How to Repair a Pocket Door

Pocket doors are great space-savers. They slide out when you need them and conveniently tuck away when you don’t need them. While pocket doors work flawlessly most of the time, sometimes they come off track, get stuck, or become misaligned.

Some pocket door problems can be fixed without removing trim or drywall. Most issues require the removal of trim—but it’s usually only select areas of trim. Plus, there are ways to remove and replace the same trim without damaging it or the surrounding walls.

How a Pocket Door Works

When you open a pocket door, it looks as though the door disappears into the wall. What appears to be a wall is actually a continuation of the pocket door system. The area where the door disappears is a box made either of metal or wood that accepts the door; this is the pocket door’s pocket.

A metal track runs along the top of the door opening, from the open section all the way into the pocket. So if the pocket door is 30 inches wide, the track is actually about 60 inches long.

The pocket door hangs from rollers that ride on this metal track. Some adjustments can be made to these rollers and to the metal track to help the pocket door slide smoother.