doors were extremely popular during the late-1800s and early 1900s. Many historic
homes, especially older Victorian
syle, still hold fine examples of these antique doors. Pocket doors travel on
rollers suspended from an overhead track, although some also feature tracks or
guides along the floor. New security applications and benefits of pocket doors
have been recently rekindled. In the past pocket doors were used mainly for architectural
effect or when there was no room for the swing of a conventional door.
pocket door frames are designed to compensate for load bearing walls. Pocket doors
may be installed in concrete walls prior to pouring concrete also. pocket door
is a door that slides along its length and disappears, when open, into a compartment
located in the adjacent wall.
pocket door is a sliding door that slides along its length and disappears,
when open, into a compartment in the adjacent wall. Pocket doors are used for
architectural effect, or when there is no room for the swing of a conventional
door. They usually travel on rollers suspended from an overhead track, although
some also feature tracks or guides along the floor. Both single- and double-door
are used, depending on how wide an entry is desired.
Installing a pocket door rather than a traditional hinged door can add
an average of ten square feet of floor space, according to building expert Tim
Carter, who considers the pocket door "one of the top ten most overlooked items
when many architects and builders plan a home." The doors were particularly common
in Victorian homes to close off such areas as sitting rooms or dens; however,
as architectural tastes changed, many of the hardware manufacturers went out of
business. With improvement in the hardware and the growth of the market for condominiums
and town homes, there has been a resurgence of interest in this space-saving feature.
Modern residential uses include bathrooms, closets, laundry or utility rooms,
or home offices. A wall-hung variation called an "open pocket door" may be used
where in-wall installation is impractical; this version is recommended for homes
with disabled residents due to greater ease of opening compared to traditional
hinged, pull-open doors.
Door Advantages:see BREACHING
pocket door frame absorbs any impact presented to the door during severe weather
events, hostile entry, or other threatening situations. Bolts and hinges, as found
on most swing in doors, are not needed and therefore are not a weak point in the
assembly. Ballistic (bullet resistant) rated panels may be integrated into the
pocket doors as well. Many of our pocket door systems have an actuator with an
emergency inside release.
have taken the basic pocket door concept and are presently using it with our vault
and protective wall systems as a practical and efficient security barrier against
hostile entry and extreme weather events." Ballistics