Pocket Door Articles

Save Space and Gain Privacy with Pocket Doors May 22 2017

Pocket Door SystemsWhen you are a home owner, you want to make the most of your space. You decorate, paint the walls and add furnishings to have a place that you enjoy. Space is important in the home as every home owner wants to be able to decorate as they wish and enjoy every square inch of the property. In most homes, there are areas that are either too small for doors to fit or the doors used are actually a nuisance. To solve this problem, pocket doors can be installed.

At Peterson Pocket Door System we offer a unique patented pocket door hardware system that enables a lifetime of smooth operating pocket doors in your home.  Pocket doors are doors that are placed on a track above the door frame and slide into a ‘pocket’ in the wall. These doors come in a variety of styles, colors and sizes and offer you a simple way to add privacy in the home as well as create more space to decorate or for an organized feel.

Pocket Doors Can Be Installed Anywhere

There are many areas in which pocket doors can be installed. In most homes, the doors work well in laundry room or mud room areas, even bathrooms. If you live in a small home, the pocket doors can add extra square footage that was once unused space. Think about any areas of your home that could use more space or rooms that may not have a door at all.

Many times, mud rooms or laundry rooms have small doorways and there is no door installed or you have the accordion doors. When this happens, it can take up too much space or perhaps you want to have a door to shut off noise or clutter. When you install a pocket door, you have the privacy of a standard door without the bulky installation.

You will be able to close off the area, so your home appears neat and clean as well as block off any noise as needed. Plus, when a traditional door is not installed, then you have that wall space to use for furnishings or décor, which would not be used if the swinging door was in place.

Choosing Your Pocket Door

When you decide to have pocket doors installed in your home, you can choose to do so yourself or go with the professionals. It is recommended that you have a professional installation done, especially if you have no experience with installing doors. You will be involved in the process and be able to choose the door type, color, style, etc. Make sure you include our patented pocket door hardware system, that ensures your pocket door never goes off track.

A professional installer knows how to prepare the wall as well as install the track and ensure the door is operational. Once installed, and installed properly, you will be able to use the door for many years to come with no issues.

So, take a look around your home and see where pocket doors may come in handy. Completely change the look and feel of your home with more convenient doorways, with the privacy and extra space you need to be comfortable.

When Should a Pocket Door Be Installed? April 07 2017

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Pocket doors are not a common door type found in homes today but have actually been around for centuries. In the past, the door type was actually considered a standard feature in an upscale home but this gradually went out of style. Swinging doors became the new ‘It’ feature and homes continue to use such doors today. However, there are many positives to pocket doors and home owners today are starting to install the door type in existing homes as well as with new builds.

But when should pocket doors be used?

There are many areas of the home that can benefit from pocket doors. For a visual effect, it can be lovely to add pocket doors to the dining room area of the home. You will enjoy a regal feel as you host a dinner party and close the doors during the meal for a grand effect. Pocket doors come in very handy with laundry room or mud room spaces. Often times, these areas have small doorways and might not benefit from a swing style door. A pocket door can slide easily into the wall and still provide a door to shut when needed.

Think about areas in your home where you might could use a door that instead of swinging outward, it goes inside the wall. Smaller spaces like laundry rooms or small half baths work well when adding a pocket door instead of a traditional swinging door.

Why Install a Pocket Door?

There are many reasons to install a pocket door, from having a unique feature in the home to gaining square footage. When you have a pocket door installed, you no longer have to worry about keeping a door closed or losing space with an open doorway. Think about this. When you have a traditional swing door, the door will be pushed against the wall when open. This means you cannot place any furnishings or décor on this portion of the wall. By installing a pocket door, you can gain as much as 10 square feet of space. This means more room for furniture layout as well as decorating your home.

Pocket doors are also a quality option when the homeowner has impaired mobility. When the individual is in a wheelchair, it is much easier to slide a pocket door than to try and swing a door open. The individual will no longer have to maneuver the door to be able to move in or out of a space in the home.

Overall, pocket doors are a quality choice for the home. Consider installing one today to see how your home can benefit from this unique door choice. There are many styles and sizes to choose from which helps you to keep in line with the design of your home as well as have several options when choosing an install. Our pocket door hardware kit ensures any pocket door installed in your home will never go out of alignment. Install one pocket door to see how you like the usage of the door type and you may find that you are changing out several doors in your home!

Top Hidden Benefits of Pocket Doors March 28 2017

A pocket door is a unique door option for the home that essentially disappears whenever the home owner closes it. The door slides into the wall, creating an opening or can be pulled closed for privacy. Many feel that pocket doors are overlooked during the construction phase of building a new home but can easily be installed later on if the home owner would like to have such doors in place. There are many benefits to having pocket doors from the way the door disappears into the wall to having more space in the home. Learn more about these benefits below.

Gaining Space with Pocket Doors 

Pocket Doors save SpaceWith pocket doors, the home instantly gains space. On average, an additional 10-square-feet of floor space is gained when a pocket door is used instead of the traditional door that swings open and closed. When a high quality frame and hardware are used, the pocket door will last for the lifespan of the home without trouble or need for repairs. With this space, home owners have more options for laying out furniture or décor. Many times, a doorway can cause issues with having proper seating. With a pocket door you can gain the extra space needed for chair or sofa placement. And who doesn’t love extra space? It can be really annoying when you have an open door and the door gets in the way of being able to place furniture or décor. With a pocket door, you will have more freedom as to where you can place items which can lead to extra seating or storage for your home.

Privacy When Needed

Pocket doors also provide a sense of privacy when needed. In the olden days, pocket doors would be added to the dining room area. The doors would remain open during the daytime hours and when dinner was served, the doors would be closed off for privacy during the dinner party. The same can be said today. Pocket doors can remain open as you see fit and then closed off when you want privacy in the space.


In smaller homes, pocket doors come in quite handy. Not only do you gain floor space but you also may not be able to keep an open door, well open. In some homes, ether is not enough room for a door to swing open. Such spaces could include the laundry room or mud room of the home. A swing door would just get in the way while a pocket door is the perfect solution for closing off the space when needed.

Many older homes do well with pocket doors as there is limited space when the doors of certain spaces are open. Older homes can actually have smaller doors which can easily be removed and a pocket door put in place for more space as well as easy opening and closing when privacy is needed.

Overall, pocket doors are a quality solution for the home. You can have pocket doors installed in your new home or during the construction phase of a new build to be able to enjoy the unique door option for many years to come.

Common Areas to Install a Pocket Door January 21 2017

A pocket door is a fantastic way in which to maximize space in the home. With pocket doors, more square footage is offered in a space while still providing a sense of privacy when needed. Instead of using a traditional swinging door on a hinge, a pocket door will slide into a hollow cavity in the wall, known as a pocket. The door is mounted with pocket door hardware on rollers and is easily able to glide on a track overhead, providing a unique door for the home.

Where Can Pocket Doors be Installed?

Pocket Doors Save SpaceBut where should pocket doors be installed? You can really have a pocket door installed anywhere you like but normally, such doors are placed in areas where they will be of benefit. If the space provided for a door swing is not optimal, a pocket door will free up space in the home. Pocket doors save space and solve problems as they easily fit into tight spots in the home. Instead of having awkward use of space with a swinging door, the pocket door takes up less room and helps home owners have complete control of privacy as well as décor and use of the space.

Bathrooms, laundry areas and mudrooms can easily use pocket doors for convenience. When a bathroom is in a small space, the pocket door allows for ease of use as well as freeing up square footage. It is common for bathrooms, laundry rooms or even closets to exist in a home where the regular door swings open but is in the way. By adding a pocket door to this area, the area is not awkward and the space still has a door for privacy.

Think about spaces in your home. Is there anywhere that has a tight fit when it comes to a swinging door? This would be a great space in which to install a pocket door. Pocket doors come in all shapes and sizes as well as designs. You should easily be able to find a pocket door that will give you privacy, visual appeal and better use of the space than with the traditional swinging door that is already installed in the home. 

Take a look around your home. Do you see a room that could benefit? Start off small with perhaps a bathroom or laundry room. By trying one area for a pocket door, you can see how well you like the new option and decide if you wish to add in another pocket door in another area of your home. Once you see how well the doors function as compared to a traditional swinging door, you may find that you want to replace several doors in the home with this type.

Pocket doors must be installed by a professional in order for the door to function properly. The wall in the doorway will need to be outfitted with a pocket door kit so the new door can be easily installed and move back and forth, inside and outside the wall. This unique door type is a perfect addition to any home and can last a lifetime if installed properly. Utilizing the Peterson Pocket Door Hardware System ensures your beautiful pocket door will never be out of alignment. Be sure to mention this to your architect or contractor.