A double pocket door can solve many problems that you often encounter when designing a home. From space-related problems to room partitioning, this door can provide a great solution that not only solves your problem but also enhances the atmosphere and the beauty of your home. If you are curious about whether to install this type of door in your home, the following is everything that you need to know about this door.
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Understanding Double Pocket Door
A double pocket door is a double-leaf door that uses a pocket door system. A pocket door system is a system that allows the door panel to disappear by sliding into a hidden compartment in the wall when fully open. There are various types of sliding doors that are commonly used in homes, such as a barn door that is attached to an upper track and a bottom groove, the Japanese shoji door, and a bypass door.
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Of all of those sliding door types, a pocket door is considered the most sophisticated due to the way it is constructed. The hidden door compartment transforms the entrance into a completely door-less opening when the door is opened. A single pocket door has its panel slide to one direction into the wall when opened. Its double pocket counterpart slides to both sides of the entrance.
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Reasons to Install a Double Pocket Door
A double pocket door offers many advantages that make it better not only than swinging doors but also than other types of sliding door. There are many reasons why you should install this door at your home.
1. It saves space.
Like other sliding doors, a double pocket door also saves space because it is opened and closed not by swinging its panels, but by sliding them. At many tight spots in your home where swinging a door panel may cause a space-related problem, a pocket door can be a solution.
If you need a door for small rooms in your home, including bathroom, kitchen, closet, and laundry room, using a pocket door will eliminate all of the space-related problems that make the organization of your home difficult.
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2. It is more space-saving than sliding doors.
A double pocket door is indeed a space-saving door if compared with swinging doors; however, are you aware that a pocket door, when compared with other sliding doors, actually saves space better? Other sliding doors still require free space to keep the slid panel. In the case of a sliding patio door or a shoji door, that free space is adjacent to the unopened panel.
When opened, the two panels have to be stacked on top of each other to create an opening. A folded sliding accordion door also occupies a certain amount of empty space on one side of the door when opened. A pocket door is considered the most space-saving sliding door because the compartment it slides into is lodged in the wall. Open a pocket door and you will hardly see any trace the existence of a door panel there.
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3. It looks cool.
Undeniably, the sliding and disappearing effect of a double pocket door looks cool for people who live in your home and for your guests. This effect, which resembles the opening of an elevator door, looks whimsical and makes your home look and feel more modern. Installing a pocket door is thus a great idea if you want to improve the atmosphere of your home.
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Problems with a Double Pocket Door
Despite its many advantages, a double pocket door does have its own problems. When you want to install this door, be sure to understand everything that may raise your concern to make you more prepared to deal with any problems that may occur.
1. A double pocket door is expensive and difficult to install.
Compared with other door types, a double pocket door is definitely harder and often more expensive to install. This is because its installation often requires the dismantling of the two walls on both sides of the door that will house its pocket.
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When you take out the entire wall to plant the cage or the pocket and when you rebuild the wall, you need to pay attention to the structural stability of your house. Although pocket door installation can be a DIY job, you may need to hire a professional if you are not accustomed to construction works.
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2. Not all walls can support a double pocket door.
The wall where the door’s pocket will be installed should be of a particular level of thickness to be able to accommodate the double pocket door. If you are not sure about whether your wall can house the door’s pocket, you can consult the vendor where you buy the door. Generally speaking, a 100-millimeter thick wall will comfortably accommodate a pocket that houses a 30-millimeter or 35-millimeter door panel.
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3. Door maintenance can be a challenge.
Because the mechanical components of a double pocket door, especially its tracks, are hidden inside the wall, their maintenance may pose a challenge. Be sure to keep the door’s compartment and tracks clean to avoid unwanted damage.
Remember that even uneven paint in the door area may cause a problem. If you detect some common signs of a problem, such as sticky door and noisy tracks, even slightly, do the necessary repair before they become more serious.
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How to Buy a Double Pocket Door
To install a double pocket door, you need to buy the door first. When you buy the door, you will get either a pocket door kit or a pre-assembled pocket door. Each choice has its own pros and cons.
If you buy the kit, which is a set of modules that you have to assemble yourself, you will not have a problem transporting it to your home; however, the pre-installation assembly procedure is another chore that you can easily skip when you buy a pre-assembled model.
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The pre-assembled type, however, is more difficult to transport because it is already assembled in the factory. The installation procedure is a little bit briefer because all that you need to worry about is its installation on your wall.