How much are pocket doors?

How much does a pocket door cost?

This is a question that I’ve heard asked a few times, and here are some answers

A pocket door can be made from any “blank” door, old or new. A plain, hollow luan door can be had at a box store for $20. You can re-use a salvaged or vintage door for a cool effect, or to match the style of your home. Off the shelf or custom new doors can range from the $20 luan door up to hundreds of dollars, depending on the material and options.

The pocket itself is another component. Johnson hardware makes excellent, easy to use pocket door kits. They have how to instructions on their site, and videos on YouTube on how to install. They start at about $70 for up to a 30″ door, and go up from there.

I have another article on how to install a pocket door, that has links to Johnson and videos.

If you’re feeling adventurous and to make your own pocket out of lumber, from scratch, you can do so. You’ll still want to buy a track and some rollers from Johnson or a similar company. It’s crucial if you’re building your own pocket to select very straight lumber, as bowed or twisted boards may cause your door to rub or stick. You’ll save money on materials with this option, as you’ll need to buy a few 2 x 4′s and a 2×6 to build a pocket.  If you’re a skilled carpenter, the labor’s not much more than if you got the kit, you just have to rip down the 2 x 6 as the top plate and track hanger. If you’re a beginner to novice, it might be better to get the kit.

The other advantage to the kit is that you get metal clad studs, so less worry about warped wood rubbing on the door inside the wall.

If you’re paying a pro to install a pocket door, the cost will depend on whether you are in a new construction situation where the framing is exposed, or an existing house, where a section of the wall has to be demolished, then the frame built, door installed, wall finished and painted and trimmed.

In some situations, a surface mount sliding door on a track might work, as are used in some barns for stall doors. This is a more industrial look, but a lot less labor. This hardware is also available from Johnson, or similar sites.

Disclaimer: I don’t work for Johnson hardware, or get any ad revenue from them. I have used their products many times in my years in business and have been satisfied.

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