Some might say that pocket doors are a lesser known option for inclusion in your new space. But actually, pocket doors in your extension or conversion have the ability to do two things. One: save space, when needed, or two: in larger areas, they can be fitted as a stylistic choice.

Have a read of Build Team’s latest blog to find out exactly what a pocket door is, and how it might be an option for you.

Pocket doors in your extension or conversion : Pocket door cordoning off dining and kitchen areas.
Image Credit: Deana

What are Pocket Doors?

Pocket doors elegantly disappear by sliding into the cavity space in the walls either side. In other words, there is no need to open a door outwards, a slide across is all that is needed, which ultimately means they are a space-saving device. However, they can provide attractive alternatives in larger areas too. Coming in almost any colour, and with options to include glass, they really are a choice to bear in mind when designing your new extension or conversion.

Pocket doors in your extension or conversion : Double pocket doors sectioning off the living space from bedroom area.
Image Credit: Ideal Home

Minimal Look or With Architrave?

Flush pocket doors allow the user to have a contemporary, sleek finish with no door frame at all. This might appeal to someone with a smaller space, or whose decor is modern and minimal.

Pocket doors in your extension or conversion : Pocket door without architrave to show a minimal look.
Image Credit: Grand Designs Magazine

Making the Most of a Room

You can actually split a room using pocket doors. For example, you may already have an arch which acts as a way of zoning the room. Well, pocket doors can take this one step further, and allow you to completely shut off part of a room, or leave it open. The choice is there for the making.

Pocket doors in your extension or conversion : Glass pocket doors showing how to zone a room.
Image Credit: The Pocket Door Company

Single?

The single pocket door is a popular choice, as it most closely mirrors the more commonly chosen hinged door. It is a good way to save space, for example, cordoning off a pantry area in a kitchen, or perhaps a storage area to make the room flow more smoothly.

Pocket doors in your extension or conversion : Single pocket door in light wood.
Image Credit: Direct Doors

Double?

The double pocket doors are for an extension area with room to accommodate the wider opening. As mentioned earlier, using pocket doors for zoning rooms is a good idea, and a double one could work its way across the whole room to allow creation of a new space. Have you ever wanted a library area in your living room, or a coffee and papers area in your kitchen? Consider the double pocket doors option.

Pocket doors in your extension or conversion : Double pocket door made form light wood.
Image Credit: JAS Timber

Telescopic?

This is a great choice for a couple of reasons. Firstly, when you only have one side of a wall available, the two doors are joined and slide in as one, giving the effect of a telescope being pulled in and out. Or, secondly, if you have a very wide opening and need the width of four doors, the telescopic option can provide a more attractive look.

Pocket doors in your extension or conversion : Telescopic pocket door in a wider frame.
Image Credit: ArchiExpo

Curved?

Make a sweeping statement with the bold, curved pocket door to add a statement to a larger room. The look can be very grand indeed.

Pocket doors in your extension or conversion : This is a curved pocket door showing how grand a statement it can make in the right space.
Image Credit: Pocket Doors

Which Material?

When separating a room, why not choose glass? Add in metal frames, and you will have a Crittall style look and feel, which can be quite industrial. If wood is your preferred choice, choose it to match the style of your units – for example a shaker style kitchen could lend itself to having a shaker style pocket door.

Pocket doors in your extension or conversion : Which material to choose for your pocket door? This is a mixture of glass and metal.
Image Credit: Emerald Doors

Things to Consider

When having pocket doors fitted, there does need to be a wall cavity, or pocket, in which they can slide. If there is no such cavity, a false pocket can be created – something to bear in mind for the future.

So there now, you have it, pocket doors in your extension or conversion, examined in all their forms – most certainly food for thought.


If you are a homeowner, and have some ideas about an extension, please contact our Enquiries Team. You can call them on 0207 495 6561 or email hello@buildteam.com to arrange a FREE Design Consultation with one of our friendly architectural designers. Alternatively, click here to book online instantly.