Do’s and Don’ts for Pocket Doors

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Do’s for Pocket Doors

Do: Read instructions from start to finish before attempting to fit the kit

Do: Check the height, width and weight of your door before purchasing the correct kit

Do: Measure everything twice before cutting, once you cut there’s no going back!

Do: Plan ahead, order the kit in plenty of time so you can read the instructions over or give them to your builder with a cup of tea.

Don’ts for Pocket Door Kits

Don’t: Build your wall beforehand, the kits make the pocket wall for you

Don’t: Use a really lightweight door, it will feel flimsy and sound noisier when sliding

Don’t: Attempt to fit a pocket door with no previous DIY experience, we recommend getting someone in to do it for you.

Don’t: Panic! We are here to help with technical knowledge, just send us an e-mail or give us a call.

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Announcement & Update

Helen Butland, accounts at doorstuff

Helen Butland is excited to announce that she is becoming part-time from Monday 20th September as she starts a Bachelor of Arts course.

If Helen has looked after your masterkeyed cylinder and key enquiries and orders in the past – this specialism has been passed to Erika who will now be able to help you, her email address is

If you know Helen from her work in the accounts department, Phil will now be looking after your invoices and payments. You can contact him at the same e-mail address:

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Pocket Doors – Commonly Asked Questions

We are always receiving phone calls of customers asking questions relating to pocket doors, we have gathered your most commonly asked questions and have given them answers, so, if you have any questions about pocket doors you’re in the right place.

A glass pocket door in a modern home, with an office chair and a plant in the background
iMpero Pocket Door Kit for Frameless Glass

What is a Pocket Door?

A pocket door is a type of sliding door, when a pocket door is fully open it disappears in to a ‘pocket’ in the adjacent wall. They are often used when there is limited space, as the swing from a normal hinged door can take up more room, making a pocket door more convenient and spacious.

What Kind of Pocket Door Should I Use?

A kit which slides directly into the wall cavity with individual steel-wrapped timber uprights to attach to the wallboards, like the ‘Coburn Hideaway’ are perfect for smaller doors and single doors, like in an average home. Full cassette systems come with specially designed ‘Z’ section profiles which slide within each other, this means they are not only a flexible width strong reinforced cassette, but they can also be adjusted in height, the ‘iMpero’ pocket doors are a good example of this. You can also get fully fire certified pocket door systems, as well as kits for frameless glass doors, however both options would require a cassette system.

It is easy to find your perfect pocket door system on our website, as there are sections for timber doors, frameless glass doors and fire rated doors.

How do I Install a Pocket Door?

Installing a pocket door in an existing home will be more challenging than in a new build because it is more complex. Firstly, you will need to consider where wiring, switches, pipes and sockets will be placed. You will also need to establish whether an existing wall is loadbearing or not, because loadbearing walls will need to be propped up during work. Pocket doors are designed so that they are incorporated into a stud wall (fit the plasterboard directly on to the kit, do not build the wall first.)

What If I Already Have a Doorway?

If you already have an existing masonry wall you may find that it is more appropriate to use wall mounted sliding tracks and runners, as this is easier than having a carpenter construct a single stud skin of their own design on the one side. This way, when the wall is finished, the thickness will be kept at a minimum. Standard timber doors can be used, so long as they are 35mm-44mm thick only, the height and width may be according to your requirements, however the weight will have to fit within your chosen kits weight range.

Will I Be Able to Fit a Pocket Door Myself?

Some pocket door kits require fitting by a professional, however some of them can be fitted by an experienced DIYer. If you have little to no experience with carpentry or DIY, we would strongly recommend getting someone in to fit the door for you.

What is Included in a Pocket Door Kit?

Our pocket door kits include the track, runners, brackets and stops, and with a fire rated pocket door system, intumescent fire seals are also included. The kits also contain wall reinforcements, providing structural strength within the wall, these are what the plasterboard’s will be attached to. The rigidity of the wall will depend on how strong the wall reinforcements are, this increases with kit price. Some pocket door kits can be sold with optional extras, such as wall reinforcers for extra tall pocket doors, over 2.4m.

If you still have any questions or confusion, don’t hesitate to contact us by email or telephone, or even drop a comment below.

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Commonly Asked Fitting Questions for Sliding Doors

A man looking confused, holding a sliding door track and some tools.

Here are some commonly asked questions and answers regarding the fitting of sliding doors.

Can I Cut the Track of my Sliding Door?

The simple answer to this question is yes, you can cut the tracks of your sliding door to the right size (using a hacksaw), however it is important that you measure the door space correctly beforehand, so you can work out how much will need to be removed. Cutting too much of the track off means the door will not fit and you will have to start over from scratch with a new track. The only sliding door product we sell which cannot be cut is the ‘iMpero Slide’ linked here: .

What Tools Will I Need to Install a Sliding Door?

To fit a sliding door, there are a few tools and other pieces of equipment which you will need. First, having a pencil and a tape measure is useful, this way you can easily measure and mark out the tracks, for them to be cut down to the correct length, to cut the track you should use a hacksaw. Other tools you will require include a drill, a screwdriver, a spirit level, to ensure that the door will be straight when fitted, and Allen keys of varying sizes.

Do I Need a Special Type of Door to Fit a Sliding Door?

As long as your door has a timber head rail, there are no special requirements when it comes to the type of door you want to use, other than there being a weight limit; it is important that you know how much your chosen door weighs and purchase the correct kit for its weight.

How Much Skill do I Need to Fit a Sliding Door?

In order to be able to fit a sliding door, you will need some DIY experience and the appropriate materials. Fitting a sliding door is not recommended for a first time DIYer, however with a good level of experience, fitting a sliding door should be relatively easy.

How Does a Floor Guide Work?

Floor guides are designed to keep a sliding door fixed in place, as well as to keep the bottom of the door stable. Floor guides are just a guide and not a rail, so they do not have to be as long as the door is, this makes them less visible when fitting sliding doors.

Here is our YouTube video on what floor guides are and how they work:

If I Lose or Damage a Part, Can I Buy a Spare?

Generally speaking, we do sell most of the components separately, so if you were to lose a part or damage a part you should be able to buy a single replacement. The most common thing to lose is the floor guide, because of its small size, and we do sell these separately, should you have this problem. Here’s a link to a single floor guide which can be purchased as an extra:

If there are any other questions that you may have regarding the fitting of sliding doors, or any other door related questions do not hesitate to contact us! We are available at or feel free to leave a comment below.

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Doorstuff’s Eco-Friendly Packaging!

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At Doorstuff, we are committed to reducing any negative impact on the environment that we can and we’re always on the look-out for further ways to improve our eco-friendly status. One way we do this is by using renewable energy from our solar panels to help power the office and warehouse. However, one of our other primary ways of being environmentally conscious is in our shipping packaging with which we stick to the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Repair mantra.

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COVID-19 Update

Our deputy head of security (Tintin the Parsons Russel Terrier) looking over some of our dispatches

While you might be staying at home and thinking about getting on with DIY you have been putting off or busy working in facility management in vital front line service, we at Doorstuff are looking after our employees, our partners, and the community around us, and we pride ourselves on doing business in a safe and sustainable way.

Since the very early days of the outbreak, we have taken proactive steps in line with all recommendations from Public Health England to protect our staff in every way possible.

We wanted to give you a further update on the steps we are taking to deal with the current situation, and reassure all our customers and business partners that we are doing everything we can to protect our employees, support you during this difficult period, and to help reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

We know many of our customers have temporarily closed or restricted trading currently, but for those of you that are still carrying out vital repair and maintenance work or critical indirect and direct supply into the health services, we are reducing our operation to a skeleton staff only so we can continue to support you for as long as possible.

From 27th March, we have taken the following steps:

• We have reduced our warehouse staff down to skeletal manning levels and changed our shift times to ensure everyone can keep a safe distance while fulfilling customer orders.

• Our office teams are currently working from home to support the small number of customers still operating.

You can continue to contact us in the following ways:

• Our Sales and Technical staff are available on 01626 335500 and 0207 099 2822 Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5pm for all orders and inquiries.

• Our websites remain operational for information and orders 24/7 – and

• We will continue to prioritise orders for those customers who have identified themselves as critical to supporting services directly in the frontline, which may impact on our guaranteed service offer to other customers. We will advise you if there is a delay to your order.

We will, of course, keep you updated as the situation progresses, but for now please be assured that we are here to support you and your business through this difficult period.

If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to get in touch using the numbers above, via email, or on Facebook.

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COVID-19 Update

In accordance with the new government restrictions concerning the spread of COVID-19, Doorstuff will be closing our Teignmouth showroom from today (24th March). You can still place orders online or via the telephone for delivery or collection.

For collections, please ring us when you have arrived at the showroom so we can place your item outside for you to collect. Please respect our employees by maintaining a 2m separation when collecting your items.

Follow us on Facebook where we’ll be posting daily updates on dispatches and opening hours.

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COVID-19 Important Information

During this difficult and rapidly changing period, Doorstuff is taking all possible measures to ensure that our products and services will remain available.

As a country, indeed a global community, we are facing a crisis and as a family business who consider our staff, customers, and suppliers to be part of our extended family, we recognise the importance of supporting one another – together we will get through this.

Here are some of the measures we have taken to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

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Sliding Door preparation

Doorstuff recently supplied a Perlan 140 timber sliding door system to Oli and Anna Greene in Cambridge. They very kindly emailed us pictures of their project and a brief explanation of what they had done to renovate their dining room. We have prepared a case study to assist others planning similar projects, fitting sliding doors, and re-purposing and recycling hinged timber doors.

Sliding door Step 1: Renovation preparation for sliding door
Step 1: Prepare the wall opening for the sliding door

The first step in this renovation was the demolition of a section of wall where the new double doors were going to be. This is not always necessary especially for single sliding doors, but in this case the opening needed to be larger. In Fig. Step 1 you can see acrow props (steel posts) have been used to support part of the ceiling as the wall was load-bearing and so needed additional support after the removal of the wall. If you have a non-load bearing studwork wall in place the project to create a new opening will be easier all round.

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Le Mans 2019: Day 1

Men at campsite preparing to build a replica spitfire

The group arrived at Le Mans Circuit de la Sarthe at midday on Sunday and were lucky to set up camp in good weather. Progress with the Spitfire was underway and the men were able to get the stand and timber supports in the way as well as adding the propeller and the mesh of the fuselage.

Wooden internal frame of a replica Spitfire model

It’s forecast to rain in Le Mans tomorrow but hopefully the weather will allow for some more progress to be made in the coming days.

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