Pocket Doors: A Flexible Solution to Balance Openness with Privacy

Boston renovation with pocket doors  Morse Constructions

Pocket doors are not just for small spaces! While they are often used to provide privacy when a traditional swinging door occupies too much floor or wall space, a pocket door is also an ideal solution if you want the ultimate in flexibility.A pocket door slides into the wall when not in use. Without the visual obstruction of a door, spaces flow together. When you want privacy or a more intimate space, simply pull the door closed.

In the Back Bay renovation above, we used pocket doors to provide the best of both worlds -- smooth traffic flow throughout living areas when the doors are open, with an option to close off kitchen clutter from primary entertaining areas when the doors are closed.

The ideal time to install pocket doors is during construction or renovation when the walls are open. It can be significantly more difficult (and expensive) to retroactively install a pocket door into a finished room.

For more examples of pocket doors and good advice about hardware, we are pleased to share this recent Ideabook from Houzz.com.

To view the Ideabook full size on Houzz, simply click on any image or caption.

 

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