Everyone wants to make the most of their space. No matter how big your home is, you want to make sure that you are not wasting any of it. How you design your rooms can affect this. While you can make clever use of your furniture and layouts to help keep your rooms spacious and efficient, they are not the only way. The design of your rooms themselves can help you maximise the use of your space. A pocket door can give even small spaces a boost, while staying private and stylish.
What is a Pocket Door?
A pocket door is a type of sliding door. Unlike traditional sliding doors, it does not need a floor rail to slide along. It slides along an upper rail into a hidden area – referred to as a pocket. This means that the door appears to disappear when it is opened.
Why Choose a Pocket Door?
A pocket door can help to make the most of the space that you have. Think about the layout of most rooms. You are likely to leave space behind a door to ensure that it has room to swing into. This is potentially wasted space that could be used for other purposes. A pocket door allows you to plan for 100% of the room’s floor plan.
A Pocket Door is particularly suitable for rooms where space is at a premium. This could mean rooms that are traditionally small parts of the house – like a laundry room or a boot room. However, it could also mean rooms that were not always separate rooms. This might include an alcove space that you have tuned into a study.
Do I need to Install a Pocket Door when I renovate?
A pocket door is a little more complicated to install than a traditional door. This is because they need a pocket to be constructed or fitted. Some walls are easier to start with than others. If you have a home with hollow walls, such as a drywall / plasterboard construction, then it is easier to fit the pocket. However, if you have solid walls, you will need to construct and artificial gap for the door to slide into.
This means that if you need to undergo further work to make a pocket door practical, it might be easier to do this while completing a broader renovation. However, if you are in an easier place to complete the installation, then you will not need to plan around it as much.
Can I install one myself?
It is perfectly possible to install a pocket door yourself. If you have some understanding of DIY, then the installation guide that comes with our kits should make fitting a pocket door simple. However, they should be within the knowledge base of most professional builders / joiners. As a result, it should not be difficult to find a professional who is capable of completing the installation for you, if you would rather not do it yourself.