Monthly Archives: April 2013

  • Pocket Sliding Doors

    Pocket Sliding Doors have been popular in the USA for many years owing to their method of interior “drywall” construction, and it is no wonder that due to the space saved by this system, it is becoming more popular by the day here in the UK.

    A Pocket Sliding Door when fully opened is completely hidden in a gap in the wall known as the ‘pocket’.

    The sliding door gear for these systems are specially manufactured so that it includes all the framework necessary to create the pocket in the wall and also many systems include the conduit for the electric cabling for light switches.

    The most popular locations for pocket sliding door systems are to bathrooms where hinged doors often hit lavatory basins and other sanitary ware and for pairs of doors between receptions rooms or dining room and kitchen.

    There are special bathroom privacy locking sets for pocket doors which include a hookbolt lock, a recessed locking knob on the inside, a recessed release mechanism on the outside and a finger pull for the edge of the door in order to easily pull it out of the pocket.

    On non lockable systems in living/dining/kitchen locations, a retractable handle is usually fitted on the edge to pull the door(s) out of the pocket and there are special locks and recessed handles for when more security is required.

    These doors can be timber and there are systems for frameless tempered glass doors. Telescopic systems are also available where the space to be filled is wide but the pocket can only be on one side of the room.

    To view our range of pocket door accessories and hardware click here.


    The above illustration shows the amount of space saved by the Pocket Sliding Doors versus a pair of hinged doors.

  • Dressing up a front door

    The outside of a house generally reflects what lies within, and a well presented front door is a big part of this.

    Traditionally, an entrance door has a letter plate, a centre door knob, a knocker and numerals, as well as an insurance approved locking system. In urban areas, many houses now have door bells or entry phone systems, but the smart doors still retain the knocker even though as a visitor annunciator it has become redundant.

    More contemporary doors may have a full length pull handle instead of the knob, and one of the new highly secure multipoint locking systems. As many houses are protected from the street by an electronically operated entry phone system the appearance of smart Mail Boxes are often seen on the outside wall or gate.

    The simplest way to improve your door is with a fresh coat of paint, and replacing the hardware like for like, or with similar products that require little remedial work. Many doors that once had Polished Brass accessories are now sporting Polished Chrome, Satin Chrome or even Stainless Steel.

    If a door has really nice hardware that has just become tired it is usually easy to simply refurbish the items or even re-finish them with one of the more modern finishes.

    If you are considering changing the colour of your door then it may be a good time to consider the colour of the ironmongery.  On front doors, contrasting colours often look best, with Polished Chrome complementing gloss black doors for example, or Polished Brass on red doors.

    A common misconception is that the external hardware should be the same finish as the internal fittings. This is untrue and many homes have a different finish inside than out.  This holds especially true if you live in an area where front doors must conform to the rest of the street sometimes in both paint colour and hardware finish and style. Also attention has to be paid to the quality of the fittings if you are near the sea or other corrosive environments.

    An important thing to note when you are painting your front door is that all hardware should be removed before painting.  When the ironmongery has just been covered with masking tape it never looks a proper professional job.

    If you need any advice on renovating your front door please get in touch or check out the front door ironmongery section on our website.

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