Pocket Door Installation Tips

One of today’s hottest interior design trends are barn doors. And while they are easy to install, very eye-catching and require nothing more than enough blank wall space so they can freely slide open, before spending all that time and money on a passing fad why not take a look at a similar style of door with a permanence and elegance that is timeless?

Pocket doors basically require the same amount of free wall space but since they remain hidden except when in use, they never look dated. Plus pocket doors can be customized to match any room’s décor. Also in addition to the aesthetic value, a pocket door is a clever space-saving solution for areas where wall or floor space is at a premium.

  • While the actual installation isn’t that tricky, the surrounding demolition work can become a bit messy. So don’t think this is a simple Saturday afternoon project. Err on the side of caution and allow yourself the entire weekend or at least the entire day for installation, painting and cleanup.
  • Select a door that comes with its own hardware installation system. In an all inclusive kit all components are specific to the door sold with the system. No worrying if the wheels will fit or if the door glides are wrong.
    While cutting out the framing around the old door there will be dust…lots of dust. So take the time to hang drop cloths to keep those pesky particles contained as much as possible and remember to wear a certified dust mask to protect your lungs.
  • Don’t forget the drywall! While you should be able to reuse the studs and headers, chances are the old drywall will be in pieces making it simpler to just hang and finish new sheetrock.
  • Once the drywall is removed thoroughly check to ensure there is no electrical wiring or plumbing fixtures in the space needed for the door to slide in and out.

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