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.
With your new door in place, it is now time to get a piece of the trim cut to the depth of the drywall and the frame. This is generally about an inch and a quarter but you should use a measuring tape to ensure your measurements. You also want to account for the height of the pocket door frame. Once you have the measurement you can use your circular saw and the rip blade on it to make this cut. The reason you want the use the rip blade is to help give a cut that is clean while also helping to avoid the board splitting when you cut.
Instead of nailing the side jambs to the door frame you will likely find it best to just use screws. This will make it easier if you ever need to take it off in the future. Use your drill on the trim in advance to start the holes for the screws this helps to keep the wood from splitting. Next, use a trim screw with a small head to put the trim in place and place the screws in the pilot holes you made in order to secure the piece in place. Make sure that you don't over place screws in the trim you only need enough to keep it in place. You will need to do this on each side of the opening for the pocket door.
Cutting And Installing Header Trim
Now you need to install the trim for the header. To measure for this piece you will measure the width from the edge of the pocket door frame to the wall. Also, measure the length on each side of the pocket door. Once you have your measurements use the 1X4 board and cut out using the rip blade. To attach the header trim drill pilot holes and then attach the jambs to the header on each side of the frame for the pocket door.
Opposite Side Trim
On this side, you can install a piece that is the full width of the jamb. Measure the opening here. Use the rip blade again to make the cut. Then install it from the floor to the top. You can also use a fake stop to mimic a door that has been hung traditionally. Once the jambs are done you can move on to casing the doors just like you would case door that swings outward.
Put Up Door Casing
If you have the old door casing and wish to do so, you can put this back on the door opening as long as the size of the frame hasn't changed. Use short screws or glue to hold it into place. After you have nailed it in you should use caulk to seal around the seam between the casing and the wall. Use the caulk gun but remember that it doesn't take much here so you don't need to go crazy with the caulk.
If you are making your own causing then you will need to measure the top of the door frame and both sides. Measure the height of the door and the width to get the measurements that you need. Then cut six separate pieces if you will be casing both sides of the door. Make the cut using the rip blade. You need one for the top and one for each side of the door. If you will be doing any painting or sanding of the piece you can do it now or you can wait until it is in place if you prefer to do it that way.
Add Any Finishing Touches
Now that the trim is in place and your casing is finished you can add any finishing touches. Paint or stain the trim to the color you would like if you haven't already done so. This should not take long. Make sure you remember to let the paint or stain dry fully. You can paint the trim once it is up or can you take it down paint it and put it back up. If you do decide to paint while the trim is in place keep in mind that it is a good idea to use a drop cloth, or something similar, to keep any paint from getting on the flooring. This is especially important if the area where you will be painting is carpeted. Once you are finished you can easily dispose of the drop cloth. If you bought a kit that already had the trim pieces for you then you won't have to worry about any finishing touches.
You have now trimmed and put up the casing for your pocket door. Open the pocket door to make sure everything was placed right and measured correctly. Once complete you should have a nice door that saves space and looks great. By investing just a little time and patience projects like this can be completed much more easily than one would initially think.