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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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