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How to Install a Pocket Door (page 1 of 2)

Pocket doors are great space-savers. Follow these steps to see how to install a new pocket door.

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  • Time

    2 hours

  • Price Range

    $100 - $250

  • Difficulty


Here's How To Do It:

Step 1: Attach a Header

This project starts after preparation of the pocket door site has been completed --- drywall has been removed, studs, plates and sills have been removed, and electrical and plumbing issues have been handled.

Be sure to purchase a high-quality pocket door frame with durable hardware. Additionally, the size of the header increases with the weight of the door, so be sure to factor this in. Most pocket door frame kits specify how big the header should be.

attaching hanging brackets to top of door

Step 2: Attach the Split Studs

The door rides through a channel made by what are called "split studs." These studs function like regular wall studs but are metal-wrapped and form a hollow channel in the middle for the pocket door to pass through.

Attach the split studs to the floor and to the header, checking for plumb. When you hang the new drywall that will hide the pocket door when it's open, you'll attach the drywall to the exterior (wood) side of these split studs.

attach split studs to floor and header

Step 3: Install the Brackets

Attach the hanging brackets to the top of the door and slide the wheels into the track.

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