How to Install a Flush Door Pull

Pocket doors in a bright room.
  • 1-3 hours
  • Beginner
  • 15-100
What You'll Need
Small width wood chisel
Rubber mallet or a hammer and wood block
Drill (optional depending on the instructions in the pull purchased)
Door pull kit (including template and screws)

Flush door pulls are often placed on pocket doors. They are mounted level with the surface of the door so that they clear the door frame when opening or closing the door. There are two different styles of pulls. You can choose a finger pull which is a simple shape inset into the door so you can pull the door open with your finger. The other type includes a ring that comes out of the recessed pull to help in sliding the door.

There are several options in shapes and finishes as well. You can pick a round or oval pull with or without a ring. Another shape available is a rectangle with curved or square corners and a curved inset. The finishes offered vary by manufacturer. Some of the options are brass (antiqued or polished), nickel, bronze, stainless steel, or flat black. For a professional look match your pull to any other hardware on the door and the other hardware finishes in your home.

Step 1 - Position the Pull

Mark the location for the door pull. The normal height for hardware on an 8 foot door is 36 inches from the bottom side up. This assumes you have a solid core pocket door. If you have a hollow core door then you will need to locate the wood block in the door and install the pull in that block.

Step 2 - Trace the Template

Mark the door for cutting. Place the template that comes with the door pull over the desired position on the door. Then trace the template outline onto the door.

Step 3 - Remove the Wood

Use the chisel to remove the wood out of the door inside the markings that you made. Be aware of the depth as you chisel. Depending on the pull purchased there may be instructions for using a drill instead of a chisel.

Step 4 - Do a Test Fit

Place the door pull over the area that you have chiseled for a test fit to see if it is the correct depth and shape.

Step 5 - Refine the Cut

If it doesn’t fit properly then chisel the area some more but do it a small amount at a time and periodically do another test fit.

Step 6 - Insert the Pull

Tap the pull into the door using the rubber mallet. You can also use a hammer with a wood block to avoid marring the surface of the pull. Be sure to line up the screw holes so they are at the top and the bottom. This should hold the pull in place securely while you secure the retaining screws.

Step 7 - Secure with Screws

Install the small retaining screws and tighten them with a screwdriver. These are normally at the top and bottom horizontal edges of the pull.

Step 8 - Test the Pull

Test the pull by opening and closing the door several times. Do this slowly and carefully until you are sure there are no problems clearing the doorframe.