A pocket door is a sliding door that disappears when fully opened into a compartment in the wall. Pocket doors are sleek, modern and saves space in smaller bathroom areas. Whereas if you have a standard swinging door (a hinged door) that can take up valuable space in your area, a pocket door can be a solution that solves many spacing issues. Pocket doors also conjoin separate rooms making them into one big space or when shut can be used to close off an area. Once you understand what a pocket door is and how they function, you will be in a better position to know if it is what you want and if they are a good fit for your home.
Pocket doors have come a long way in both style, colors, functionality, and design. For master bedrooms with adjoining bathrooms or bathrooms that are shared by two bedrooms, this can be both a practical and an elegant solution. Any bathroom remodeling job should consider upgrading spacing at the same time. We don’t want your bathroom just to look great, but we want it to be a pleasure to utilize as well. Here are some potential things to consider when making your decision about pocket doors.
THINGS TO CONSIDER CONCERNING POCKET DOORS
Here are some reasons to consider getting a pocket door installed:
Space: If you have a tight bathroom area such as Jack and Jill layout. Replacing those standard doors with pocket doors will optimize the space greatly allowing you to move more freely in your bathroom. Also opened swinging doors occupy wall space or can even block the towel closet access when opened. Pocket doors resolve that issue too.
Aesthetics: As stated earlier before some people just like the modern look and feel of pocket doors and just want to use them just for that reason.
SOME REASONS TO AVOID CHOOSING POCKET DOORS
Sound & Smell: When pocket doors close they do not “shut” or fit into position like standard doors do when they are closed. They are designed to merely slide closed making them no were near effective as the standard swinging door when it comes too keeping sound and odors from traveling from one room to the other. Having odor coming from the bathroom could be a huge deal breaker in some cases.
Wall Sturdiness: Example: For a common 32″ pocket door, a wall opening two times that size is required. While that opening is later concealed with dry wall there are no studs in that space so the pocket door can slide into the space. That space where the pocket door slides in is unstable and it tends to wobble and sound empty when tapped (which it is).
Difficult To Operate: Pocket doors are not easy to handle compared to the standard swinging door. People with arthritis in their hands may find it harder to handle pocket doors were more dexterity is needed to grab and pull the door out of its pocket rather than push a regular door open and closed.
Function: When it comes to how well a pocket door operates over time; it isn’t too efficient. It has been reported that pocket doors sometimes fall of the tracks, loud screeches are made when rolled and the door can be hard to lock at times. Dealing with those minor cons can become major when around them every day.
UNDERSTANDING THE PROCESS OF INSTALLING POCKET DOORS
1. If attainable use pocket doors in 2″x6″ walls, instead of in 2″x4″ walls.
2. Always specify and order heavy duty hardware. Note that pocket doors usually come with low-cost hardware. Select heavy duty ball-bearing nylon rollers.
3. Order solid doors. Though these are heavier and thus more challenging to the hardware, hardware tends to drag out of the hollow core of composite doors over time.
4. Take special care to avoid any wall fasteners’ penetrations into the pocket area. These typically unknowingly and unwittingly project into the door’s travel path, making a necessity to open the wall to repair the matter. It also means re-painting the door. In cases where the projection into the door’s path inside the pocket is not truly locking the door in place, such interference would forever undermine the door’s travel and can leave an inevitable scratch on the door’s face. Be especially careful if the wall is being tilled (with lathing used).
5. Print out the door’s installation directions (online, at the manufacturer’s website and/or several other places) and post them for your installer. While it’s certainly possible that your contractor is an accomplished pocket-door installer, odds square measure against it.
6. Pay attention to your door’s hardware choice. I am referring here to the door’s pull, not hangers/rollers.
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