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When choosing pocket door hardware for your home or office you have many options to choose from. Direct Door Hardware has all types of aesthetic styles and metal finishes, including specialized features like magnetized closures and built-in finger pulls. With our pocket door hardware kits, you have the ability to choose whatever will suit your needs best. Whenever you install this style of door, you will need two types of door hardware: a set of tracks for the door to slide along, and a handle or pull to move the door open and closed. Here are some different features you have to choose from when picking out hardware for pocket doors.
What is the best pocket door hardware?
There are many different brands of hardware available to use on your pocket door. Before you make a decision on the hardware, you'll need to take a look at how your pocket door is prepped. If you have not prepped your pocket door at all, you might consider Emtek Mortise Pocket door Locks, Linnea, or Cavilock High End Pocket door sets. These are among the best quality. If you don't want to spend that much, you might consider Emtek pocket door locks that are installed by notching the edge of your door. However, if you already have a standard size bore hole in your door, you'll be restricted to pocket door locks that mount inside the bore hole.
What hardware is needed for a pocket door?
Typically for a pocket door, you would need a track set and the hardware that mounts on the door to lock or unlock the door. We have affordable pocket door tracks, and many high end pocket door track kits available too. We also have pocket door locks available in many styles to suit your door prep, style, and budget.
How do you install pocket door hardware?
There are many ways to build a pocket door in your home. We have a few recommendations like making the wall where the pocket door is located a 2x6 wall, using a solid core door, and of course using quality pocket door hardware. We cover this information in our article about the best pocket door.
Does a pocket door require a thicker wall?
You can put a pocket door in a standard 2x4 wall, but we recommend using a 2x6 wall. Why? The framing in a 2x4 wall is really 3 1/2". Once you subtract the thickness of the door as well as some reveal around it you have just under 2" to be divided up on either side of the door. Your trim boards on the sides of the pocket will be less than an inch. This will work, but can sometimes leave the door and trim feeling flimsy. Using a 2x6 wall will just provide a more stout pocket door setup you will be happier with. So yes, you can put a pocket door in a standard 2x4 wall and people do all the time, but if you are able to change that wall to a 2x6 wall, we recommend that you do.
Does a pocket door need a header?
It is best to put a header in a pocket door frame as it will be a better, more solid end result. If the wall you intend to put the pocket door in is a bearing wall, you must install a header. The pocket door track is mounted upward into the frame so having a solid header for the track to attach to will be beneficial even if it is not a bearing wall. We recommend a good solid header when framing out the pocket.
Can any door be used for a pocket door?
It would be best to get a new door when possible for a pocket door. If you have a door you really like and want to use in the pocket, here are a couple of things to consider.
1 - If you are using a door that was originally intended to be a swinging door it will likely have a beveled edge. This means when you use the door for a pocket door set-up the door edge will not be flat where it meets the jamb. You can trim the door square on the end and use it.
2 - If the door you want to use is already prepped with a bore hole, this will limit your pocket door hardware options to only those that fit in a standard bore hole. If you're happy with the styles offered for that installation type, this may not be an issue for you.
Why would you use a pocket door?
Pocket doors are a great space-saving idea so they are often used in small areas like bathrooms where you really don't want part of the room taken up by the door swing pattern. Drawbacks would be that you are more limited on hardware styles and you can't install electrical items like switches and outlets (unless you have a thicker than standard wall).