As Mark Twain once said, “Buy land. They’re not making it any more.”
He wasn’t wrong. As the cost of real estate continues its inexorable rise it seems that with each passing year we get less and less for more and more of our money. For those of us lucky enough to be able to get on the property ladder we often find our budget only stretches to about half the space we really need to feel comfortable. Matters only get worse if you want to live in a bustling city, where the price of a sprawling suburban home might only net you a small studio apartment.
Unfortunately there’s little we can do about the price of property, but that doesn’t necessarily mean we have to be happy with what little space we can afford. In fact, there’s a simple way to open up dozens of square feet of wasted floor space with a clever architectural trick: pocket doors.
Pocket doors are sliding doors that, when opened, slide on tracks into a recessed compartment hidden in the walls. They may not look like much of a revelation, but since sliding pocket doors don’t need to swing out into a room they can free up an enormous amount of otherwise wasted floor space when they replace a traditional hinged door, a benefit that becomes apparent in a small home with limited floor space.
A pocket door installation can be especially beneficial in small, cramped spaces such as the bathroom. Anyone who has ever lived in a small apartment will have experienced the awkward, side-stepping dance necessary to squeeze into a bathroom that isn’t quite large enough to allow a door to fully open before it nudges against the toilet or basin. A simple bathroom pocket doo
r can solve that problem, and free up an extra ten square feet or more of the bathroom in the process.
But this crafty space-saving architectural feature does more than just provide additional floor space. The benefits of pocket doors go much further than that. They also open up the space itself, creating a light and airy feel by bridging the gap between rooms. Your kitchen can lead into your living room, which can lead into the bedrooms and beyond, giving you the option of privacy but the benefit of a feeling of open, fluid space, with each room flowing seamlessly into the next.
Pocket doors are simple to install as part of a new construction project, but they can also be retrofit into any home, either as a DIY project or by a professional. For a simple, easy installation you might opt for an open, wall-hanging pocket door that can be installed on rails and attached to an existing door frame, but for a more attractive and striking effect you should go the whole hog and install pockets into the walls themselves, so the doors can slide smoothly away without any visible remainder.
Whichever option you choose you can be sure that installing stylish, space-saving pocket doors will be the best decision you ever made for your home.