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. Our
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.
A 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 versions 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,
Door Advantages:see BREACHING
A 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."