Board & Batten Interiors


Board and batten is a traditional style of architecture used on both interior and exterior projects. Commonly used as wooden siding outdoors, board and batten provides interior wall paneling similar to wainscoting. Board and batten paneling involves using various wooden boards spaced apart by narrower boards called battens. Board and batten projects may be accomplished in virtually every room in the home. The board and batten technique also makes attractive shutter-style window treatments.

Board and Batten Definition

  • Board and batten paneling is defined as "a vertical design created using wide clear or knotty cedar boards spaced apart with narrower boards (battens) covering the joints," according to the Bear Creek Lumber website. The board and batten process can be done with many different size boards, as long as they fit together smoothly.

Interior Design Ideas

  • In homes, board and batten paneling is commonly used in kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms to provide attractive wall treatments. Websites such as Our Suburban Cottage and Apartment Therapy provide design tutorials for various board and batten projects. Treat entire walls with the process to provide a New England cottage-type feel. Create elegance in dining rooms by building a half-wall treatment with a chair rail. In bathrooms, the board and batten process may be used to create an attractive feature wall behind mirrors, sinks and vanities.

Window Treatment Ideas

  • In addition to wall features, board and batten techniques can be used to build interesting shutters. Shutters can be used indoors as an alternative to traditional blinds and drapes. They also may be used in addition to a fabric window treatment. The DIY Shutters website features several styles of board and batten shutters, which may be customized to fit virtually any window. According to the website, these traditional shutter designs give a space a design similar to a Swiss ski chalet or a rustic farmhouse. Shutters may be made from sold construction or may feature cut-out shapes and designs. Various board widths also help provide distinctive, customized looks.

Installation Techniques

  • The Bear Creek Lumber website offers details about how to properly install board and batten treatments. Begin by attaching boards to the structure with nails through the center of the board. Batten boards are placed in between the first boards. Edges are fitted together by sliding the edges together and securing with nails. The batten should overlay the boards, filling in the gaps.

DIY Ideas

  • In addition to using the cedar boards recommended by the Bear Creek Lumber website, the board and batten look can be recreated using less expensive materials. For homeowners on a budget, the Our Suburban Cottage website recommends using lattice strips. Lattice can be measured and cut for a cost-effective board and batten look.

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