The Pocket Door Gets a Facelift
December 30, 2009
Pocket doors have been a traditional favorite in older and period homes. They were quite popular in the late 19th Century for the more formal rooms such as the parlor, study or dining room. Pocket interior doors offered an elegant look of traditional with the added bonus of saving space with no need for clearance as there is with a hinged door.
But more modern homes are turning to pocket doors to get the space saving benefits and the clean look of a door that can slip back into a wall. So the traditional pocket door needed an update to bring this style solution into more modern homes.
Enter the contemporary version of the pocket door, where glass and clean lines take front and center stage. These updated versions of pocket doors are making the most of both large and small spaces, particularly in urban settings and lofts, without compromising natural light and style - not to mention floor space.
In fact, contemporary pocket doors are being used where the walls can't handle the challenge. New tracks allow the door to slip flush to the wall rather than inside the wall like its older counterparts. This also allows installation without a major renovation.
For an age old solution to the expanse of a three season room or sunroom, pocket doors are setting the stage to offer one season closure to the room to help energy efficiency without compromising the natural lighting and the views.
While pocket doors offer traditional elegance in many homes, the new version of the pocket door is taking this look to contemporary and modern abodes as well.