Three things worth bearing in mind if you are looking for a pocket door solution

When you are choosing a pocket door solution remember that not all pocket doors are the same. You want to make sure that it will be easy to install, has a professional finish and will last.

Tip One: Look at the information contained in the manufacturer’s brochures and on their website. Does it clearly show how the system fits together and how it is installed?

Have a look at the installation instructions. Does assembly involve cutting pocket verticals or horizontals to make the system fit the door panel size? Does installation involve installing separate components into the studwork? Or is the system assembled as a complete unit and then installed into the studwork as a whole?

Installing a complete unit into the studwork rather than installing components parts separately is beneficial for two reasons. The first is that it saves time and the second is that you avoid alignment issues.

Have a look for design features that help with alignment. Does the system have a self-centering floor guide that fixes to the frame, and so aligns automatically with, the pocket? Floor guides for the door that simply screw into the floor have to be carefully aligned with the pocket. This can take time to do, and an incorrectly aligned floor guide can result in an inferior sliding action.

Tip Two: Have a look at the list of parts. Does it include a jamb kit? What about a metal anti-warp profile for the underside of your door? Are the verticals and/or horizontals that make up the pocket simply wood wrapped in steel or proper galvanised steel sections specially formed for strength?

The jamb kit is a timber lining kit that attaches to the pocket door framework that covers the edges of the door when it is closed, so you cannot see the top of the door or into the pocket. It gives the pocket door installation a professional finish. Check if this is included in the price.

An anti-warp profile fits into a routed channel on the underside of the door and slides on a spigot on the floor guide. If your door does warp a metal anti-warp profile won’t and the pocket door will continue to slide smoothly.

The pocket of the pocket door system is important because this is what replaces the studwork in your wall. It is important that it is strong. A product with a galvanised steel pocket, with formed profiles for extra strength and bracing horizontal sections will provide you with the peace of mind that the pocket will not warp over time, something that can happen with a pocket make up from wooden sections.

Tip Three: Consider the quality and durability of the system. After all, you are installing it in the wall, and you want it to last.

Has the system been independently tested for strength? Has the durability of the runners been independently tested? What length of guarantee is offered?

Additional peace of mind will come from knowing that the system has been guaranteed for a significant period of time, and that the product has undergone some basic tests.
Here are some examples of test to look out for:

  • Durability of the runners: European test UNI EN 1527 involves runners undergoing a test of 100,000 opening and closing cycles, which is equal to around 25 years of normal use. After the test is complete the runners should show no significant traces of wear or damage.
  • Dynamic impact test: European test UNI EN 629:2000 involves subjecting a pocket door frame to an impact test of a 30Kg bag crashing into it from different heights.

So when comparing an Eclisse Pocket Door System to other solutions on the market. Be sure to bear in mind that the Eclisse system:

  • Is easy to assemble and has a frame that does not need cutting to size. With ECLISSE, you simply pick the kit that fits your door panel size and it will fit first time without any alterations.
  • Has a track and pocket that assembles together to create a single unit for insertion into the studwork.
  • Has features such as a self-centering floor guide that fixes to, and so aligns automatically with, the pocket.
  • Comes with a specially designed jamb kit for a professional finish.
  • Comes with a metal anti-warp profile. If the door does warp the profile won’t.
  • Has a galvanised steel pocket. The vertical uprights and horizontal bars are made from galvanised steel formed into robust cross-sections, not wood wrapped in steel.
  • The Eclisse system has a market-leading 15-year guarantee.
  • The Eclisse runners successfully passed European test UNI EN 1527 of 100,000 opening and closing cycles without showing traces of significant wear or damage.
  • The Eclisse system successfully passed the European dynamic impact test UNI EN 629:2000.

Why risk putting anything else in your wall?