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christie5683 06-08-2012 09:46 AM

Pocket door lock
I have a pocket door for the toilet which is separate from the bedroom. How do I lock the pocket door going into bedroom where guests can't go snooping into the bedroom?
I have searched online with no luck

christie5683 06-08-2012 09:51 AM

pocket door lock
I want to lock it from the bedroom side so no one can come thru to the bedroom :yes:

goosebarry 06-08-2012 05:05 PM

I searched on pocket door lock and got plenty of results.

There are basically three types of locks for pocket doors:

1) Hook latches where you turn a knob to lower a hook latch into a slot. Simple concept, but usually requires more work to install. My parents have this type.

2) Spreading type that looks a lot like a regular door latch that has nylon bushing that automatically engage when the door is closed. These usually require less drilling and cutting of the door. Here is a good one from Johnson Hardware, probably the best source for pocket door related stuff.

3) Blocking latches mount to the wall or door and block the door from being pushed back into its pocket. Typically, they entail the smallest amount of alteration to the door. I'll get you a link to good one.

We have similar situation with a common bath with bedroom. We have converging pocket doors so went with a combination spreading latch and blocking latch. I wanted to put a little pressure sensitive alarm behind the blocking latch to embarras people trying to open the door, but the wife wouldn't go for it.

You may also want one that has a key lock on one side and safety switch on the other. Install with the lock on the bathroom side.

I grew up with pocket doors and love to put them in where ever possible. I even built a right angle converging pocket door. In the bathroom we went with the converging pocket doors because we had a pair of solid maple louvered doors we wanted to use.

The other thing is you probably want to do is seal the gaps around the pocket. First check to make sure when the door is closed there is not a gap at the pocket end of the door that people can see around. A closed door should still stick about 1/2 " into the pocket. Also, usually the pocket is 1/4 wider on each side of the door. I have been experimenting with ways to fill this gap and still allow the door to move freely. Currently, I'm using 3M door insulation felt on the bedroom side. It does rub the finish off the door over time.

goosebarry 06-08-2012 05:07 PM

Forgot to mention. When selecting a pocket door lock, just like regular doors makes sure you get one for the correct door thickness.

Wildie 06-08-2012 09:42 PM

Buy a rubber, tapered door stop! One that is made to wedge under a door to keep it open.
On the bedroom side, with the door closed, wedge it verticaly between the door and the pocket frame.

goosebarry 06-09-2012 04:50 AM

The mechanism for blocking the door when closed is called a pocket door jam bolt.

christie5683 06-09-2012 06:39 AM

Thanks guys! I didn't find all this info when I searched

christie5683 09-10-2012 07:23 AM

pocket door

Originally Posted by goosebarry (Post 939296)
Forgot to mention. When selecting a pocket door lock, just like regular doors makes sure you get one for the correct door thickness.

My door itself is 1 1/2 inches thick (and hollow). The opening is 2 inches wide.
I think the hook latch is the type I'm searching for. You mentioned it was more work to install; how much more work? Do you think it comes with directions to change it from a latch to a bolt?
Thanks so much for the help!!!

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