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Installing Pocket Doors in the Closet

July 2, 2020  —  Written by Chris 

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Our closet has been a really fun project, and something that added tangible value to our home, both in square footage and utility. But ever since the room was created, we haven’t had functioning doors. Until this week!

Pocket doors are actually really simple to hang, once the frame is in  place. The frame is the hard part and takes a lot of planning ahead. The frame is the part inside the wall and there are a few types. There are kits that include a whole frame that you just set in place, and it matches the standard thickness of an interior wall; though you do need to make sure you choose a kit that matches the size of your door. There are also kits that just include the tracks, and you can build your own frame. This is the direction we went because it allows you to build out the wall a bit more and get some extra rigidity. Our frame was built with 2x4s, set on the narrow. You can see the sideways 2×4 in this photo:

Hanging the doors was a lot more straight forward. The pocket door kit comes with the slides and brackets you need – simply attach the bracket to the top of the door with the included screws, attach them to the slides, and lock the hardware in place.

The real tricky part is the hardware/handle. We ordered our doors from Simpson Door Company  (8’x2′ 84642 Bravo Collection with Ovolo sticking and a raised panel – though Simpson didn’t sponsor the project they did send us the doors), and they came as just slab doors with no frame or holes for hardware. This was on purpose because every set of pocket door hardware is different – there’s no standard like there is with door knobs.

Jules found some beautiful polished nickel hardware by Emtek that we both loved. It came with this helpful, detailed template that we used to mark our drilling locations both on the edge and face of the door. We started with the edge hole, picking a drill bit that matched the width of the marked area, drilling pilot holes, then using a chisel to finish the rest.

The face holes were the scary ones. We used a key-hole saw that matched the size of the template to get the perfect round at the and bottom of the handle location, then cut the rest with an oscillating tool.


Once the doors and hardware were in place, we framed out the door jamb with primed pine 1x4s, and painted everything the same Lamp Room Grey to match the inside of our closet and the trim in our bedroom.

We love it so much. It just feels so nice to finally have doors to this room, and the 8ft height, mirroring the doors out to our new balcony, makes everything feel so grand.

Doors are so common in a home, often easy to ignore or look past. But these feel like an actual fixture. A deliberate design decision (which they were) to create a new vibe for the main bedroom suite in this home. Doors where once was a wall, framing out a closet where once was nothing. It’s so motivating, and really builds our confidence to rethink even more areas of our home.

We’re waiting for a few final touches to the closet and then will share all of THOSE before and afters!!

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Pocket Doors
Pocket Door Track Kit
Pocket Door Hardware
Paint Color: Farrow & Ball Lamp Room Gray
Vanity
Vanity Chair
Lamp
Chandelier
Leather Ottoman

What do you think?

  1. Beata Mercier says:

    I love how you made the chandelier into a flush-mount. Did you use a kit to convert it? It looks gorgeous!

  2. Those door make it look so luxurious. I love that you went with 2 doors over 1. It’s much more of a statement that way????

  3. Michael FranCisco Delaware says:

    We have not found a lot of walls with pocket doors thick enough to support having electrical boxes in the “slide way” of the door. I would like to see more on the dimensions, looks like the 2×4 is side mounted rather than standard mount.

  4. Nerida says:

    It’s like a very snazzy 5 star hotel room! Especially once your new bathroom goes in!! Must be so satisfying to have this space finished! (And installing that hardware #iwillleavethsttotheprofessionals).

  5. Neha says:

    They look perfect and it finishes off the space beautifully. While no one room in my house looks nearly as nice as this closet, I am convinced I need to add a pocket door. Thanks for always making everything seem so do-able. Well done!

  6. Brianna Domnick says:

    This is beautiful! Where can I find this rug?

  7. Ashley says:

    Just beautiful! I don’t know what exact style you have, but is there a way for you to paint your recessed lighting trim kit so that they blend in with the ceiling? It really is such a stunning space, great work!!

  8. Lilah says:

    You are not going to show us how you framed it?

  9. Pocket doors are such a game changer! I love the color of these too!!!

  10. Jessica says:

    Your new chandelier is beyond stunning!

  11. Jeannine520 says:

    It’s beautiful! You really should be proud of how this came together. I can’t wait to see it with the curtains. They’ll add so much drama and a special elegance to the space, can’t wait to see it.!

  12. Mindy says:

    Beautiful! Also, that’s a closet? Full sized room for me! :)

  13. Ellen says:

    What a gorgeous space! Now I’m eagerly awaiting what will become of the bedroom walls on either side of the doors… sconces? art? both?! ;)

  14. Stephanie says:

    That last picture made me gasp out loud! Stunning. The glow of the shoe shelf lights makes almost a delicate pink hue it compliments the wall paint color and wood floor so perfectly. I’ve been in awe of this build! I would spend all day in there, bravo!

  15. Renee says:

    This will now ‘break’ the Pinterest!! :-) Amazing! I am in the process of upgrading my baseboards – would you mind sharing what you used here? Thanks!

  16. Mary says:

    I love it! We have pocket doors in our house already installed. How would you hang art or a large mirror on the wall the door is inside? We have been struggling to figure it out

    • Julia says:

      We framed ours out so we still could, but just be sure you hit a stud and use a short screw so you don’t scratch your door!

    • Mara Smith says:

      I like using the 3M Command strips. The best part is, you don’t have to figure out where to hammer your nail! When you’re ready to move it, there’s no hole in the wall staring back at you either!

  17. Anna says:

    Is one side wider than the other? Or is it just the pictures?

  18. This is all so beautiful, but that last shot?! It’s drop. dead. gorgeous.

  19. Javier says:

    Love it! Did you guys ever share where your door casing trim is from? Love the profile!

  20. Haley says:

    Is there anything that keeps the doors closing in the center as opposed to slightly one side or the other?

    • Julia says:

      There’s a block that stops it when it gets to the center

    • Lauren says:

      What was the width on the rough in pre installation and trim? Designing a pocket door opening now and trying to figure out if I need 4’ or 5’

  21. Courtney says:

    I feel like I can’t even call this a closet. Its a dressing ROOM! Its so so beautiful!

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