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Cost to Install or Replace Pocket Doors: A Guide

Interior decoration has come a long way since its inception and one of the many novelties that it has incorporated is different kinds of interior doors. Houses tend to have several interior doors throughout them, each with usually several functions. Not only do they serve the purpose of privacy, but they can also help in soundproofing, and sometimes keeping kids away from a particular space to keep them safe.

Out of the different kinds of interior doors in the market, we will focus on pocket doors and find out how to install or replace pocket doors like a professional:

Pocket doors:

Pocket doors are your best bet when you need to save space. In these doors, the door is built into the wall next to it. A pocket door usually slides into a metal or wood frame that is installed in the drywall. Due to its design, there is no space requirement for the door to swing wide open like a normal hinged door and is a clever installation that provides an efficient space-saving solution for homeowners.

Pocket doors come in many sizes but the standard doorway of 30-inches is the most common. It is best to discuss the dimensions of your home with the contractor involved to get the best idea on the kind of pocket door that would be ideal for your home.

The process:

Assembling a kit that would be required for the entire job is the first step of the process. Getting a pocket door frame for doors 11/8 inches to 13/4 inches thick by 6 feet 8 inches high is the ideal solution. The entire kit includes several components such as the door frame, floor anchors, jamb studs, door glides. The next step involves making sure the drywall is prepared for the installation of the door frame and all the electrical and plumbing issues have been fixed.

  1. The size of the header is directly proportional to the weight of the door. Be sure to get the right header size. The door frame that you get usually specify the requirements for the header as well.

  1. Attaching split studs at the base is the next part as it allows you to create a smooth channel for your pocket door.

  1. Next comes the installation of brackets which also installs the wheels so that the door can easily slide through with the help of the door glides.

  1. The final step involves attaching the door to the wheels and clipping the bracket onto the pins that allow for the wheels to move and installing the anchors at the bottom to keep the door from rubbing the drywall.

Installation Cost:

The average cost for the installation of a single pocket door ranges from $560-$1000. This cost includes supplies, equipment, and labor charges as well. Any plumbing or electrical work that is required will also increase the overall cost of the project. As the size and weight of the door may vary in each property according to its dimensions and the blueprints present at home, the costs could vary too.

This sums up the overall process of installing a pocket door in your property. A great space-saving solution, pocket doors can tend to be expensive but they are well worth the investment considering the ease of access they allow, especially for people who are looking to enhance the space in their home.