How to Install a Pocket Door Lock

What You'll Need
Tape measure

If you are looking for a new door design in the market, a pocket door is one if the wisest options, and using a pocket door lock, will make it safer. Pocket doors slide into the wall and can be used in small rooms where you want to save as much of the limited space as possible. It also gives you the freedom to exhaust the space in a room.

With the right steps you can have your new pocket door complete and functioning in no time, especially if you are looking to save some money by doing it yourself. These are easy steps that you can do on your own without any help.

Step 1 – Take Measurements

Take the measurements of the distance from the bottom of the door to the middle. You can also measure the other doors in the house and use those measurements if they are of the same size. Place the template onto the desired point, and mark that point. Use a marker or pencil to mark areas where you will cut.

Step 2 – Cutting

Take your jigsaw and cut an indentation on the door using the marks acquired from the measurement. This indentation should be rectangular in shape.

Step 3 – Install the Pocket Door Lock

Insert the pocket door lock into the indentation. The pocket door lock package should include screws. Use these screws to affix the lock onto the door. Depending on the type of pocket door lock, there will be instructions to guide you. Generally, you just need to screw them onto the door.

Step 4 – Mark and Attach Side and Head Jambs

Every single pocket door lock is unique and comes with its own instructions on installation. Use these instructions when installing the jambs since they are different in each lock.

They are first joined to the header and adjusted upwards. Finally, to secure them onto the floor, you will need to use screws. When you have done all this, you can then install a door bumper at the back of the pocket door.

Step 5 – Prepare the Latch Mortise

Using a chisel, cut off the area where you will attach the latch. Make sure that you use a sharp chisel to avoid a ragged cut.

Step 6 – Install the Latch Plate

Insert the latch and join it to the door jamb using screws and a drill/screw driver. Adjust the lock to your satisfaction. If the pocket door lock works smoothly, then you have successfully installed a pocket door lock.

Extra Tips

  • Carpentry requires skill, so take your time to carefully go through these steps and read the instruction manual that comes with the pocket door lock. If you feel that the task is too complicated, seek advice from a professional.
  • Wear protective clothing like hand gloves to avoid injury from wood splinters. If you can find goggles, it is advisable that you wear them to protect your eyes from tiny wood splinters.
  • Be careful with the tools, especially the knife.