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A Buyer’s Guide to Double Pocket Doors

If you have a smaller home or simply don’t want to sacrifice usable floor space, double pocket doors can be a great way to divide interior rooms. Plus, you don’t have to commit any wall space to their operation as you would with options like barn doors, making them a wise choice if you prefer to showcase art on those surfaces.

Double pocket doors are available in a variety of styles, including:

  • Flush
  • Panel
  • Glass

Additionally, they can be purchased in a range of materials, including numerous solid wood varieties or hollow core composites. You’ll also find a broad selection of hardware options. This allows you to select doors that not only meet your style needs but also fit your budget.

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Materials

Typically, double pocket doors are either hollow-core or solid wood. Hollow-core options are substantially lighter, making them physically easier to install. Plus, the majority of hardware options for installing hollow-core double pocket doors can easily bear their weight. Wood double pocket doors or those featuring glass are notably heavier than their hollow-core counterparts, so heavy duty hardware is usually required.

However, many people prefer the look of wood and glass, especially in interior spaces where maintenance and energy concerns aren’t as significant. Generally, hollow-core options will be the least expensive. But, if you prefer wood, you can find some lower cost options if you are flexible about the species. For example, pine tends to be cheaper than oak or cherry, and can often be stained to resemble a different type of wood, giving you the ability to save money and still achieve the desired look.

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Styling

Double pocket doors are available in a range of styles, ranging for minimalist to industrial to rustic to traditional. In most cases, contemporary designs are fairly clean, featuring either flush surfaces or only basic panels and a limited about of decorative trim. Traditional versions tend to be more ornate, featuring multiple panels and trim details. Rustic double pocket doors most commonly involve natural wood and potentially unrefined elements.

Industrial variants may be somewhat minimalist or rustic, though their hardware gives them an edge. All varieties of doors can feature glass and still adhere to their general style, though double pocket doors with intricate glass designs are usually considered more traditional and frosted glass may seem more contemporary.

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Installation

If you are adding double pocket doors to an area and not replacing existing ones, you will usually benefit from purchasing a kit or a pre-assembled unit. These come with all of the hardware and tracks necessary to complete the installation, though pre-assembled units also come with the doors themselves, the jamb, and a pre-made cage.

Using a kit means it will take more work to get the double pocket doors installed since the pieces aren’t pre-assembled, though you may get to choose from a broader selection options. However, it’s important to note that installing double pocket doors for the first time generally requires opening up your walls, so you may need to consult with a professional if you aren’t comfortable with that level of construction.

Questions And Answers

How much does it cost to put in a pocket door?

You should be able to find kits that are able to fit a 2X6 wall construction or a 2X4 wall construction. These kits cost between $150 and $350. If you are looking for professional installation you can expect to pay somewhere between $300 and $550 dollars, depending on complexity.

How do you take out a pocket door?

To remove a pocket door you need to pull the doors in your direction. At the same time that you are pulling the door, you should lift the rollers. You will then be able to remove the door completely from the track to complete replacement, maintenance, or repair.

How much does it cost to put in a pocket door?

A pocket door installation will cost you a minimum of about $400 dollars, that is for materials as well as labor. This is referring to an installation that is straightforward dealing with new construction or if your walls were removed for a remodel. The price can greatly increase from here.

How do you adjust a pocket door?

You will need a flashlight and a ladder to be able to look at the rollers. Most rollers you can adjust using a screwdriver or an open-end wrench. If you can't gain access you will need to remove the trim as well as the top casing.

What is a pocket door for?

Pocket doors have a couple of different uses. The first reason that people use pocket doors is for conserving space. A pocket door allows the door to slide into the wall, thus reducing the need for floor space. Pocket doors also offer an architectural effect that many people enjoy.

How do you put in a pocket door?

You will cut out an opening. Then, you will create the frame. From there, you can get the door installed into the opening you had created.

How do you install a pocket door in an existing wall?

To install a pocket door in an existing wall, you will cut out the opening size you want. After that, you create a door frame. Lastly, you can install the pocket door into that opening.

How do you install a pocket door lock?

You make sure the door is closed. Mark the location where you want the lock. Trace a lock template on the door. Cut through the template and install the door lock onto the pocket door.

How do I change a pocket door to a regular door?

You will take off the molding. Then, you cut and patch the drywall where needed. You can then replace the trim. After that, you can install the regular door.

Can you put a lock on a pocket door?

Yes, you can put a lock on a pocket door. You will just need to trace the lock template onto the door, so you can make sure it gets placed in the door correctly.

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How To Rehang A Pocket Door

Pocket doors are a popular option for closing off rooms that only occasionally need privacy or where floor space is limited. They are often featured in older homes, particularly between common areas like living rooms and kitchens, but have also found a place in modern, minimalist design.

If your pocket door isn’t sliding smoothly, drags on the floor, or doesn’t open or close at all, then it may have fallen off the track. When that happens, you need to rehang the pocket door, so it will operate properly.

Even though part of a pocket door’s track is located inside the wall, rehanging a pocket door isn’t as complicated as it seems on the surface. Here’s what you will need to do to rehang a pocket door.

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How To Adjust A Pocket Door

Pocket doors are handy. They slide easily on tracks into the wall cavity. They are put into the upper portion of your door frame. These are great for saving space since they go into your wall instead of swinging outwards. This way you don’t need to have extra space in your room.

You can put your furniture wherever you see fit since the door won’t swing out to the wall. If you have a dragging pocket door or it won’t close correctly, it is time to adjust your pocket door. It can easily be raised so this isn’t a problem any longer. This home improvement project is quite easy and you don’t need much time to get it done.

How To Trim Out A Pocket Door

How To Trim Out A Pocket Door

Pocket doors are great for those looking for a way to hide doors that are open while also saving space. There are some challenges that come along with trimming pocket doors and completing the installation. Pocket doors have trim on the door frame opening to help maintain a look that is professional and finished. Now that you have your pocket doors installed you are ready to trim the frame out.

You need to obtain a few 1X4 boards while you are at the hardware store along with the rip-cutting blade that you need for the circular saw. With a little patience, you will be able to get the inside of your pocket door trimmed and looking great in no time.

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Interior Pocket Doors

Sometimes, doors can be awkward in smaller areas. They take up too much space, and the swing can make it difficult to properly utilize the room. This happens a lot with closets, laundry rooms, and bathrooms. A great solution to this problem is a pocket door. Pocket doors are doors that you can purchase in a range of styles, and when you need to open the door, it slides into a pocket in the wall. This prevents the door from taking up too much space. In fact, when the door is open, it takes up no space at all because, like magic, they will disappear. Pocket doors can even be doubled if there is a larger entryway that you would like to keep clear when the doors are open. Imagine what it would be like if you could get rid of those flimsy closet bifold doors the builder used to have two pocket doors that soundlessly would glide to the sides and disappear into the wall. You’d be able to see everything and not have to move a piece of furniture, or your shoes, so you could get the door open. read more

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Sliding Pocket Doors

In case you are looking to free up space in your small room or kitchen, a sliding pocket door may be just the right solution for you. A sliding pocket door does not use traditional hinges. Rather, it uses a nifty sliding door track, allowing the door to conveniently and easily disappear inside the crevice in your walls when open. Although sliding pocket doors have very different installation techniques or requirements compared to many conventional doors, they could be a quite easy-to-make and welcome addition to your new house. In addition, a sliding pocket door is a very sensible choice. Pocket sliding doors are available in a variety of designs, materials, and colors, so you will definitely find the one that fits your specific needs and preferences. When conventional doors are opened into the room, they tend to create space between them and the wall that cannot be used. As a pocket sliding door will not open into your room, it will not take up the precious floor space. If you are renovating or remodeling your house, it is better to go with a door that could be neatly hidden inside the wall. On the other hand, if your house is already finished and drywall is complete, keep in mind that it is still not too late to install a sliding pocket door in your room. A small adjustment to the installation process will allow you to have the benefits of a pocket door. There are several types of sliding pocket doors available in the market and these types have changed considerably over the past few years. Moreover, new and attractive styles have helped these convenient doors re-emerge as an extremely popular choice for many home owners. There are several benefits of installing a sliding pocket door in your home and some of them are discussed in the next section. read more

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Is it time to do some remodeling of your home? Will you be one of the homeowners who unfortunately follows the common trend of leaving out the bathroom? Some may call it an unnecessary cost while there are others who feel like it wouldn't benefit them unless they plan on selling their home, which they aren't. Whatever the case, don’t forget the bathroom which, along with the kitchen, are vital pieces to remodel. The number of people moving into apartments rather than owning a home is increasing because of the expensive housing market. While living in an apartment brings with it the understanding of somewhat smaller spaces, in the home it generally is not the same understanding. The growth in the cost-per-square-foot of homes may have resulted in many homeowners waving off the idea of remodeling their home mainly because they feel like it would take up more of the already limited space. Space is precious, and a lack of it can be quite frustrating, so it's understandable to think that way. However, it isn't necessarily true that remodeling your bathroom will take up more space. There are several changes that you can make which won't take up extra space at all. In fact, opting for bathroom pocket doors may be the best investment you can make because they not only take up less space but instead will free up some. read more

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