Pocket Doors Save Space
When you think of a pocket door, you probably think pocket doors can only be installed when the house is built. That is the easiest time to install them, but in today’s world with more modern hard nylon material with deluxe ball bearing rollers, the doors are quieter and easier to use. Even for those in wheelchairs or handicapped.
A pocket door takes up little space compared to other doors that require at least ten square feet of your living space to work. In the past the doors were noisy, but not so today, and the runner technology helps the doors stay on track.
The biggest factor when installing the doors in a home already constructed is what’s inside the wall where the pocket door will be installed? Many times, you won’t know until you tear into the wall, and that can be a difficult and expensive thing to do. Electrical wiring, plumbing and ductwork could run through the walls at that point.
Another factor will be; will the pocket door assembly fit inside the wall? And is the wall for the intended pocket door on a weight bearing wall or do the walls have cabinets attached to them. Then the pocket door might not work there.
Many larger homes have French doors on the interior of the house in order to close off one room from another. Pocket doors would work well there with the same concerns as other pocket doors.
Pocket doors do save space when you compare them with the traditional doors and the advantages are many. Those traditional doors hit other objects or obstruct foot traffic. While the pocket door is hidden from sight, and is quiet and out of the way.
If you’re a handyman around your own home, you might want to consider the help of a licensed contractor. They will know the ins and outs of pocket doors and whether or not they will take the job. It isn’t the easiest job because it takes time to remove a wall, see what’s behind it, install the pocket door, and then reattach the wall so no one will ever know that they removed it. It may be unwise to tackle the job yourself.
If you have a closet, bathroom or anywhere else where the door is an obstruction instead of the desired opening, the pocket door may be the ticket to enlarge the entire area.
Whenever you hire a contractor, check his claims, check his references, and don’t ever pay him for the entire job in advance.