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Unfinished oak vs white: Best finishes for internal bifold doors

David Ross Sales Manager

Author: David Ross - Sales Manager

If you've decided to replace an old door inside your home with a new interior bifold door set, it's important to be aware of all of the options available to you. This includes the type of finish you want these internal doors to display; you may want a style that matches your existing décor, or maybe you're redecorating and have a new colour scheme in mind.

In this guide, we'll take a look at two popular bifold door finishes: unfinished oak and finished white. We'll discuss the features and benefits of these finishes to help you find the best internal door set for your home.

What are the differences between finished and unfinished oak bifold doors?

Unfinished doors are delivered to you as bare wood that needs to be treated, or finished, before the doors can be installed. On the other hand, finished oak internal bifold doors are delivered to your home along with the door hardware, ready to be installed straight away.

A fully finished oak folding door offers a more convenient option if you’d prefer not to finish the doors yourself. At Vufold, we supply a range of finished internal bifold doors which are available in white. This door style is extremely popular among our customers.

Read our guide to find out more about the differences between finished and unfinished oak bifold doors.

What are the benefits of unfinished oak?

Unfinished oak bifold doors have a wide range of benefits including:


Unfinished oak is the perfect option if you want the ability to match your bifold doors to the décor of your living space. With unfinished bifold doors, you can paint the frames any colour you like, which is ideal for creating a door set that complements the rest of the room.

Alternatively, you might prefer to retain the natural beauty of the wood and unfinished oak means you can do just that.

Vufold’s range of unfinished internal bifold doors can be stained or varnished to suit your décor. It is not recommended that you use wax or oil to finish the doors as this can cause issues with the wood and will invalidate the warranty on your doors.


As well as giving you maximum choice in terms of the colour of your doors, an unfinished oak bifold provides a lower cost option than a pre-finished door.


Unfinished oak means maximum flexibility. You have the freedom to create a unique look, whether that means matching your existing paint colour, braving a bold contrast or using varnish to bring out the beauty of the wood.

You will need to set aside space and time to complete the finish. The customisable quality of unfinished oak, along with the lower costs, means these doors are one of the most popular options among homeowners at the moment.


If unfinished oak sounds like it might be the folding door you are looking for, we might have the perfect range for you. Here’s a quick guide to Vufold’s internal room divider bifold doors.

  • Four light ‘crittal’ design for a contemporary feel
  • Range of standard sizes
  • Made to measure available upon request
  • Made with toughened safety glass
  • Choice of opening configuration
  • Some designs can be fitted without a bottom track
  • 40mm thick doors with real oak veneer
  • 15-year guarantee

Price: from £1,109

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oak edge internal bifold door

Why is white a popular option for internal bifold doors?

White has always been a popular choice for interiors. Whether you’re looking to create something ultra-modern or need a door that blends into the background, a white bifold door will always be a stylish choice. It’s great for providing a clean, crisp finish and is brilliant for making the most of the available light.

White bifold doors have a huge range of benefits, which is what makes them a popular choice for many homeowners. These include the following:


White works with any style and décor. Whether you want a contrast or a sleek sweep of white throughout, white will almost always work. In addition, if you decide to change your interior décor in the future or you like to change styles and colours frequently, or you want to make sure your home will be easy to sell in the future, white is a great option.


White is well known for helping light bounce around a room, so if you are putting your folding doors in a darker corner or using them for a gloomy closet, white will help maximise your natural light. Many homeowners choose white to match their existing doors, whether they’re using their bifolds as entry doors or a room divider—the colour is unobtrusive and blends in well.


Vufold’s range of white bifold doors is completely finished and is delivered to your home, completely ready to hang so provides a hassle-free way to install bifold doors.

Best white internal bifold door: Vufold Finesse range

If you’d prefer to opt for a fully finished, white bifold door, here’s a quick guide to Vufold’s slim internal bifold doors range.

  • Engineered for reduced sightlines to maximise light
  • 40mm thick timber frame
  • Fitted with toughened safety glass
  • Range of standard sizes available
  • Bespoke sizes available upon request
  • 15-year guarantee

Price: from £1,029

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white internal finesse door

Unfinished oak vs white: which one should you choose?

If you’re looking for a completely customisable bifolding door, with maximum flexibility in the finish, and you don’t mind doing some of the work yourself, unfinished oak is ideal.

Unfinished oak is also a good choice if you’re on a limited budget since this often works out a little cheaper than a fully finished option.

If you have a flexible budget and you’re looking for something timeless that will arrive ready to hang, then white internal bifold doors will be the perfect solution for your home.

To find out more about the options available or for further advice, please contact our team of experts today.

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David Ross - Sales Manager


David Ross - Sales Manager

About David Ross

David has over 20 years’ experience in the glazing industry across a variety of roles. He joined Vufold in 2012 and his mission is – ‘to make buying windows and doors as easy and stress free as possible’. He is committed to constant improvement and was instrumental in creating our innovative direct-to-consumer e-commerce platform to help grow and expand the business.

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