Pocket Door Installation: Is It Cheaper To DIY Or Call In The Pros?

Pocket doors have become popular among homeowners due to their space-saving capabilities. After all, why play Tetris with your existing layout when you can install a door that slides into the neighboring wall instead of swinging in or out? But while pocket doors can create more privacy in your home and save space in tight places, they do come with a few downsides, including high installation costs. So if you have your heart set on this sort of door, you need to weigh your options and determine if it's cheaper to DIY or call in the pros.

On the one hand, DIY is a valid option if you're well-versed in this sort of construction work and can confidently use the required power tools. You must also be willing to put in the necessary time and effort. Even though going this route will save you money on professional fees, you'll need to hollow out your existing wall to conceal the door when it's open or build a new wall from scratch if the existing wall cavity isn't sufficient.

On the other hand, installing pocket doors in a new home is easier than knocking down existing walls and retrofitting them. After all, you don't have to worry about the wall being load-bearing or reconfiguring the electrical wires, HVAC, or plumbing. Since these situations can get complicated quickly, they might require an expert's intervention. Only make your decision after considering your DIY skills and the pros and cons of both approaches.

How much does it cost to have someone install a pocket door?

Angi expects you'll have to shell out at least $350 to $600 for professional pocket door installion. However, there are some caveats. One, this cost estimate is for around six hours of work. If the installation ends up involving more time and energy, be prepared to pay more. Two, the labor costs will increase if the wall you want to knock down is load-bearing. Three, you'll have to pay extra if you run into electrical and plumbing issues. HomeGuide seconds these caveats and estimates that hiring a pro to install pocket doors in a new home will cost you between $100 and $500 since the walls are open. But to retrofit a pocket door you'll have to spend $1,000 to $2,500 on labor charges alone.

Although you're free to carve a hole in the wall and DIY a pocket door yourself, it can be potentially dangerous if you don't have prior experience. Remember: Demolishing a load-bearing wall might impact the structural integrity of your house. Hiring a reputable pro will ensure the load is evenly distributed with optimal support above the frame. They can also help you choose the best places in your home for a pocket door. Similarly, an expert will make certain the door tracks are leveled so they open and close without issues. You also need experts to reroute plumbing and electrical in case you're not qualified.