Interior doors are both a source of practicality and aesthetic. They make it possible to maintain privacy from public areas, balance temperature (heating and cooling), and block sound between different rooms. Due to these qualities, wooden doors are the most popular kind of interior doors. Another reason for them being so popular is because of their versatility and being less costly in nature (in case of certain types of wood). But one thing to keep in mind is that not all types of woods can be used as door wood when it comes to interior doors. Why do you think that is so? It is because interior doors need to be a combination of insulation, durability, and versatility, without costing too much. Examples of door wood that can be used for interior doors are:

  • Engineered wood
  • White Oak
  • Poplar
  • Cherry
  • Mahogany

These are just some of the options out of many other types of wood that can be used as door wood. There are a lot of others too, but we will only be looking into these for now.

Engineering Wood

The most common and effective type of interior doors are made of an internal core, which is made of composite engineered wood and the exterior surfaces are treated in a thin sheet of wood veneer. These types of doors evolved from the hollow doors that were present during the time of World War 2. Those doors were proven to be poor quality ones with poor insulation. The solid wood doors, made of oak, that were being used proved to be expensive.

But the question here is that why exactly engineered wood should be used as a door wood? The answer to this is simple. It is because engineered wood makes for sturdy doors that can resist cracking and provide appropriate insulation. Also, this type of wood is not very costly to purchase as compared to other types of solid hardwood doors. Another advantage of engineered wood and doors made from it is that they can be purchased in a variety of finishes, stains, and paints. They are decorative doors and are highly versatile.

White Oak

Modern home designs are based upon functionality, practicality, and style. This is exactly what white oak provides as well.  Solid, white oak, interior doors are handy in all three departments. They are highly water and crack resistant. These are some of the reasons as to why solid white oak interior doors are preferred for children’s rooms, bathrooms, and recreation rooms. Due to the qualities that it entails, white oak can also be used for exterior doors i.e. main or front doors.

The grains of white oak doors are symmetrical and smooth, which makes them perfect to be painted upon and also to stain. It is also considered to be a budget-friendly option for interior doors as compared to the other door wood options for solid doors. They provide similar features of durability and strength but at a lower cost. White oak color varies between the shades of pale yellow to rich brown.


Poplar is known to be a cost-effective type of door wood. However, it does not have the same distinctive kind of grain that the other types of wood do. This type of strong and medium-density wood makes for a good source of sound reduction and a heat insulator. It is really good for painting and staining. Both of these, painting and staining, can be done very easily on it. But, the dark streaks that this type of wood has, may respond differently to the stain as compared to the rest of the wood. The colors that poplar is available in, range from greenish-yellow to a very light white.


Cherry is a door wood that has a beautiful, wavy grain on it. This is one of the reasons why it is such a desirable choice for decorative interior doors as compared to the rest of the wood types. It is a medium-strength wood and is resistant to any kind of damage and warping. However, cherry wood is expected to change its color over time when exposed to light. This is why it is more suitable as an interior door, due to lesser light exposure indoors, as compared to being an exterior door. Cherry absorbs stains well and can be stained in a variety of finishes which range from a clear natural finish to a deep red finish.


Mahogany is known to be the most popular type of interior wood available and being used. Mahogany wood doors are a perfect combination of design and practicality, like interior doors should be. This type of wood has dreamy grains, affordable prices, and long-lasting durability. The reason for these doors being mostly preferred by people is that they are a perfect combination of beauty and affordability. Alonso is one of our doors which is made of mahogany and entails the same features that have just been mentioned. These doors are available in a variety of colors and grain patterns and tend to stain easily, making them a simple addition to any home or business.

We’ve done our part by telling you some of the reasons as to why these different types of woods can specifically be used for interior doors and why not all wood types can be. Now it is your time to choose which door wood you’d like for your interior doors. It’s for you to decide which wood suits your door the best. And if you can’t figure it out on your own, you will always have experts like us around to help you out.