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Pocket Doors Fit Right In

When planning a new home construction or remodel project, consider installing pocket doors to give any room more floor and wall space. 

A pocket door slides into an adjacent wall and completely disappears when fully open.  This type of door option is great for uses in a Jack and Jill bathroom with a full length mirror, laundry or utility room, closets, office or as room dividers.



Advantages of using pocket doors

1.       Can add an average 10 square feet of floor space

2.       Opens up wall space for a more holistic design, furniture, bookcases and art

3.       Single and double door versions

4.       Great for ADA accessibility

5.       Choose a door to match existing styles throughout the house or offset as a decorative art statement

6.       Fits into 2x4 and 2x6 construction

7.       Available in ½ high versions for pet and small children barriers

8.       New and improved hardware since originally used in Victorian era.

9.       Creates privacy in master baths


Construction Cons

1.       The pocket wall space must be free of utilities (electrical, plumbing air ducts etc.)

2.       Repairs can be more challenging

3.       More involved installation

4.       The wall that conceals the pocket frame cannot be penetrated for anchoring.

5.       Less acoustical privacy

Home Depot carries a wide variety of pocket door frames, parts and accessories including the industry leading Johnson Hardware 2000 series, which can hold up to 400 pounds.  See chart below



Choose almost any design door slab to accent your particular room décor.  It is best to use a solid core door to avoid having the hardware over time pull through a hollow core door.  Also choose heavier duty hardware so it is ready for many type of door.



Pocket doors may not be suitable for every doorway but they can be the perfect solution for specific situation in your home.  It is worth considering.


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Posted 2015-07-07T17:14:04+0000  by Char_HD_CHI Char_HD_CHI
Greetings Char,

That pocket door post was so informative!

I am considering installing a barn door on a small bathroom to save floor space, and not intrude on the space.

Do you have any insight into that type of door application?

I have always loved the way the rolling barn doors, and big industrial loft doors look!

I look forward to any input you may have.

Thanks,   Maureen

Posted 2015-07-07T18:27:33+0000  by Maureen_HD_BOS
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