When room space is at a premium, separating the various areas of your home can sometimes pose a difficult challenge. If you want to provide a way to separate the kitchen from the other areas of your home, using a full-size door might not be a viable option. Instead of simply giving up, try using a pocket door. These handy and versatile doors can be a great solution whenever you want to separate rooms without sacrificing floor space. If you have been searching for a way to segregate your kitchen, here are a few pocket door tips that can help.
Exploring Your Walls
Before you automatically assume that you can simply add a pocket door to your kitchen, you'll want to take the time to closely examine your walls. Although pocket doors are a great solution for many walls, sometimes there are unavoidable obstacles. If your wall conceals a myriad of wires and pipes, you probably won't have enough room inside the wall to accommodate a pocket door safely. For example, if the wall contains water pipes, a pocket door is probably not the right solution.
Pocket doors are also not a good solution for load bearing walls. However, if your wall has plenty of clear space inside, providing enough room for a door to slide into the wall, then a pocket door should work fine. If you are unsure about the suitability of your wall, it's best to consult with an experienced builder or contractor. Contractors will often be able to identify the location of your home's pipes and wires simply by investigating the basement and crawl spaces.
Once you've decided that a pocket door will work, you can begin the shopping process. You'll find pocket doors as well as installation kits at many home improvement stores. Pocket doors are often offered in a variety of styles, such as a flat panel door, 6-panel door, or louvered doors. Choose a door that matches the overall style of your kitchen to create a nicely coordinated look. It can also be helpful to choose a door that resembles the other doors used in your home. Many times you'll find these doors unfinished, allowing you to stain or paint as desired. Specialty decor retailers and online sources generally carry more ornately designed doors.
Once you've purchased your door, the installation process can begin. Although installing a pocket door is definitely within the realm of the average do-it-yourself homeowner, you could also hire a contractor to install it for you if desired. If you decide to do the job yourself, you'll first need to remove the door trim on the side where the door is to be installed. The overhead door trim will also need to be removed. Once the wall is opened up, you can install the track. There are different styles of pocket doors, so be sure to follow the manufacturer's installation instructions carefully.
In many cases, installation involves attaching a track designed to hold the pocket door in place. Once installed, the door can slide along this track, allowing it to open and close easily. Working with a helper can help ensure a level and even track installation. Once you've installed the track, you can simply hang the door in its proper position.
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