move on to the next step. 

Step 3: Ask your helper to hold up the TV mount at the location you have decided on your shiplap wall. 

Your helper should hold the TV mount in such a way so that its screw holes line up perfectly with the locations of the studs you found in the last step. 

You must also use a level to ensure your helper is holding the mount upright. 

As your helper is holding up the mount, you need to use a pencil or a marker to mark the locations of the screw holes on the wall. 

Step 4: Once the appropriate locations of the screw holes have been marked, you can begin to drill into them. 

Use your drill to pre-drill the holes for the screws of the mount. Please note that the holes need to be just slightly smaller than the screws for them to fit perfectly. 

Be careful not to overdo this step as you can easily damage the wall if you apply too much force. 

Step 5: Once the holes have been drilled, ask your helper to hold up the TV mount at the same location once again. 

If you’ve done everything correctly, the screw holes of the mount should align perfectly with the holes you drilled in the last step. 

Insert the screws into these holes and tighten them by hand as much as you can. After that, use a screwdriver to finish the job. 

Be careful not to over tighten as you can easily bend the brittle metal of the mount and/or damage the wall if you do so. 


Step 6: After the mount has been successfully installed into the wall, you can now mount your TV onto it. 

Ask your helper to hold up the TV so that the mounting holes align with the holes in the mount. 

Use a screwdriver or a socket wrench to tighten the screws until the TV is firmly attached to the mount. 

Again, you need to be careful at this stage so that you don’t over-tighten the screws. If you over tighten, this can damage both your TV as well as the mount and render their holes unusable.

Wrapping Things Up…

That’s pretty much all there is to know about mounting a TV onto a shiplap wall. 

We really don’t understand why people get so intimidated when they have to mount a TV on a shiplap wall since the process is almost exactly the same as that of Drywall. 

If you have any further questions about the mounting process, please let us know in the comments below. 


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