How to Build a Pocket Door Frame

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How to Build a Pocket Door Frame
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When installing a pocket door, you want to be sure that your room has enough space to accommodate your new door. A pocket door requires a huge cavity in your wall to allow it to slide smoothly. In order to properly install your pocket door, you need the right door frame to hold your door. A pocket door frame can be readily bought in stores, but making one on your own can save you a lot of money. Building your own pocket door, will allow you to control its exact dimensions and specifications.

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Things you need

  • Large piece of plywood
  • Measuring tape
  • Mitre saw
  • Stud finder
  • Hammer
  • Flathead nails
  • Chalk
  • Door frame header slots
  • Door end plates
  • Floor plate
  • Sealing stain

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    Construct the rough opening of your pocket door frame starting with its header. This is the part above your head when you enter the door. Use your measuring tape to get the exact measurements of your door before the cut. Cut your wood board with your mitre saw to at least 85 inches in height and twice the width of your door with an inch allowance.

  2. 2

    Use your measuring tape to measure 80 ¾-inch of space from your finished floor moving up your wall. Mark every rough stud by detecting them with a stud finder.

  3. 3

    Hammer a flathead nail at the centre of the frame, leaving 1/8-inch of the nail protruding.

  4. 4

    Use a chalk line to mark the floor for your side jambs. Slip the slots in the frame header end plates found right at the top of your pocket door frame. Drive the nails through the remaining holes in your end plates.

  5. 5

    Split the fingers of your floor plate right into the split jambs of your pocket door frame. Split the jamb against your header nailer and use a hammer and a few nails to install the other split jamb midway into the pocket frame’s opening.

  6. 6

    Use sealing stain to seal all the edges of the door panel and let it dry for at least 3 hours.

  7. 7

    Insert door plate by screwing it on top of the door frame using a few screws and a screwdriver. This will lock the tab on the same side and complete your pocket door frame.

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