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two sliding pocket doors separating a bedroom from a living room

Pocket Door

Originally contributed by Jeff Butler • last updated 1/21/2021

Choosing and installing the right door for a room in your home can sometimes be difficult, especially if you’re working in smaller areas. For certain projects, a pocket door kit might just be the perfect solution.

Definition

Unlike regular swinging doors, pocket doors slide along a track into a hidden compartment, concealing all the pocket door hardware inside the wall. There are different variations of pocket door kits, with some running along rollers below the door and others suspended from tracks above. A pocket door is often installed for design effect or to avoid the space consuming nature of swinging doors. Pocket doors are also easier to open and close for some people who use mobility devices, such as wheelchairs or scooters, because they slide conveniently out of the way.

What Are The Pros And Cons Of A Pocket Door?

Pocket doors are known for their sleek and concealing design. However, as with most things, pocket door kits come with some possibly costly disadvantages:

  • According to some experts, pocket doors can save on average ten square feet of floor space, which makes them ideal for smaller spaces and popular with condominium and townhouse owners.
  • Nevertheless, installation and repairs can be costly as accessing the pocket door hardware may require opening up the wall. Imagine having to tear into a wall just to fix a bathroom door.
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