Pocket door retro-fit

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Topic by mustang958 posted 02-19-2012 12:26 PM 3817 views 1 time favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-19-2012 12:26 PM

Hello all. I have a laundry room that I’d like to install a pocket door in. I was wondering if anyone else has installed a pocket door under these circumstances. If you look at the picture this is the laundry room looking from where you enter through the garage towards the door into the rest of the house. To the right is a closet. What I’d like to do is remove the closet (no load bearing walls) and install the door. I can’t use the existing opening as there is a light switch and heating return in the wall in the space where the door would slide. So what I’m thinking is use the existing wall as one side build another partition wall and sandwich the door between the two walls. I know it will be a bit wider than normal but I don’t want to keep the existing swing door or put in a wall mount sliding door. I realize it’s my room and can do whatever I’d like but I was wondering if anyone else has done this and if there was anything I should be aware of or something unusual I may run into. Thanks for reading and look forward to any suggestions or tips.


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02-19-2012 10:28 PM

I I followed that correctly you want to remove the door on the left in the above photo. then you want to extend the wall into the other closet on the right and use that wall for the pocket door to slide into. If that is correct I don’t see any problems. You will have to remove the corner studs and install the kit that you buy for the door to slide into. It should work fine. Follow the instructions closely and things should work. I was on a job where we installed to French doors as pocket doors in a restaurant. It made a private meeting room or could be opened for a larger dining room. Worked fine and the doors were heavy because of the glass. If you can remove all the support here then you are going to be okay.

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02-21-2012 12:49 PM

Building a false wall sounds great way to get that in. I do have one suggestion is use a 4 wheel trolley pocket door, they are so much better than 2 wheel frames. It gives you a quiet ride and no track jump offs. In a tight install you will love that feature. In my area the best was Johnson track.

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04-12-2014 04:11 AM

When it comes to this type of door, I prefer this one 6-Raised Panel Traditional Bi-Fold Door from http://caldwells.com/sliding-closet-door-hardware it’s a maple and unique by design.

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Called Caldwells – they don’t ship and they told me to stop by the showroom – sad, I am in Maryland. They have a few things that I could really use.

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