We'll briefly explain the function of a pocket door to help you select the right hardware kit. A pocket door slides into a wood or metal cage that is usually installed when the walls are framed. The framing hardware is installed in the cavity of the wall to allow a door to slide in and out of the wall. In older homes, such a door was commonly used to separate a living room from a dining room, enabling the option to pull out a temporary wall when you wanted more privacy. In today's homes, the design of a pocket door continues to be a space-saving solution.
You'll need a complete sliding bypass door kit to install sliding bypass doors, or a pocket door frame kit to install a pocket door. The hardware kits are designed to work with any door like a solid or hollow core or flat or paneled. However, there are some factors you will need to consider when choosing a sliding hardware kit.
Sliding Door Bypass Hardware Kits
Sliding door hardware comes with track length options in standard sizes as 48", 60" and 72" long. However, the tracks can be cut down to accommodate nonstandard opening widths. For nonstandard openings, you'll need to order the next size track length and cut the track to your custom size. There are also different hardware sets for different door width. Each hardware set specifies with which door width it's compatible. You'll find sliding door hardware kits for doors 1- 3/8 inches to 1-3/4 inches thick. The kits consist of all necessary hardware for complete sliding bypass installations.
Pocket Door Frame Kits
Pocket Door Frame kits are available for door width from 24" to 48" wide. The frame kit is easy to install and can be cut down to accept any smaller door size. At Park Avenue Locks, we carry Johnson Hardware's 1500 Series, which is a versatile frame that can be used on nonstandard wall thicknesses and masonry walls. Johnson's 1500 series is a commercial-grade, exceptionally smooth-rolling kit, designed to carry heavy solid core doors weighing up to 200lbs.
How to Install a Pocket or Sliding Door Kit
Most sliding door hardware kits come with instructions on how to install them. Although they are typically installed the same way, it is always recommended to read the manufacturer's manual before starting the installation.
To install a pocket door or sliding door, you will first remove the existing door and the drywall on one side of the wall. Then you will need to cut the exposed studs in order to make room for the new framing. Next, you'll install the slider track using the rails that came in your kit, and of course, don't forget to screw the brackets into the studs.
At Park Avenue Locks, we will help you find the Closet and Pocket Door Hardware for your specific needs. We strive always to bring you the best, and we're bringing you the best sliding and pocket door hardware kits that are durable and functional too!