Pocket doors are not particularly new in architectural designs. However, they seem to have resurfaced as the latest designs, especially for those who are looking to save more space on their property. In other words, it is designed to save space, looks good and is very practical.
If you are interested to know more, here is what you need to know about a pocket door.
What is a pocket door?
A pocket door is a sliding door that, when fully, open that disappears inside a compartment that has been created in the adjacent wall. They are often designed to save space. The doors gained popularity during the Victorian era but later faded in favour of hinged doors. This is due to the belief that the doors looked flimsy and cheap, compared to the hinged doors.
According to the National Association of Realtors of America, there is a renewed interest in pocket doors as they seem to solve some design challenges in small spaces. There are also different types to choose from, depending on the privacy you need and the opening size where you want to fit your door.
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The following are the types of pocket doors:
- Solid doors, which have solid panels and are fitted into a standard 36-inch opening.
- Double doors, which are best for large openings. Double pocket doors recess into opposite sides of the wall and come together to close in the middle.
- French doors, which are similar to double pocket doors except that they fit into a single standard door opening. A French pocket door typically has glass panes as part of its design.
It can be a great solution for your closets, bathrooms, laundry rooms or a home’s study. It can add more privacy to a home with an expansive open floor plan. They can easily slide into the wall and remain as though they were never there in the first place. There are also different styles at your disposal, from historic to contemporary. You are at liberty to choose any style that will give a unique and custom look which will set your home apart from others.
Unfortunately, every advantage has a disadvantage. Pocket doors are not different.
First, maintenance and repair can be complicated since the hardware of a pocket door is constructed inside a wall. In addition, they have more moving parts which can fall off the track, have trouble locking and squeak if not oiled.
Secondly, the doors, hardware and installation are more expensive than that of a standard hinged door.
Thirdly, they sit on tracks and, therefore, they are difficult to seal. It does not lock as well as the lock on a standard hinged door.
Pocket door kits
A pocket door kit is a package that has all the tools you need to create your pocket door. It usually consists of the door frame, track and fittings, adjustable pocket entrance guide, runners with carbon steel that insert easily into the track, door brake, adjustable bolt and nuts for runners, spanner, screws to assemble the frame and attach plasterboard to pocket.
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Some pocket door kits also come with a 12-month guarantee and with instruction booklets.
Pocket door hardware
A pocket door hardware consists of components that silently guide the door into the wall. These components are the following:
- Tracks and rollers: These are the backbone of pocket door operation. The track is mounted at the top of the door frame, while the door is hung on rollers that glide along this track.
- Pulls and locks: These are integrated into the door. The pulls are what you hold to open and close the door while the locks are installed to give you privacy whenever you need it.
- at the top of the door frame, and the door is hung on rollers that glide along this track.
- Door jamb and guides: The door jamb seals the pocket when the door is closed while the guide keeps the door straight when sliding in and out of the pocket.
As you can see, pocket doors are back with new styles and designs that will give you the “wow” effect. Do you live in a small space? No problem. These doors are the best space minimisers, which is originally what they were designed for. You can install them in your closets, bathrooms, laundry rooms and home study. All you need to do is get the kit and follow the instructions written in the booklet.
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