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How to install pocket doors

Where to install

The beauty of pocket doors is that they can work in every room of the house. Whether it’s the bedroom, the bathroom or the kitchen, if there’s space in the wall cavity, a pocket door will work and look good.

Because they give you maximum room space, pocket doors tend to be popular in kitchens and bathrooms where there’s chance to install more units.

You can see from the diagram that a pocket door allowed space for a shower as opposed to the swing door option.


How to install

Pockets doors are largely supplied pre-assembled which makes life easier, especially if you’re the one installing them!

With a cassette structure, pocket doors can be installed in 5 easy steps. Check out this generic installation guide for a single pocket door.


1.    Insert brackets (1) to the top of the aluminium rail (2).  Later, the brackets will fix onto the wooden stud head.

2.    The aluminium rail (2) slides into the top of the pocket cassette (5).

3.    Join the metal jamb (3) to the top of the aluminium rail (2)

4.    Fit the two spacer bars (4) between the removeable protection plate (6) and the metal jamb (3).  Essential for ensuring the structure remains square during installation.

5.    Plasterboard (7) can then be fixed directly to the cassette (5).  When ready the door can be fitted and the timber accessory kit applied.


If fitting double pocket doors, you will need a double leaf conversion kit with two single pocket door systems. The metal jambs (3) are not required and can be discarded. The double top rail supplied is fixed between the two single systems. Double spacers are also provided to keep the structure square. 

Whether you’re fitting a single or double pocket door, both must be grooved to fit in the floor guide.


Need help? Speak to one of the experts in our joinery team today on 023 8038 5385.

Choosing the right size and materials

Many doors that we offer at Elliotts are suitable for pocket door installation, so there’s lots of materials and styles to choose from such as oak, walnut, white and a painted finish.

You can also opt for glass doors which will allow more light into a room over wood.

If you’re looking to keep costs low, then choose a standard door width and thickness, such as:

·         686 (w) x 1981 (h)

·         762 (w) x 1981 (h)

·         838 (w) x 1981 (h)

·         915 (w) x 1981 (h)

·         Thickness 35 – 44mm


Want to find out more?

If pocket doors sound like an option for your building project, then talk to one of our joinery experts in our Elliotts Sales Hub today.

Just fill out the form or click here to view our Joinery Brochure online - you can pick up a copy in your local Elliotts branch too!