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INTERIORS Pocketing space efficiencies


Stephanie Lee of P C Henderson takes a look at how increasingly space-constrained builds are driving the trend in pocket doors, and discusses their key benefits and what to look for when specifying such systems


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s the number of first time buyers hits the highest levels in over a decade – combined with a major decrease in the size of the average new build home – it’s no wonder specifiers are looking for inventive and innovative ways to save space in the home. A recent report by LABC Warranty shows that living rooms of new builds in Britain are 32 per cent smaller than they were in the 1970s. To coincide with this, a report from UK Finance shows that the number of first time buyers is at its highest point in over a decade – a total of over 365,000 individuals bought their first home in 2017, the highest it’s been since 2006.


These recent statistics help to explain the


ever-growing trend in pocket door systems as buyers look to find ways to save space in the home.


Space saving


A traditional swing door can use up to 10 or more feet of valuable floor space. A pocket door system can free up this space by allowing doors to glide along a track and disappear into a cavity wall, out of the way.


Single pocket doors used in smaller rooms hold the most space saving benefits. Spaces such as ensuites, bathrooms, storage areas, walk-in wardrobes, utility rooms and pantries – can all reap benefits from a sliding pocket door. Swing doors can often be inconvenient in spaces such as this, causing difficulties when attempting to open a door inwards.


Swing doors can also be inconvenient in areas where they open onto a narrow corridor or hallway, often causing an obstruction. Pocket doors can solve this by sliding away into the cavity – leaving the corridor completely clear.


Flexible living


Double pocket doors are also a great way to add a little grandeur and ‘wow factor’ to a room, or to help divide off rooms in an


open plan design when used between a kitchen and living room. Previously, pocket doors were often used in this way – remaining open during the day and for the serving of meals, then being closed for privacy on an evening for dinner parties. Ease of access is another notable benefit of pocket doors – an individual living with mobility issues may find a swing door difficult to manoeuvre through, particularly when using a wheelchair. Pocket doors create a completely clear opening allowing for easy movement from room to room.


Aesthetics


Pocket doors are a great way to add some architectural charm to a room, particularly when combined with the correct type of door. Hardware can be combined with wooden or glass panelled doors enabling specifiers to create a traditional or contemporary appearance, depending on the decor.


Choosing the right hardware There are a number of factors which must be taken into consideration when specifying a pocket door. It’s important to choose a kit which effectively


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These recent statistics could explain the ever- growing trend in pocket door systems as buyers look to find ways to save space in the home


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