Buyer’s Help guide for Pocket Doors

They are a superb option for open plan settings and small-scale rooms equally, yet the true secret to getting a pocket door right is centered on what’s going on behind the plasterboard

Whenever specifying interior doors, hinged, swing designs are all too often the default option, however a pocket door – that slides into a cavity in the adjacent wall – could add wow-factor. Sometimes known as ‘concealed sliding doors’, pocket doors deliver a somewhat practical function too in spaces lacking on space (whether it’s an en-suite, WC or simply laundry room) and then in small households. “A standard hinged door requires a swing area of 7ft2, that means no goods can be set up within this area; which is not always entirely possible,” states Philip Jones, PC Henderson’s Technical Services Manager.


They’re likewise effective alternative within open plan locations where by a room could be enclosed off to present a warm mood (the lounge room earlier mentioned being the sort of example of this), or slid back to generate a moving design. Pocket doors run using a top-hung course – leaving the floor space free of impediments – given as a part of a kit or ‘system’. This type of kits might or might not consist of the door included – so this means you are totally free to choose your very own model. Generally speaking, there are two main kinds of kit: there are those which slide straight into the wall, however, the more costly kits are likely to include a metal cassette or cage which efficiently provides a self-contained pocket within the wall – and therefore supplies the wall with additional support. “Those kits with out a cassette are more than ample at your home,” states Helen Butland. “The cassette-type kits tend to be commonly specified in commercial buildings, households with tenants where doorways may well be banged, and then in high-end initiatives.”

But their application might be tremendously worthwhile – even essential – occasionally, as Helen again tells: “The greater the entranceway, and particularly where it’s a dual pocket door, a bolstered system such as the iMpero pocket door kit will be advised. If any heavy wall covering for example bathroom tiling are going to be implemented, we recommend highly by using a strengthened kit.”


Time put in getting ready and organising a pocket door is – literally – key to its clean functioning when it comes to both installation and use. Installing one in an pre-existing residence particularly could be more advanced when compared to a new build. “You must think about whether or not there’s interferences such as windows, and radiators as well as the associated pipework, which might prevent you from fitting a kit. These difficulties aren’t insurmountable however,” affirms Philip Jones. And how about switches and electrical sockets? “They do need some careful thought; with sockets, the backbox is often too large, however there are slimline light switches out there.

“One situation where you won’t have the capacity to have a pocket door, however, is where you don’t have sufficient wall surface area next to the door opening; you’ll need a wall at the very least the width of the door,” Philip adds. Choices, just like the Eclisse Novanta, which glides partly into a cavity with a hinged section that folds back, may work in this occasion.

Determining whether an existing wall is loadbearing and non-loadbearing is crucial when arranging a door as well; loadbearing walls will almost always need propping up during the work, with the introduction of a lintel. This is the time the job’s best left to a builder or carpenter, ideally one with earlier working experience installing a pocket door.

Pocket door kits are made to be accommodated inside of a studwall, so solid walls may cause an issue also. “It can be more appropriate simply to use wall-mounted sliding door gear, then have the carpenter or builder construct and finish a single stud skin of their own design on the one side,” pronounces Helen Butland. “This will likely be greatly more cost-effective for the exact same specification, though labour charges may be higher as the task is a tad more time consuming. The completed wall width is going to be kept as small as possible this way also.”

The Alternatives

Sticking with a regular door width and thickness is a good option to keep a hold on fees, as non-standard sizes may need a custom option. Please remember the weight of your door will also have a bearing. Light-weight hollowcore doors are often appropriate for all systems, but this may not always be the situation with a few large solid doors.

You will often times have to specify hardware as an extra too. Among the most discreet choices are finger pulls and spring-operated solutions like Coburn’s ‘pocket plunger’. Pull handles could be more suitable inside dwellings with children or for individuals with arthritis circumstances, however that pull handles protrude, that means the door won’t be able to slide entirely in to the wall cavity.

Opening Methods

There are numerous designs which you can opt for, which includes double doors which glide back to wall cavities either side, or telescopically slide into one cavity, while a unilateral arrangement will allow two adjacent doors to slip into the exact same wall inside a central wall.