Pocket doors are becoming an increasingly popular way to save space and create a unique architectural design effect at the same time. This style of door is specially designed to slide along a track “into” the wall. Although pocket doors may sound like a modern design convenience, they were used frequently in Victorian homes (especially in more crowded areas of the home like the sitting room). Some designers consider the ease of use another advantage in using a pocket door instead of a traditional hinged style.
A pocket door can utilize many different types of hardware and depending on room motif, can be blended with any style of décor. Replacing bland the bland, pre installed hardware that frequently accompanies these doors is a great step towards integrating them into your design theme. This type of door can be an extremely convenient addition to any home as well as a beautiful element of decoration.
The two most popular types of are flush pulls that are installed onto the face of the door and edge pulls which are mortised into the edge (side) of the door. Both are great additions because they allow the door to be easily opened and closed with little effort. Although most edge pulls are plain (they are not visible most of the time), the flush pulls are frequently constructed of solid brass and have a wide range of possibilities. Try incorporating a new pattern into your door that will tie in with your existing theme. Select the same finish for different doorknob sets within the same room to further tie the look together. Another great way to create a theme is replacing all the older and worn cabinet knobs and pulls with matching finishes and designs as well.
Replacing pocket door hardware is a fun way to update the look for your doors without needing to settle for dull designs. A pocket door should blend in with the room, not stand out or draw attention to it for the wrong reasons. By simply updating the pulls it is possible to add a touch of detail that won’t become a focal point but instead enhance the existing design.
LookInTheAttic & Company offers a wide selection of pocket door hardware and they offer free design assistance and help.