Determining what size to make rough openings for single pocket door framing is a simple process. Almost all hardware manufacturers state in their instructions,
width of the rough opening is two times that of the door plus one inch
and the height is seven feet one inch. Bear in mind that converging and
by-pass doors are different and the hardware supplier should be
consulted for proper framing sizes.
Single Pocket Door Framing Sizes
R. O. Width
R. O. Height
The rough opening may seem very large, but bear in mind that you are
actually framing the door opening to accommodate the door while it is
open and closed. The height is taller than a normal interior door to
hide the pocket door track that is supplied with the hardware kit.
Due to the large size of these openings, I recommend that you install as wide of a header as possible in a load bearing situation. In a non load bearing situation, I usually use a two by four header built and installed like a normal load bearing 2 x 12 header.
Install Door Hardware Kit
The job of installing the door hardware kit usually falls to the rough framing carpenter. The better job
you do of installing the kit the easier it will be on the trim
carpenter. These kits are usually a universal frame kit and require
cutting down the door header and track to the proper length. Refer to the instructions supplied with the door hardware kit to determine the proper length.
Insure that the rough opening is plumb and the header level, if not the door will be a thorn in someone's side forever. Here is a link to directions on installing pocket doors that are typical of most.
A Brief History
First designed more than a century ago to save space. they became
popular in Victorian style homes. Primarily used as entrances to fancy
dining rooms, libraries, sitting, rooms, or as simple room dividers.
They began to fall out of favor when people grew tired of them falling
off the track, getting stuck inside the wall, grinding, and squeaking
caused by the inferior hardware. Sometimes referred to as "trailer house
doors" they were all but forgotten by architects.
The Modern Pocket Sliding Door
developments in design and hardware have resulted in doors that operate
smoothly, quietly, and have rollers designed to last a lifetime.
Couple this with their space saving features and they are increasing in
popularity once again.
People confined to a wheelchair or using a walker find a sliding door much easier to navigate than a normal hinged door.
the current trend towards smaller more energy efficient homes a pocket
sliding door can be incorporated into the home to help free up space
that would be impossible with a normal door. Such space can be utilized
for a computer desk, bookshelf, entertainment center, etc.