There are many different types of sliding doors, but my favorite is pocket doors, and more specific pocket sliding glass doors. These types of doors can be used for many different types of rooms, add more floor space to rooms, and they can be add a classic or a modern feel to a home.
A pocket door is a sliding door that disappears into the wall when it is open. Then when it is closed it can blend into the wall depending on the design and style of the pocket door.
Pocket doors were very popular in Victorian homes. Many times they closed off sitting rooms or dens. However, as times and taste in architectural designed changed, the pocket door fell out of favor with many people.
They have made a resurgence thanks in part to the growth of people buying condominiums and townhouses. Many people like pocket doors because they are stylish, and they save a lot of floor space in a house. In addition, the hardware used for pocket doors has improved a lot over the years.
Today many homeowners use pocket doors for bathrooms, closets, laundry or utility rooms, home offices, and even patio doors. There are many different uses of a pocket door.
The big reason is to save space. Using a pocket door over a hinged door can add an average of 10 square feet of floor space. In a small condo or town house, this can be a lot of floor space created by a pocket door. So in tight quarters, a pocket door can give you a lot more space that traditional doors cannot.
In rooms that wall space is a premium, pocket doors can give more wall space in smaller rooms.
In some places that a bigger room may be necessary at different times, for example a dining room. During big parties you need the room, but when having an intimate dinner with just a few people, you can close the doors and make the dining room smaller. Many will use pocket doors here as when they are open, they disappear into the walls, but when they are closed they act as a wall and make the room smaller.
Another reason is the aesthetics. Many just like the look and feel of pocket doors.
Pocket doors can be made out of many different kinds of material. The most popular are pocket sliding glass doors. Some have wood trim with glass very similar to a window or a French door. Then others have a solo pane of glass, and many other styles in between.
Pocket sliding glass doors can be made with different types of glass. It can be clear, frosted, milky, laminated, linen, and various shades of dark all the way to a very dark glass. This allows for pocket doors to be used in some rooms where privacy is needed like a bathroom or when the style of a home calls for something other than a clear glass.
Pocket sliding glass doors are very beautiful. They can go with any style of home that you have. If you have more Victorian style or a more contemporary style in your house, pocket sliding doors go great with these and add a little more pizzazz to your home’s style.