Henry Pocket Frames has been in business for over 25 years and manufactures thousands of Assembled Pocket Frames and PDQ Systems for satisfied customers.
Pocket Frames are our only business; our expertise and full attention go into custom making each and every unit thereby ensuring that you receive a quality product.
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A PDQ Pocket Frame installed hide-away, space-saver door is only a little over an hour away from providing you with a lifetime of convenience and service: assembly takes approximately five minutes and installation, about one hour depending on skill level.
What is a pocket door?
A pocket door is a sliding door that slides along its length and disappears when open, into a compartment or pocket.
Pocket doors usually travel on rollers suspended from an overhead track. Both single- and double-door versions are used, depending on how wide an entry is desired. Unlike a regular door, that on average takes up about 10 square feet of floor space when it swings open, pocket doors don’t take up any floor space and they are easy to open for people who use wheelchairs or walkers.
The doors were particularly common in Victorian homes to close off such areas as sitting rooms, libraries, and dens; however, pocket doors are becoming increasingly popular due to their space-saving features and practicality.
Common Uses of the Pocket Door
With improvements in the hardware and growth of the market for condominiums and town homes, there has been a resurgence of interest in this space-saving feature. Modern residential uses include bathrooms, closets, home offices, laundry, and utility rooms. They are also used for architectural effect, or when there is no room for the swing of a conventional door, to give you more room, especially in small rooms, and recommended for homes with disabled residents due to greater ease of opening compared to traditional hinged, pull-open doors.
Building expert Tim Carter considers the pocket door “one of the top ten most overlooked items when many architects and builders plan a home.”
How do they work?
The frame for your pocket door includes the track that your door will slide on as it moves in and out of the wall. It also has nylon wheels that help the door slide smoothly on the track.
- A pocket door is only as reliable as its parts.
- Quality door hardware makes a pocket door easier to open and close.
- Make sure you can replace your wheels without opening up the wall. A feature found only in the PDQ pocket frame.
- Use of aluminum track is important, especially in high-moisture applications such as bathrooms
- Make sure the kit you buy will fit the door you choose. PDQ frames are available in all standard door sizes and the hardware can handle doors up to 150 pounds. Ball bearing wheels are available for doors up to 250 pounds and are 9 feet high.
- Look for a kit that has a quick-release device. This will let you take the door off easily if you want to paint or repair it.
- Get pull handles for the door. They will be easy to grab when you slide the door in and out of its pocket.