Pocket Doors

by Julie

Pocket Doors are Unique and Functional

A pocket door slides into a cavity in the wall.  The photo below shows a 2-panel pocket with wide casing.  Pocket doors can be any style:  flush, paneled, louvered or glass.

The “type” of door mainly refers to its structure or how the door will function.  There are 5 different types: single, double, bifold, bypass and pocket.   Mainly the type refers to whether the doors are set in a double opening, single opening and how the doors operate: swing, fold or slide.  The names of the types are very commonsense.

The features of a pocket door are:

  • This is the option when there is not enough space for the door to swing open into a room. Sometimes, it is the only choice!
  • These are common in bathrooms or laundry rooms, although as seen below, they can be used effectively between other rooms.
  • Pocket doors can be very dressy and unique while saving wall space!
  • The major disadvantage to a pocket door is that they are difficult to work on if they get stuck or need repair.  In that case, the wall will have to be opened up to access the track and sliders.  Minor adjustments can be made without opening the wall.
  • Pocket doors are the most expensive choice, for both the cost of the door unit and the carpenter’s labor costs for installation.

Look here to find a door company.

Pocket door.  2-panel-decorative.  Note the extra wide casing and molding.

Pocket door. 2-panel-decorative. Note the extra wide casing and molding.

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