How to Install a Pocket Door
Time Required: 2-4 hours
A pocket door is the name used to describe a type of sliding door that recedes into the wall frame when it’s fully open. These doors are great for smaller spaces and tight areas when there isn’t enough room for a standard hinged door that swings open.
Pantries, closets, laundry rooms and utility spaces are all ideal places for pocket door installation in your home. This guide will give you step-by-step instructions so you can learn how to install a pocket door in your room.
- Before drilling or removing the old door, be sure to lay a drop cloth on the ground to protect your floors.
- Once you've determined the wall is a partition, you can start removing the old door and frame.
- To begin building a pocket door in an existing wall, take the old door off the door frame and remove the moulding.
- Cut away the shims and nails using your reciprocating saw.
Tip: Remember to wear safety goggles when working with power equipment.
- Next, you'll need to remove the drywall from both sides of the wall.
- Double check that you don't have any hidden wires.
- All wires will need to be relocated to a new junction box. Call an electrician if you need help relocating any hidden wires.
Now, it's time to begin installing the pocket door, starting with your header.
- Read the assembly instructions carefully to determine the new header size.
- Then, build the new header using your lumber, hammer and nails.
- Most doors are 80 inches, so your new stud should be placed at 84 1/2 inches.
- Most door jambs are 4 1/2 inches above the door frame.
- Add the metal studs into the track, using your drill.
- Next, mount the hangers on top of the door.
- Slide the wheeled carriages into the track.
- Now, hook the hangers onto the carriages and make sure the door hangs plumb.
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