Door Decisions: Selecting Solid Core vs Hollow Core Doors

Love those renovation plans you’ve drawn up! The color is fantastic. The new furniture you’re eyeing will work well in the space. Those pops of color are perfection. But, wait. The door. What about the door? Don’t overlook the entrance to your room. Beyond the aesthetics, you’ll want to consider the construction of the door you select. The differences in budget and benefits between solid core and hollow core doors will impact your choice.

Solid Core Doors

Don’t confuse the solid core door with a solid wood door. The door we’re talking about here is a particle board (or similar material) center covered with a veneer outer layer. Solid wood doors, in contrast, are just what it says. If you purchased a solid wood cherry door, the entire door, one side straight through to the other, would be cherry wood. On the other hand, a comparable solid core door would be a cherry veneer over a particle board center. 

Hollow Core Doors

The hollow wood door is not literally hollow. The center of this door is a cardboard honeycomb sandwiched between two pieces of veneer and a solid wood frame. 

Make your pick

If budget is your deciding factor, the hollow-core door is a good choice. The construction materials used yield a lightweight and relatively inexpensive option. You won’t necessarily sacrifice style, either. Many of these doors are impressive replicas of their more high-end cousins. These same perks, however, mean such a door is only good for interior use. A hollow core door does not have the security and durability needed for an exterior door.

The solid core door offers several advantages. With its solid construction, this door serves as a better heat and sound insulator than their hollow counterparts. These doors are also stronger and more secure and as such, they will withstand more than a hollow core door. While the solid core door is more expensive in comparison to the hollow core, it does cost less than the solid wood doors making it a good option for many budgets.

Doors in Feng Shui

In feng shui philosophy, door represent the mouth of the inhabitants in the home. No matter what types of doors you choose, make sure they are kept in good working order and they can open at least 90 degrees. Avoid doors that hit each other when they open. Finally, best to avoid double doors in the bedroom!

by Anjie Cho