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A Handy Guide to Pocket Doors

Americans have been using pocket doors since the 1850s, when they were developed as a way to save space in cramped hospitals and homes. The technology hasn't changed much in the meantime—a pocket door is simply a door that slides into a wall rather than swinging from it. Nevertheless, their popularity has increased in recent years as homeowners look for ways to make the most of every square inch of their homes.

If you're considering adding a pocket door to your home, here's everything you need to know about them. You will find different types and designs, advantages and disadvantages, plus tips on installing and maintaining pocket doors.

What Are Interior Pocket Doors

Pocket doors are a type of door that disappears into a wall cavity, or "pocket," when open—hence the name. The initial design has been around for ages, but it fell out of favor in the early 20th century. In recent years, however, they have made a comeback as a practical and appealing alternative to traditional swinging doors.

Pocket doors are easy to install and can be a great way to update the look of your home.

Where to Use a Pocket Door

In general, pocket doors have a broad application in all kinds of tight areas where maneuvering a regular door would take up too much space. You can often a sliding door in utilitarian rooms, such as bathrooms, closets, and laundry rooms. However, pocket doors can also be used to create a seamless, elegant transition between two rooms, such as a living room and a dining room. In a studio, they can also help to create an isolated bedroom.

The pocket design is also popular in homes with an open floor plan, providing a convenient way to divide up space per need.

Closed pocket doors also offer decent sound isolation. That makes them ideal for use in nurseries, bedrooms, home offices, or any other room where you need to limit noise.

In short, pocket doors are a versatile and practical solution for a variety of needs.

10 Advantages of Using Pocket Doors

Overall, a sliding door offers a number of benefits over traditional or pivot doors, making them an excellent choice for residential and commercial applications alike, such as:

    1. Pocket doors can give rooms a distinctive appeal
    2. A variety of designs makes them suitable for any decor style, from traditional to modern minimalist 
    3. Pocket door frames can be installed quickly and easily and are relatively inexpensive. 
    4. Pocket doors can be beneficial in small rooms or hallways, requiring no clearance to swing open 
    5. Because they do not protrude into the room, pocket doors can maximize the utility of tight spaces
    6. Double pocket sliding doors can create a smoother transition between areas  
    7. Sliding pocket doors can provide greater privacy than regular doors—some designs make them impossible to notice when closed. 
    8. They can help divide large rooms into smaller ones as needed 
    9. A pocket door is also easier to handle than a traditional swinging door, making it a convenient solution for people with limited mobility 
    10. When closed, pocket doors create an effective sound barrier

      Types of Pocket Doors

      There are three main types of interior pocket doors: single-door, bi-parting double pocket doors, and bypass sliding pocket doors.

      Single-Pocket Door 

      A single-door design is the most common type of pocket door. It consists of one panel opening into a small wall pocket. The openings typically range between 2 and 4 feet wide. 

      Bi-parting Double Pocket Door

      Bi-parting pocket door design consists of two identical elements. They meet in the middle and open head-to-head into pockets on either side of the door frame. Sliding pocket doors are often used in applications where two spaces need to be joined, such as closets.

      Bypass Sliding Pocket Doors 

      This is another type of double pocket door, comprising two or more pocket door slides. As the name indicates, the panels glide past each other in order to open. This type is commonly used as closet doors or room dividers.

      Pocket Doors Design & Materials  

      Pocket doors can be either flush (with the door surface level with the surrounding wall space) or recessed (set back slightly into the wall so that only the trim is visible). The material options are broad and include metal, glass, or even mirrored glass, and wood.

      When it comes to choosing a design, it's essential to consider both aesthetics and function. For example, if you're planning on using a pocket door as a closet door, you'll want to ensure it has enough clearance to avoid hitting any racks or shelving inside.

      Each type of material has its benefits and drawbacks. 

      • Wood pocket doors are typically the most affordable option but may require more maintenance than other types   
      • Glass pocket doors offer a sleek, modern look, but they can be expensive and may need to be replaced more often than other types 
      • Metal pocket doors are durable and low-maintenance, but they can also be quite loud when opened and closed. 
      • Plastic pocket doors are lightweight and easy to install, but they may not be as durable as other types of doors. 

      Ultimately, the best type of pocket door for your home will depend on your budget and personal preferences.


      We can customize any door design with any customized size measurements.

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