Wood Choices

At Hide-A-Way Doors, all of our products are made from Real Wood, never MDF! We offer six types of wood that we have in stock. Choosing the right type of wood for your door will depend on preference and the type of finish you decide is right for your order. Each species of wood have their own characteristics, some are good for painting, some are better for staining.  We do take custom orders for types of wood that we do not have in stock, so be sure to contact for a quote on any special material requests.


Paint Grade: Made from finger-jointed pine, paint grade is the lowest grade we carry. Paint grade comes primed white from the manufacturer and has some imperfections. Less as dense as other woods we provide, paint grade scratches and dents easily. Units shipped unfinished may need more coats of primer as the joints are glued and sanded smooth which does remove some of the primer. We do not apply a primer for DIY finishes.


Paint grade does not take stain but will paint.

Not available on mirror doors

Pine: or Pine Select has very few, if any knots and can be painted or stained (with the use of softwood conditioner). Pine is very soft and scratches and/ or dents easily. Clear pine is somewhat inexpensive and for the most part, is readily available.

​Not available on mirror doors


Poplar: *Poplar is harder than pine or paint grade but is still considered softwood. Poplar accepts paint very well and is stronger than pine but has dark color variation making poplar not optimal for staining. Poplar is readily available but slightly more expensive than pine.

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Alder:  Sometimes referred to as Knotty Alder is a relative of Birch. Alder has a reddish-brown tint with a fairly straight grain pattern. Knots and checks are common with Alder, so people looking for a rustic looking door choose Alder. Alder, because of the rustic knotty look, doesn't accept paint all that well but does look very good stained or clear coated.


Red Oak: Oak is an extremely hard, readily available, and dense hardwood that has very few if any knots. Oak has uniform grain patterns and stains extremely well. Oak has very porous wide open grain patterns therefore Oak Does Not Accept Paint and is better stained or clear coated.


Maple: Maple is commonly known for two different types, Soft or Hard Maple, we use soft maple because it is readily available and is easier to work with than hard maple. Maple has smooth, tight grain patterns making it excellent for painting. Maple is very strong and doesn't dent or scratch as easy as pine or poplar. Maple has fine grain patterns and even colors throughout making it perfect for woodworking projects & cabinet making. Maple takes stain extremely well making it perfect to stain. Maple can be stained to look like other more expensive wood like hickory, walnut, or cherry.