An easy-to-use softwood board that is pre-primed and is ready for painting without needing to sand.
Nearly free of flaws and knots, select is the highest grade of board available.
Made of strong natural wood that comes untreated and accepts fasteners well.
Aesthetically pleasing for outdoor projects, cedar resists rotting if treated regularly.
These boards resist water, are long lasting and do not require paint or stain.
Denser than softwoods, hardwoods accept stains well and are commonly used in furniture projects.
A medium-density fiber board with a smooth finish that accepts paint well and can be used in many applications.
Reclaimed wood or new lumber that is distressed to give it a weathered, rustic look.
A puzzle-like joint that creates a strong, tight connection.
Right-angled edges for flush joining of boards.
Milled with an overlapping stair-step, this butt-joint creates a clean seamed edge with nickel-gap appearance.
The most popular appearance boards and planks come in a 1" thickness. Other popular board widths are often in 2-inch increments for an easy-to-measure and easy-to-cut experience. Reminder: Dimensions are nominal, not actual.
With its warm, rustic look and feel, shiplap is a very popular way to upgrade the look of an accent wall, ceiling or even an entire room.
When choosing between shiplap appearance boards and shiplap paneling: Paneling installs quickly and generally mimics the look of shiplap while appearance boards take a little longer to install and give a more authentic look and texture.
Giving a rustic look and feel, barn wood panels are designed to mimic the appearance of reclaimed wood.
For a modern take on the rustic look, consider stone paneling which gives the look of real stone without the heaviness and expense of actual stone.
Typically installed about on the bottom 1/3 of a wall, wainscoting gives a traditional decorative touch while protecting walls from the backs of chairs.
Designed to be aesthetically pleasing, acoustic wall paneling helps to dampen noise and reduce noise transference in large rooms, playrooms and music studios.
Both appearance boards and wall panels can transform the look and feel of a space.
Choose the Right Boards
If you’ve never worked with lumber, check out our Lumber Buying Guide for information and tips on how to choose the correct type for your project. Which board you use can vary based on your project size, budget and how much time and effort you’d like to put into it. Boards come in a variety of materials, species of wood as well as quality of board. Wood planks can vary based on treatment, density, appearance and maintenance. Pine boards are among the most common given they are good to use across many project types.
The Home Depot also offers barn wood that gives a rustic look and comes as either treated reclaimed wood or new lumber that has been distressed to give the appearance of reclaimed wood.
When thinking about effort of installation, consider the joint type for your boards. The three most popular joints are tongue and groove, square edge and shiplap.
Get the Look with Panels
Uniform and easy to install, paneling is an option that gives an authentic look without the time, expense or maintenance of original materials. Common types of paneling include FRP panels, 3D panels and shiplap panels. For traditional looks, wainscoting panels and beadboard panels give an authentic classic look without all the measuring and cutting of boards.
Panels can also be used for sound dampening. Acoustic wall paneling can help stop sound from traveling between rooms while bass traps can help trap sound inside booths in recording studios.