Pocket doors are still a great option for installing doors in tricky areas around the home or office. A pocket door provides the ability to block off sound and achieve privacy while it hides inside of your wall. Small spaces and difficult substrate applications make pocket doors very useful. Pocket doors are great when you want that "open" and "modern, doorless" look for your space. Pocket doors work for basic residential homes as well as commercial office spaces. Essentially, any space where you need to create the functionality of a private, closed-off doorway as well as conceal the door inside of the wall is a perfect way to use a pocket door. Pocket doors are different from sliding barn doors in that pocket doors slide into the wall, hiding inside the wall when the pocket door is not in use. Sliding barn doors are always exposed, sliding on the outside of the wall.
When you order pocket door hardware, there are many options and choices. Let's review each one here:
Single Pocket Door–This is one pocket door in one door opening. This is the most common type of pocket door.
2 Door Pocket Door–This is where you use 2 doors. 1 door passes behind another door and both retract and hide in the same side of the pocket door wall space.
3 Door Pocket Door–This is where you use 3 doors. 2 doors pass behind the front door and all three doors retract and hide in the same side of the pocket wall space.
2 Door Converging Pocket Doors–This is sometimes called a by-parting pocket door. This is where 2 doors come together, each from a different side of the wall. The doors meet, or converge and then each door retracts back into the opposite side of the wall.
4 Door Converging Pocket Doors–This is where 4 doors come together, 2 doors from each side of different walls. The doors meet, or converge and then each 2 door pairs retract back into the opposite sides of the wall.
6 Door Converging Pocket Doors–This is where 6 doors come together, 3 doors from each side of different walls. The doors meet, or converge and then each 3 door pairs retract back into the opposite sides of the wall.
Corner Pocket Door–This is where 2 doors come together at a corner, each coming together and closing off a corner space and each retracting back to different sides of the wall.
Below is a diagram that better illustrates how each system works.
When you install a pocket door, you will need the following tools and materials:
- Pocket door hardware for a 2 x 4 or 2 x 6 wall
- Pocket door frame for a 2 x 4 or 2 x 6 wall (this is for a remodel where you need the entire wood frame and the hardware)
- Pocket door lock
- Pocket door pull
- A Rustica door for use as your pocket door
Installation tools for installing the Rustica pocket door include:
- Measuring tape
- Speed square
- Paddle bit
- Drill bit