how to trim out a pocket door

How To Trim Out A Pocket Door
Tools Needed
1 Drill
2 Wood screws
3 Boards
4 Rip Blade
5 Circular Saw
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Materials Needed
1 Tape Measure
2 Screwdriver
3 Drop Cloth
Total Cost
$50-$100
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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.

Step-By-Step Instructions

1

Start Trimming

How To Trim Out A Pocket Door

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.

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Cutting And Installing Header Trim

How To Trim Out A Pocket Door

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.

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Opposite Side Trim

How To Trim Out A Pocket Door

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.

4

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.

5

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.

Conclusion

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.

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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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