Pocket Door Installation

Assemble a PDQ Pocket Frame

To assemble a Pocket Door Quick, Click Here for PDQ Assembly Instructions (PDF).

Pocket Door Installation Instructions

To begin, attach pocket header which has wood split jambs and aluminum track to the top of the pocket frame. Use small nails or screws to secure pocket header to upright components.

Frame the Opening

As with most home construction projects, your first step is do the framing. For a pocket door, you’re actually framing the width of two doors (it’s the same door, but your framing needs to accommodate it in both the open and closed positions). Frame your opening to the width the manufacturer of your pocket door suggests – usually twice the width of your door, plus 2” – so if you’re installing a 32” door rough opening will be 66” wide. Also, frame the top of the door opening to the manufacturer’s recommended height. This is usually about 84”. Be sure the rough opening is plumb and the header is level.

To install a Pocket Door, you will need:

-Tape measure
-Pocket Frame (includes Pocket Door Hardware kit)
-Casing Lumber
-Framing Lumber
-Drywall tape
-Joint compound
-Construction adhesive

Install the Pocket Frame

Place the complete pocket frame into the wall below the header plate. Level complete unit, shim and secure the space between top of pocket frame and wall header with large screws. Secure pocket frame to the floor and install 4 9/16″ door jamb.

Prepare the Door

Pocket door kits are usually designed to accommodate 1 3/8” thick hollow core doors weighing less than 75 pounds. However, any kind of door can be mounted on the proper pocket door hardware.

Important: Whatever type of door you choose, it’s important that you finish or paint the door on both sides as well as the edges before you install the hardware. Remember that the door is going into a wall, so it will be very hard to finish it once it’s installed. Plus, finishing the door all around means it won’t absorb any moisture and possibly warp after installation.

Mount the doorplates on the top of the door and put the hangers onto the track. Hang the door and adjust it for height and plumb using the built-in adjusting nuts.

Put Up the Drywall

Install the drywall over the framed opening, using construction adhesive to attach it to the framing members. You don’t want any nails or screws protruding into the pocket and scratching the door. Tape any joints and finish the seams. Only a few things left to do. Install the adjustable door guides at the mouth of the pocket – these will center the door in the pocket and keep it sliding smoothly.

Finally, install the door casings. Use finishing nails and put some glue on the miters and construction adhesive on the backside of the casing to hold it firmly.

Congratulations, you’ve just installed a pocket door!