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Pocket Doors

What is a pocket door?

'Sliding door systems', 'Flush door systems' and 'Disappearing door systems' are all terms used for what we now most commonly refer to as 'Pocket door systems'.

Eclisse Pocket door systems are available in many different sizes to accommodate the most common Imperial and metric door sizes. In the UK the most common size door is still 2'6" x 6'6". Eclisse pocket door system are available as standard to accommodate doors from 2'0" - 3'0" wide and all with std. height of 6'6".

There is an equally comprehensive range of pocket door systems to cater for metric door sizes starting from 626mm -1026mm with std. height of 2040mm.

So where would I use a Pocket door system?

Double pocket doors are an ideal solution for homes both old and new. Historically large period properties would have ‘disappearing doors’ thus allowing larger spaces to be opened up for entertaining and yet closing back down when there were less occupants and it made more sense to heat a smaller space. Today the methods for heating homes has changed and products such as under floor heating and the innovative ‘Thermaskirt’ have meant that open plan living is far more popular. Open plan kitchen, dining and living spaces often suit a modern family lifestyle and yet by installing a pocket door system it will enable the kitchen to be closed off or the living space to be separated when desired. Eclisse offer a range of Glass door systems which lend themselves to a ‘modern look’ and offer a light and airy feel to a space.

Single pocket door systems are often used downstairs in utility rooms or cloakrooms, where space is limited and the inclusion of doors becomes awkward. Upstairs the pocket door has revolutionised the way that en-suite bathrooms and shower rooms are designed. No one wants a door opening into the bathroom or the bedroom and the internal sliding door works well. If the en-suite has no windows then a frosted, satin or patterned glass door can be used. If the en-suite has been created within an existing bedroom and is now incorporating one of the original bedroom windows then the glass door can allow light back into the bedroom.

Should I have my pocket door mechanism with or without an architrave?

The pocket door systems are available either as standard system which can be used with an architrave or the Syntesis sometimes called Synthesis and these require no architrave. The Syntesis pocket door system allows the frame to act as a skimming bead so that a plasterer can create a true 'hole in the wall' look.

Can we use a pocket door system with a fire door?

There are some situations where a fire door is required and the Eclisse Single Fire pocket door system is designed for use with FD30 fire doors. The system was tested to BS EN 1634-1:2008 for fire resistance at Cambridge Fire Research which is an independent UKAS accredited laboratory.

Pocket doors for wheelchair access and hoist installations.

There are many benefits to using sliding pocket doors when designing new or refurbished accommodation for the disabled. There are the usual benefits of space saving and creating a more useable space but the added advantage of ease of operation. For wheel chair access door sizes are often increased from a standard 2’6” wide door to a 3’0” door and with a conventional door this creates a large area which should be kept clear of furniture and obstructions. The awkward backwards and forwards movement which is necessary for passing through a hinged doorway with a wheelchair is made into a simple movement with a sliding pocket door.

If a hoist is required for manoeuvring round the accommodation that is being prepared then we have also product that can be used allowing the hoist running track to pass through the middle of the sliding system.

Where can I see a pocket door on display?

There are several working displays at Cheshire Design Centre. There are single pocket door systems and double pocket door systems both showing standard systems with architraves and also the Syntesis system where a simple clean look is achieved. We have some sliding pocket door systems 'cut away' to show the installation. There are also examples of solid doors and glass doors and soft close mechanisms and 'anti-slam' mechanisms.

About Eclisse

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Before 1990 sliding doors were known about but had a very bad reputation. We often talk to people who remember them from their childhood either their grandparents home or their friends or own family home. With memories of them coming off the tracks or the bearings being so poor that they did not slide with a smooth action. Noisy and wobbly and often a dirt trap either in the channel in the floor or on the pelmet up above. Much of the product on the market at the time was difficult to install and the quality of the finished job was left up to the skill of the installer. It was in 1989 that a company called Eclisse was created with a mission to change all of that and produce a product that worked!

The success that Eclisse achieved was immediate and has continued to grow. The idea was simple, to create a strong, easy to fit solution that was consistent in its quality and that would last. Innovative thinking would free us of all the old problems associated with the product.

The Eclisse system appeals to architects, interior designers, house builders, self builds and refurbishment projects to name but a few. As the way we heat our homes changes so does the way we divide the space up. As time has moved on so has the functionality of the home and the desire for more facilities. In 1800s there were homes built with no bathrooms and indoor WCs but those same homes now have all the modern facilities that we would expect to see in a new build. A small 2-3 bedroom home will have 1-2 bathrooms and a downstairs cloakroom.

About Cheshire Design Centre

In about 2004 I took over an old warehouse unit in Congleton Cheshire and with a background in bath manufacture and a degree in design I started to trade in bathroom equipment. I needed a door for my office and decided it would be better to have a sliding door mounted on the inside wall so I looked on the internet and found an image of what was later to become the Vetroglide. At that time Eclisse were showing the product that looked just right. A phone call to the company resulted in a meeting with the owner of Eclisse UK and he showed me the pocket door system. It was fairly new to the market and it was new to me. In those early years the expression ‘pocket door’ was little used and they were promoted as disappearing sliding doors. We decided to install some showroom displays and so ordered a couple of standard single systems one with a frosted ‘Satin’ glass and one with a typical panelled door. As we developed the showroom and more rooms were added we increased our displays with a telescopic system and some double door systems. Throughout this time I still had no office door; the product that I had originally seen was never introduced and whilst I had started selling the Eclisse pocket door systems they did not have a surface mounted solution for me. And then the phone call came and my friend called me to say that he was trialling a new surface mounted door and that if I was still interested then I could now get one.

Cheshire Design Centre is one of the oldest customers of Eclisse UK and has enjoyed the relationship ever since we first met. I now have a door on my office and the expression ‘Pocket Door’ is understood by architects, designers and the trade in general. The name Eclisse is synonymous with quality and the fitters like to install them as they are quick easy and robust. Eclisse have been successful because they have a good product at the right price. If you have any questions regarding their products then the team at Cheshire Design Centre are happy to help.

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