Interior Doors

One of the main components to an architectural salvage company is the collection of interior doors.

Ranging is style, size, colour, material and condition, interior doors are often the most abundant element removed from buildings prior to demolition. In turn, they tend to be a main focus for those looking to refurbish or restore their homes. Below is a quick summary of what sort of antique, interior doors you can expect to find at Artefacts.


6 Panel Door

Also called "cross and bible door" for the configuration of panels, these doors were common in the years preceding 1850 and seen again in the 1920s during the colonial revival period. Today, they have become standard fare in the new door market based on their classic design.

The earlier doors are marked by individual craftsmanship - often hand planed wood is joined by mortise and tenon joints with hardwood dowels for extra strength. Even if hardwood was used, these doors were almost always painted and some of the early colours can be enchanting.

While not always the "correct" choice for your house it is not unusual to find an earlier door in a later house. A 6 panel door could be the focal point you've been searching for!


2 Panel Door

Unusual in style and limited in period application, 2 panel doors are the epitome of Neo-Classical Revival - a style that held sway in Ontario for only about a decade or two (1820s - 40s). As with 6 panel doors, these doors often feature hand planed wood, hardwood dowels and individuality not found in later doors.

Both 2 panel and 6 panel doors can often be found in odd sizes - short and wide, tall and narrow etc. - which can sometimes solve some awkward problems in house restoration.

By far, the most common use for 2 panel doors in our experience is as headboards and counter paneling. Turn the door on its side and paint or refinish and you've got a primitive bed or kitchen island!

4 Panel Door

Where would we be without this most ubiquitous of doors? Found in all periods of Ontario architecture, the 4 panel doors has outlasted all other styles and retains its holding power (the modern craze for hollow core, pressed 6 panels notwithstanding)!

Due to the broad range of periods the 4 panel was used, examples of every type can often be acquired - whether you want hand carved and crude or expertly crafted and utterly refined. The form fits practically any home and the range of sizes is almost endless.

Having said that, the 4 panel door can have a "poor cousin" complex. It is so common that later Victorians took pains to rid themselves of the association - much the way they curdled at the use of unpainted pine (the lowliest of woods). On the other hand, there is an approachable quality, a homey air to the 4 panel that maybe makes our lives more comfortable. I think I'm in love!

5 Panel Door

The 5 panel shares many features of the other styled doors - mortise and tenon construction, clear, knot free lumber, variety of sizes and styles - but is more limited in period use. A dressing up of the more common 4 panel door, the 5 panel door begins to show itself in the 1890s and was widely used for about 30 to 40 years.

The most notable features of the 5 panel are the variety of woods used - pine, fir, chestnut, ash, oak, butternut - and thus, a natural finish - not found on the other doors. It is this quality that usually determines whether one can interchange 4 and 5 panel doors - not such a great concern if you intend to paint but more tricky if a natural finish is required.

While all of these doors, technically, are interchangeable, perhaps these notes will help you discern which door is right for your project.




Board Door

These doors originate from the day the cave got too cold and someone decided to do something about it! Simple planks, tongue & grooved and fitted together with battens, these doors are usually found on bedrooms, in basements and outhouse-like sheds.

Board doors, though utilitarian, often present the most delightful colours, wear and textures. We use them for gates, cupboard fronts - even table tops!

Multi-Panel Door


There are many other styles of doors - 1 panel, 3 panel, 7 panel etc - that make their way into Artefacts. Many are too new for us (post 1930s) so we tend not to focus on them but some are old and unusual and can really make an impact. Keep an open mind and you just might get a surprise!

Horizontal Panel Door

There was a time when no one wanted these doors. We couldn't give them away! Slowly we were able to convince people that if you flip the door sideways, it makes a great headboard or counter front - even wainscot.

An alternative to 4 and 5 panel doors, the horizontal panel door was popular from about 1895 to 1920 and has become popular once again as houses from that era are now being restored.



Interior Doors in Stock

Artefacts has hundreds of interior doors to choose from at any one time. Some are sold as sets but most are available individually and range in price from $55 to $95 with a few selling for less and a few selling for more. Bring your measurements and start exploring!


Door Stalls

Our interior doors are arranged in stalls from which they can be drawn and viewed. Here can be found all the different styles and sizes we carry. There are separate stalls for oversize doors (more than 36" wide or 84" tall).

Door Sets

We like to keep good groupings together for obvious reasons. These sets can range in number from 4 doors and up and can be a real find.

Lift Knob Door Set

An unusual grouping from Hurondale, ON dating to the mid 19th century. 4 panel with cast butt hinges and rare knob sets.

Lift knobs

These knob sets and latches use counter weights instead of springs and would make remarkable conversation pieces!


Blyth Door set

We recently were called to a lovely old house on the outskirts of Blyth, ON where we found one of the most charming sets of doors we've seen in a long time. The house was less attractive by the time we got there.


The 6 main doors in the house are all roughly 32" x 81", two of which feature this extraordinary tortoise shell faux finish in the panels surrounded by equally well done oak graining.


The secondary doors, of which there are 8, follow the same 5 panel style but are smaller for upstair or back room use. The measure roughly 30" x 77 1/2".


14 door set - Sold