Sanding doors: A smart DIY guide for a flawless finish

A woman sanding a wooden door by hand
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Sanding doors probably isn’t high on anyone’s list of favourite DIY tasks, but it is a process well worth the time and effort — and done properly it makes a massive difference to the finish of your door. 

As keen DIYers will know, the secret to a successful project often lies in the preparation and sanding doors is an excellent example of this. Cutting corners when sanding doors is almost guaranteed to result in an inferior end result.

Claire Douglas

Claire is a DIY and home interiors writer and content creator who specialises in budget room transformations, creative DIY projects and resourceful home styling. Passionate about interiors and DIY and with over 15 years of home improvement experience under her (tool) belt, Claire runs the popular home interiors blog . 

Always up for a challenge, Claire enjoys learning new skills and shares all her DIY tips, tricks and behind-the-scenes styling insights with followers on her Instagram and Tiktok accounts (both @clairedouglasstyling). 

When she's not writing or DIYing, Claire enjoys foraging for flowers and foliage and experimenting with interesting materials and decorating techniques to incorporate into future interior schemes; microcement and postal tubes were a recent unusual but triumphant pairing!