Technical insights 08/31/2021

Pocket door system: practical and design solutions

Pocket door system: practical and design solutions
Pocket door systems offer practical and design-oriented solutions for optimizing living space.

Space-saving solutions combining practicality and design

Rooted in medieval Japanese history or in Italy and Greece as far back as the first century A.D., external sliding systems have proven to be major players in homes and communal spaces since their origins.
Despite this, it is little known that the idea of a pocket door that allows the door to slide and hide inside the wall found its origin in Italy starting in the late 1960s, later conquering the interior and exterior design scenes around the world.

The fame and internationalization of this cavity is due to many reasons, including:

- Reliability and robustness combined with stylistic elegance;
- Optimisation of space;
- Improved habitability;
- Adaptability for users with disabilities.

In fact, absolutely indispensable for expanding and saving space, the use of these metal structures and their respective retractable doors not only guarantees up to 8% more floor space (8 square metres more for every 100), but also the possibility of exploiting the wall in which the pocket door is installed, perhaps by placing a piece of furniture or another furnishing element on it which, if a hinged door were present, would have been hidden or possibly damaged by opening and closing movements.

But which models, in particular, are possible? Let us analyze them together.

The Ermetika pocket door system

For more than 30 years, Ermetika has been passionately dedicated to the production of this fundamental building element that today hides within the walls of countless properties.
It is a metal structure that integrates into the wall and houses the door panel, allowing it to slide inside.
It is possible to make the casing for both plaster and plasterboard walls.

The counterframe for plaster walls (see: Evolution) is distinguished by the metal net placed on the two plates of the box to facilitate the attachment of the plaster itself, guaranteeing a homogenous and crack-free finish even with the passage of time.

The plasterboard wall frame, on the other hand, is characterised by its structure without any metal net. Along its perimeter it has dowels that allow the plasterboard sheets to be hooked directly onto the metal walls of the structure, guaranteeing strength and reliability in equal measure. A particular variant that has made this product known even outside the Italian borders is the kit model, which is easily assembled (see: EvoKit) and very practical thanks to its reduced packaging that is very convenient to transport.

The main models of pocket door system just described have been characterised over time by a constant evolution that has seen the birth of a series of variants useful for satisfying specific housing needs. Examples include Luminox, a counterframe that allows the installation of lighting points and electrical boxes on the wall containing the cassette; or alternatively Staffetta, a special counterframe that accommodates two telescopic doors, allowing large openings to be enhanced by creating special continuity effects between communicating rooms.

The experience and constant commitment of the Ermetika team have allowed the company to grow at national and international level also with other specific product lines for interiors and exteriors, including the flush variant (without jambs and architraves), the reversible (see: xREVERx) and curved pocket door system (see: Arkimede), and many others.