Because pocket doors are built into the wall, they are a great way to save space and they’re not much harder to install than a regular door. In this how-to, our door installation experts briefly describe how to go about hanging your own pocket door.
What you’ll need to install a pocket door:
- Reciprocating Saw
- 2×4 Pieces of Wood
- Measuring Tape
- Pocket Door (with Tracking and Hardware)
- Screws, Drill
- Hammer, Nails
- Drywall Tape
- Check to see if you have enough room in your wall for a pocket door – you’ll need a rough opening that’s twice the width of the door.
- If you have an old door that you’re replacing, remove it and its jambs using a reciprocating saw. (If it’s a door in a load-bearing wall, you may also have to remove the header.)
- If you’re installing a new header, the height should be at the length of the door plus 31 ¼ inches, plus the height of the soleplate (if any).
- Install a new stud across from the existing stud on the opposite side, then install your header.
- Cut and fit your soleplate to the floor.
- Map out and plan your new framing. Check the sides of the frame for plumb.
- Cut the door tracking to fit the length of your new door.
- Mount the track in the rough opening by screwing the brackets into the studs.
- Tip and split the studs into the floor brackets and attach the tops of the studs to the header using nails.
- Install the pocket door hardware – mount hangers to the top of your door and then slide the wheels into the track.
- Hook the hangers onto the carriages, then hang your new door.
- Check to make sure that the door is level, then lock in the latches or pulls.
- Secure your drywall to the framing using screws, then apply drywall tape and thin coats of compound over the seams.
- Let dry, sand down, and paint.
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