Install a Pocket Door
Save valuable space by installing a pocket door that disappears into the wall when privacy isn't required. It's a good choice for the entryway to a small room that might be cramped by a swinging door. Our simple frame and door kit is ready-to-install and comes with easy instructions. Finish the project with a contrasting colour for visual impact.
- Cut studs
- Frame to code
- Install track
- Check for fit
- Repair drywall
- Door jamb and trim
- Repair and paint
- Add handle
Based on the size of the door you'll be installing and the pocket door kit, determine the size of the cutout.
Measure over from the edge of the existing opening and mark the width indicated in your door kit. Draw a level line to the top of the existing opening. Repeat for the other side of the wall.
Cut through one side of the opening with a drywall saw. Remove drywall and check cavity for obstructions such as plumbing and wiring. Remove or re-route if necessary.
Need a header?
If the wall is supporting the structure, you will need to build and install a header. Consult your local building code for specifications.
Using a reciprocating saw, cut the entire opening to fit your door size and pocket door kit, ensuring that you allow enough space for a header and jack studs (if necessary).
Frame to code
Frame the opening according to building code requirements and install the pocket door kit.
Check for fit
Fit the door and make sure it runs smoothly and closes to the finished door opening size.
Door jamb and trim
Install door jamb, making sure to leave enough clearance for the door to slide smoothly. Install trim on both sides of door including a small piece of trim on either side of the track at the top of the exposed opening to hide track.
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Skill Level: Intermediate
Time: 2 days
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