Originally Posted by tuchodi
I am remodeling a couple of rooms and I need a 26" pocket door. No one makes on that I can find so I am wondering can I take a 28" door and cut an inch off each side to make a 26" door? I know it can be done but is there enough material left so the door will still be strong enough.
Pocket doors come with a built tuck-frame that the door slides in and out of, the overhead rack that the door hangs from, the door itself, and a wood doorstop that goes at the far end (where the door closes and meets the frame). Most pocket doors are solid panels - not hollow.
When you modify a pocket door and downsize it you cut the overhead rack down to the length needed and you measure how much you need to remove overall from the door panel - and divide that in two (just like you did) - so you remove some from both sides of the door. This will keep your door design centered when it hangs in the closed possition.
Round the edges with a sander to get it to look factory. . . center the hangars accordingly and install according to directions.
It's quite basic - as long as you don't have to cut off way too much a door that's a few inches larger will work fine.