The use of pocket doors in the United States is becoming a more popular trend every year because they not only save space but offer the convenience of a door that can be opened entirely and not block access by sliding closed along a track. Conventional and bifold doors are considered the more traditional approach in most homes these require several feet of unblocked space to open and close. Many homeowners need every extra square foot they can find to store their personal belongings and a door can easily get in the way of most decorating layouts.
A pocket door is a simple design that utilizes a flat door installed on a track that will slide easily into a “pocket” in the wall. When opened these doors allow complete access to the closet or room and will not slide closed until you are ready to do so. Pocket doors can be single door that slides to the left or right (usually this is unidirectional) and sits flush against the door jamb when closed or a double door set that will close in the middle of the frame against each other. Depending on the style of pocket door in your home, there are several different types of hardware available.
Dummy Sets: These would be used most traditionally on a closet door because it has a pull installed on the exterior of the door and no pull on the inside. These are most traditionally accompanied by an edge pull installed into the side of the door (to close the door).
Passage Sets: This style would be used on a door that might be opened from the inside or outside – therefore a pull is installed on either side of the door. An edge pull would be used as well. These are available in single and double sets depending on the type of pocket doors.
Privacy Sets: This style is similar to the passage set but uses a mortise latch in place of an edge pull so the doors can be locked. It is important to note that a key will be required to lock/unlock this style from either side (no safety lock feature). In a single door installation the door would lock into a strike plate installed into the door jamb and in a double door installation the doors would lock into each other.
Pocket door hardware is available in a variety of antique and modern patterns and can be a great way to upgrade the appearance of your pocket doors. Search for solid brass construction to ensure high quality and durability.