Installing a pocket door is a great way of increasing the available floor space in any room of your home. Because the door slides back inside the wall, there isn't the need to reserve the space that a normal door requires to swing open and closed, nor the space needed for a regular door to remain open against the wall. However, there are some things you should take into consideration when installing a pocket door in your home.
The Advantages of Pocket Doors Pocket doors can add a lot of functionality and convenience to a home, due to the fact that doors can be added in locations where a standard swinging door would be inappropriate or constantly in the way. Because pocket doors simply slide back inside the wall when they are opened, they are much more convenient and space-efficient that standard doors. With careful installation of a high quality pocket door and frame, they are extremely convenient and trouble-free, and will provide useful service for the life of the home. Modern pocket doors are quiet, strong, and seldom come off of their track, which is a good reason why you should always select a high quality pocket door.
Make Sure You Know What is Inside the Wall One of the most important things that you will need to take into consideration before installing a pocket door is the fact that there might be things inside the wall that would prohibit the door installation. This could be the case if there are heating or cooling ductwork elements, plumbing pipes, electrical wires, or any other types of obstacles. If you find that such obstacles exist, you might be able to relocate these to another area, so that you can proceed with the pocket door installation. You also need to take into consideration if the wall is a bearing wall. If the wall is a bearing wall, this will require special construction techniques to install a large beam over the opening to support the home's weight. You should never proceed with a pocket door installation on a bearing wall without first being sure that you have adequately addressed these special requirements.
Tips for Installing a Pocket Door While installing a pocket door in a doorway that previously housed a standard swinging door can sometimes seem to be a challenge, there are a few things to keep in mind that will make the project go smoother. First, when doing the framing for the door, make absolutely sure that the header is level and that everything is plumb and straight. Any lack of level, plumb framing can greatly decrease the smooth movement of a pocket door. You also need an open door framing to install a pocket door, so if you already have an existing door hung, you will need to remove the door and all of its framing. Make sure the door is finished before installing it, because finishing will be much more difficult once the door is installed and slid partially inside the wall. Proper finishing of the wood is important, since unfinished wood could warp, and affect the smooth operation of the pocket door. Finally, make sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions for installing a pocket door, so that you are sure to have years of carefree operation and service from the door.
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