How to Install Pocket Doors: 13 Steps
Pocket doors are a stylish and practical solution for saving space in your home. They slide inside the wall, eliminating the need for swing space and making them perfect for small or crowded spaces. Installing a pocket door can be a DIY project, but it does require some skill and patience. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to install pocket doors.
1. Choose the right door: Find a pocket door that fits your space, style, and needs. Consider factors like size, finish, material, and hardware before making your choice.
2. Gather tools and materials: You will need a pocket door frame kit, screws, anchors, shims, tape measure, level, utility knife, screwdriver or drill, saw or reciprocating saw, plumb bob or laser level, wall patch material (i.e. drywall), and paint or stain to match your existing walls.
3. Remove existing door and trim: If you’re replacing an existing door with a pocket door, remove the door and any surrounding trim carefully.
4. Cut the opening in the wall: Using a stud finder, locate nearby studs and mark them with a pencil. Then cut out an opening in the wall large enough for the pocket door frame using your saw.
5. Assemble the pocket door frame: Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to assemble your chosen pocket door frame kit.
6. Install the header and support brackets: Attach the header (the horizontal part of the frame) to your door opening at the top using screws or nails. Make sure it’s level before attaching support brackets to hold it in place securely.
7. Insert split studs: Put in split studs (vertical uprights within the frame) into their corresponding slots in the header.
8. Attach footer bracket: Secure a bracket at the bottom of each split stud to keep them in place.
9. Position split studs correctly: Use a plumb bob or laser level to make sure the split studs are perfectly vertical. Adjust as needed.
10. Hang the pocket door: Attach the pocket door rollers to the top of your door, then slide them onto the track in your pocket door frame. The rollers should glide along the track smoothly.
11. Adjust and plumb the door: Make sure your pocket door is level by adjusting the rollers according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Use a level or plumb bob to confirm that it’s perfectly vertical.
12. Secure the frame and finish wall: Attach the pocket door frame securely to your wall using screws or other fasteners into each stud. Patch any gaps or holes with drywall and finish with paint or stain to match your existing walls.
13. Install door hardware: Attach any handles, pulls, or locksets according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Congratulations! You’ve successfully installed a pocket door in 13 steps. Enjoy your new space-saving solution and increased flexibility in your room layout.