Doors That Slide Into the Wall

Doors provide an important functional purpose in your home, but they are also decorative style elements that represent your aesthetic. Though hinged doors are a common option, doors that slide into walls are unexpected options for your home's interior. Not only are disappearing doors a striking addition to your home, but they are also space-saving inclusions that don't take up floor space.

Pocket Doors

Pocket doors are the most common style of wall-storing doors. Pocket doors are sliding wooden doors that disappear into a hollow space in the adjacent wall when the doors are open. Depending on the needs of your space, you may opt for a single pocket door that slides in one direction or a series of two pocket doors that slide in opposite directions. Pocket doors are useful options between rooms sometimes used for a larger living space; consider a pocket door between a formal dining room and a living room so that the door can be opened during entertaining or closed during sit-down dinners.

Sliding Screens

Traditional sliding screens are staples of Japanese architecture. The sliding screens are often made of a wooden frame and a layer of screen-printed silk or other fabric. The sliding screens often slide against the length of the wall, but sliding screens are easily modified into pocket-style doors that disappear into the wall when the door is opened. Sliding screens are more delicate and decorative options for interior sliding doors; when the doors are closed, they look more like wall art than a traditional door or wall. Most screens allow some light to pass through the wall, so they are better options if you don't require soundproofing or light blocking.


Doors that slide into walls are space-saving options because the doors don't swing into a living space, but they do require additional planning to ensure they can be properly installed. The wall space must be both thick enough and long enough to accommodate the size of the door. Not all walls are suitable for pocket doors; load-bearing walls are often not appropriate because hollowing the core of the door reduces the structural integrity. Walls must be clear of wiring and plumbing as well.

About the Author

Hannah Wahlig began writing and editing professionally in 2001. Her experience includes copy for newspapers, journals and magazines, as well as book editing. She is also a certified lactation counselor. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Mount Holyoke College, and Master's degrees in education and community psychology from the University of Massachusetts.