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Are you interested in installing Shaker-style interior doors but don’t know whether to pick hollow-core or solid wood? Both are great options, especially since the Shaker style is an evergreen choice.

But there are a couple of differences that are important to know about. The Reno Superstore has a great selection of interior doors, including Shaker-style ones, but it is always a good idea to understand your personal preferences before ordering.

Let’s have a look at what sets them apart and what you should look out for.

Solid Wood or Hollow-Core Shaker Interior Doors? How to Choose

Finding the right interior door can make a world of difference to your home decor. Let’s have a look at the major differences between hollow-core and solid wood Shaker-style interior doors.


What Is a Shaker-Style Door?


“Shaker” comes from a Colonial-era religious sect established on principles of honesty, simplicity, and utility. This translated into their way of life, including their homes. The minimalist and clean design of Shaker-style doors makes them just as relevant today as they were years ago.

They are characterized by their simple square indents with a flat inset frame. They are extremely simple and do not have any ornamentation; a feature that makes them extremely versatile. You can choose the panel according to your preference.

Now, let’s compare hollow-core doors vs. solid wood interior doors.

1. Structure

Solid wood doors, as the name suggests, are made out of hardwood or softwood. The frame and panel are constructed using natural hardwoods like oak or maple or softwoods like pine. Most solid wood doors have natural woods in their frame, but a single slab solid wood door is less common.

On the other hand,  are made using a thin layer of wood or fibre wood that is applied over a core of honeycombed cardboard or plastic. The veneer finish gives it an authentic look and feel.

2. Appearance

You can’t deny the aesthetic appeal of an interior door. Solid wood doors have a more authentic feel and exude timeless elegance. A Shaker-style solid wood door is especially versatile and works well in almost any decor.

To be fair, hollow-core doors are not far behind style-wise. Since they are both Shaker-style doors, it is difficult to tell the difference from a distance. It’s only when you use it that you understand that hollow cores are lighter. Otherwise, they don’t look different.

3. Sound Proofing and Insulation

Interior doors play a significant role in soundproofing and insulation. Oftentimes, inadequate floor planning and construction can lead to loss of insulation and create more noise. In this aspect, solid doors are hands-down a better alternative.

But there are ways you can soundproof your home successfully, and one of them is by adding foam inside a hollow-core door. At The Reno Superstore, we always advise our customers to choose an option that suits their needs.

4. Budget

No matter what you do, always remember to keep a check on your budget. Try not to overspend. In that regard hollow-core is definitely more budget-friendly than solid wood.

If you are planning to install a Shaker-style door purely for aesthetic value and want a more cost-effective choice, then choose a hollow-core door.

Another thing to keep in mind is the area of installation. If you want a Shaker door for your closet or laundry room, a less expensive option is the more practical choice.

5. Application

Solid wood Shaker-style interior doors are popular because they lend a touch of grandeur. But, because of the wood used, they tend to be heavier. So, it is better to install it only if the price isn’t an issue.

Hollow-core doors are lighter and easier to swing and install, making them popular among homeowners. They are the perfect choice for your pantry, closet, kitchen, and bathroom.

6. Durability and Maintenance

Without a doubt, solid wood doors offer better resistance to damage, especially against physical force.

However, it is also important to consider other aspects. Since they are made using real wood, they are prone to warping, expansion, and shrinkage. They are also less resistant to temperature and moisture. On the upside, they are easy to repair and maintain.

Conversely, hollow-core doors are more resistant to temperature and moisture; so, no warping, curling, expansion, or shrinkage. But they are not resistant to physical force, so, once damaged, their intricate and complex internal structure is often beyond repair, and it is better to replace them.

7. Fire Resistance

Solid doors offer better fire resistance. Hollow-core doors are not qualified for fire-testing but  are often used in less fire-prone areas such as closets and bathrooms.

The Shaker-style is a classic door choice that will suit any home or office. When it comes to selecting a hollow-core and solid wood (Shaker) interior door, it boils down to your preference, where it is to be installed, and budget. The Reno Superstore has a wide selection of high-quality Shaker interior doors. Reach out to us regarding any questions you may have regarding home renovation.

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