A pocket door is a door that slides in to a cavity in the wall, rather than swinging it to a room, and taking up valuable space. A pocket door can save up to 10 sq feet of floor space where you can put furniture, a vanity in a bathroom or extra storage in a closet.
The first step in determining if there is room for a pocket door in your walls, is to determine what size door you wish to install. A pocket door needs 2x the door size of wall space than a swing door.
After measuring the wall, you then need to understand what may be inside the wall that may have to be moved or may prevent you from putting your door in, such as electric lines, switches or outlets, water pipes and the worst of all, sewer pipes, which are hard to move.
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Before you make the decision to install a pocket door it is best to remove the wall covering and be sure there is nothing in the wall that can not be moved before going out to buy a door that you may not be able to use.
If you decide you have the space for a pocket door, here is a great video showing you how to accomplish this task.