Outside of the USA, most people have never heard of the term “pocket door”. Can you explain what this is?

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A pocket door is a door that slides into the wall as opposed to opening in or out as a regular door would.

A good comparison would be the sliding doors as most mega-marts or large stores that slide open when you walk towards them or if you're a fan of "Star Trek: The Next Generation". The doors throughout the ship are "pocket doors" (except our pocket doors don't make the neat hissing sound when the open).

  • So tempted to post a question about install custom pneumatic pocket doors in my building... Jan 10, 2012 at 16:43
  • @JeffFerland well with a motion sensor, a vacuum pump and a piston it shouldn't be too hard... Jan 10, 2012 at 17:31
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    If the track places the door outside the wall instead of inside (as most of the sliding store doors seem to be with their "glass walls"), then it's a "barn door" (not to be confused with "barn door" as used in stage and studio lighting equipment).
    – Skaperen
    Jan 10, 2012 at 22:28

A picture being worth 1000 words,

This is a pocket door:

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