Do you have a small room that you feel like you can’t even open the door into; most of the time it is a small downstairs half-bath or a laundry room or maybe a storage closet. These rooms can’t necessarily be enlarged very easily, but you can do something to make better use of the space and to make the space feel larger when being used. The answer is the pocket door. Pocket doors have been popular in the past, and there is good reason for it. Sometimes you have a space that needs a door, needs to be able to be shut off from other parts of the house, but because of the design of the area and the floor and wall space, and doesn’t make sense to have a traditional swinging door.
There are some specific advantages to using pocket doors.
- They are architecturally pleasing. Pocket doors add a layer of detail to a home that can be appreciated for its practical applications as well as being pleasing to the eye.
- Saves floor and wall space. This would be the main reason for most people wanting to install pocket doors. You don’t have to worry about the floor and wall space used up with a traditional swinging door.
- When a swinging door isn’t a practical solution such as a double door opening into a room. Instead of using two swinging doors, which require double the wall and floor space, as well as some sort of floor and archway stop in the middle of the opening, two sliding doors can meet in the middle and disappear into the wall when not in use.
These are situations where a pocket door would be beneficial. There are different ways of going about installing a pocket door. You can hire a contractor to do it, or if you are pretty handy with power tools and hand tools, you may want to attempt doing the job on your own. Either way, you will be looking at a little bit of sawdust and drywall dust hanging around the house for a little while.
Most times it is best to install pocket doors while there is some renovating going on anyways. You do have to remove the drywall around the door opening and frame in the new opening to accommodate the frame of the pocket door. For an inexperienced DIY’er, it may be just a little bit more than they are comfortable with. You will need some supplies such as the pocket door kit and a door of course. But you will also need to know a little bit about framing carpentry, drywall installation and finishing, trim carpentry and painting to finish the remodel. And if you have to move any outlets or light switches, electricity might even come in to play. To do this work, you will also need the right tools like a cordless drill from ToolHQ and a miter saw, nail gun, compressor and the specialty tools needed to finish the drywall.
It may sound like a lot of work and it is a bit of work, even for an experienced contractor or seasoned DIY’er, but the end results are usually worth it. No more will you open that door into the side of a cabinet or a toilet bowl; it will slide neatly and smoothly into the wall where it will wait until the room needs to be closed off once again.