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Make the most of your Chalet Space with a Pocket Door

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Make The Most Of Your Chalet Space With A Pocket Door


Holiday homes and cottages have an entirely different set of issues compared to homes where people spend a larger proportion of the year. For starters, these temporary residences don’t need to be as well equipped with things like kitchens and cooking equipment.

However, permanent homes, holiday homes, and chalets need to make the most out of the space available to them. When space is at a premium, single pocket doors can help maximise the available space.

In this article, we’ll look at how you can make the most of your chalet space using pocket doors.

What issues do chalets face with space?

Chalets and holiday homes are often built in different ways than regular homes. Particularly, wooden holiday lodges may be built to maximise the number of people who can sleep in a property (and therefore pay) without necessarily focusing on the amenities and fixtures that a traditional domestic property might have.

Needing to focus on fitting in enclosed rooms – particularly for bedrooms – means space can be at a premium.

What is a pocket door?

A pocket door is a type of sliding door. It takes up less space than a regular swinging door. It moves along a rail that hangs from the ceiling. What sets a pocket door apart from a regular sliding door is that it moves into a ‘pocket’ in the wall. This makes the door seem to disappear as it opens. The pocket in the wall can either be constructed inside an existing wall, or a false pocket can be constructed around a wall without enough space.

How does a pocket door help with space?

Most traditional doors swing on a hinge. For this to work, the door needs an empty space behind it. This space cannot have furniture or anything else that would block the door’s swing. This means that a room needs to either be larger or have an area of wasted and empty space.

In chalets and holiday homes, bedroom space might be at a premium, so installing a swing-type door is often impossible. However, a pocket door allows a holiday home to make the most of the space available by removing the need for the so-called swinging space.

What are some other uses of pocket doors?

Pocket doors are not just used in chalets and holiday homes. They are popular in a broader range of contexts. Professionally installed pocket doors are perfect for all sorts of smaller homes and apartments. This is not just limited to bedrooms.

Pocket doors are also popular in en-suite bathrooms, home offices, and boot rooms. These are all rooms that share a lower average square footage. Pocket doors are perfect for rooms that need to make the most of the available space.

Here are a couple more uses of pocket doors in holiday homes:

Creating Fluid Transitions: Chalets and holiday homes are designed for relaxation and unwinding. Pocket doors create smooth transitions between rooms, allowing spaces to flow effortlessly from one area to another. This uninterrupted flow enhances the feeling of spaciousness and adds to the overall sense of tranquility.

Enhancing Views: Many holiday homes are nestled in picturesque settings. Homeowners can maintain uninterrupted views of the surrounding natural beauty by opting for pocket doors. When these doors are open, they disappear entirely, allowing occupants to appreciate the surrounding landscapes fully.

Facilitating Outdoor Living: Holiday homes often boast outdoor areas like patios or balconies. Pocket doors can connect these outdoor spaces with the interior, seamlessly merging indoor and outdoor living. This integration expands the perceived space and enhances the overall experience of staying in a holiday retreat.

Customized Elegance: Pocket doors come in various designs and materials, allowing homeowners to match them with the interior aesthetics of their holiday homes. Whether it’s a rustic chalet or a modern holiday villa, these doors can be customised to blend harmoniously with the overall theme, adding a touch of elegance to the living spaces.

The Pocket Door company offers a wide range of Eclisse pocket doors to suit all tastes and styles of decor. We offer both single and double doors, available in a range of designs and styles of door.

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In holiday homes and chalets, the goal is to create a harmonious balance between space utilization and aesthetic appeal, and pocket doors are a versatile and stylish solution. Their ability to save space while enhancing the overall ambiance makes them popular for holiday retreats, seeking practicality and elegance.

Check out our full range of pocket doors, or get in touch to discuss whether one might be right for you.