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Transforming a hinged door to a fabulous pocket door can immediately give homeowners the extra space they need. This assignment will work if there is ample space on both sides of the door opening to make room for the new one. Aside from that, removal of the drywall should be done so the wall framing can be modified. This is a do-it-yourself project that may take several hours to accomplish, but totally worth it when the great results are finally seen.

Materials for this project:

  • Pocket door hardware kit
  • Tape measure
  • Screw driver
  • Hammer
  • Drywall (saw, screw, tape)
  • Pry bar
  • Level
  • Utility Knife
  • Nails
  • Reciprocating saw



  1. Using the screw driver and hammer, carefully take down the regular hinged door. Remove all the old hardware from the door as well as the door jamb, this includes the door knobs and hinges. If it refuses to budge, lightly tap it out with the hammer.
  2. Next, get the pry bar and remove the jamb and door casing. This should be done delicately because in some cases, the casing material and jamb can be used again. This will save homeowners more money because they are recycling the old parts.
  3. Make use of the tape measure and get the exact measurement of the door that will be installed as the pocket door. Then, cut the drywall on each side of the door opening to accommodate the new door. The measurement should be based upon the size that was obtained from the pocket door. Cut the wall until the next wall stud is reached. Also, expose the header by cutting the drywall above it.
  4. Remove the door header by pulling the old nails or unscrewing it. Cut the studs using the reciprocating saw, and then take down the bottom part out of the wall. Sometimes the nails or screws that hold them together are not completely accessible. If this is the case, cut through the bottom of each plate and stud.
  5. Place a new stud that is equals the width of the pocket door. It should be securely nailed or screwed to the bottom as well as the top plates located on the wall. To make sure the header will be supported completely when it is placed, attach a king stud.
  6. Afterwards, get a new header. The size should complement the king stud that was placed earlier. Nail it securely on the stud. Then, attach the track that comes from the pocket door hardware kit to the side of the header.
  7. To be able to reuse the old door, fill the knob hole with auto body filler. Just sand it afterwards so it will look flat and presentable. Then put the hangers and place the door carefully while making sure that it glides properly.
  8. Attach the new drywall and do not forget to put a drywall tape to make it stronger. Secure the jamb, casing, and latches which are all included in the pocket door hardware kit. Decorate the door according to the theme of the house.