DIY pocket door

How to Design and Build a Pocket Door on a Budget

Looking for a way to add a custom pocket door to your home? Read on for our step by step guide.

"I'm going to make everything around me beautiful - that will be my life." - Elsie de Wolfe

We wanted to add a pocket door to our home; we recently added an extension, where we added the bedrooms. We wanted to design a door to create some privacy so we could close the bedrooms off if we wanted to entertain.

We knew a 3m high custom door was way out of the budget so we decided to build it ourselves.


  • Hoop Pine Flooring – or other wood – We had materials left over¬†
  • liquid Nails
  • VJ panel
  • Framing Timber
  • Door track

The Door

We built the door using left over hoop pine flooring and VJ panes. Derek constructed a frame using ripped down hoop pine flooring and nailed it together.


  • We laid a VJ panel on the floor with the VJ’s facing down.
  • We attached the frame to the VJ panel using liquid nails.
  • We applied liquid nails to the top of the frame and placed another full VJ panel onto the frame VJ side up.
  • We then nailed the board to the frame, flipped it over and nailed the otherside.
  • The nail holes were filled with wood fill.

We framed in the opening, taking it as wide and high as we could and framed in one side of the pocket door.

The hardware was installed and we hung the door.

We framed in the remaining side sheeted and painted.

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