DESIGN OPTIONS These days, pocket door hard- ware is sold in kits with all the components you need for instal- lation. You can buy a kit that includes the door, but the hard- ware will typically work on any door— solid or hollow core or flat or paneled—that is slim enough to fit between the split studs. Pocket door hardware kits are usually available for doors 1-1/8 inches to 1-3/4 inches thick by 6 feet, 8 inches high. Look for a high-
quality pocket door frame with durable hardware. If you’d like to repurpose an existing door as a pocket door— no problem. You can remove the door knob and replace it with a recessed handle in a wide array of styles and finishes. The recessed handles fold flat against the door to fit between the split studs. Instead of a door latch, you can remove the lock mechanism and replace it with a flip-out metal pull, so you’ll have a handle to tug the door closed when it’s fully recessed in the open position. You’ll also find options such as “soft close” actuators as well
as kits that hide the door-guide hardware. To order a single pocket door, first determine your door size (door width, door height and door thickness). Next, select a frame kit that accommodates your door size. Keep in mind that if you don't see your exact door size, the frames can be cut down to accommodate a smaller size door. Just order the next larger frame size for your door and follow the instructions. Although pocket doors are usu- ally built when the wall is framed,
Today’s pocket-door kits include all the framing components and hard- ware necessary to complete the installation. For this project, we used the 1500 Series Pocket Door Frame from Johnson Hardware.
Shown is the existing wall frame that must be removed and rebuilt to the rough-opening dimensions specified by the pocket-door kit.
For a retrofit, cut away the wallboard in an orderly fashion that minimizes airborne dust and the related mess. The plan for this project was to reuse the existing paneled door as the pocket door, which provid- ed a baseline for measuring the pocket-door frame.