How to Install a Pocket Door Lock [Easy Guide]

You have a big room in your house, but you want to portion it into two. People nowadays have started to switch to pocket doors for every part of the house. Pocket doors are all the rage now.

However, do you want to make your home’s pocket door more secure? Are you looking for an easy way to lock them?

In this blog post, I’ll show you how to easily install a pocket door lock. Get ready to add an extra layer of security and peace of mind!

What is Pocket Door?

In general, a pocket door is a sliding door. You can slide them horizontally into a wall cavity to save space. It is typically installed in interior spaces, such as bathrooms and closets, where a conventional swinging door may not be ideal.

You can easily use a pocket door at any time. You can build them with many different materials, including wood, metal, and plastic, which match your existing décor.

Pocket door

Different Types of Pocket Door Locks

You already know, pocket door locks are available in various shapes or types. Most homeowners try to build rectangular and circular types.

You can choose from various color tones on the lock, from matte black to antique brass, matching your interior. The Home Depot, Amazon, Cavity Sliders, and Direct Door Hardware offer a wide range of locks from different brands of lock that you can install on a pocket door.

pocket door lock
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Choose a Lock That Fits Your Door

Before installing a door lock, you should ensure that it fits both the size and style of your door. To do this, you can measure the backset of your existing door and ensure the chosen lock is compatible.

Additionally, ensure your door hardware kit comes with all the necessary components such as an interior latch assembly, strike plate, edge pull handles, and lockset.

After selecting the right pocket door lock and hardware kit, installation is relatively straightforward which I have described below.

Pocket door lock

Gather the Necessary Materials

Before you begin the installation process, ensure you have all of the necessary materials. Here’s a checklist of what you’ll need:

  • Pocket Door Frame Kit: This includes the tracks, rollers, jamb brackets, and other hardware needed to install your pocket door.
  • Door Hardware: Depending on the type of door, it would be hinges, knobs, or handle sets.
  • Tools: You will need a level, drill, and screwdriver for this project.
  • Wall Anchors: This is optional. If your walls aren’t made from solid wood or metal studs, you may need wall anchors to secure your door properly.
  • Finishing Materials: Sometimes you may need paint or sealant to finish the job.

Easy Ways to install a pocket door lock

Installing a pocket door lock is easy and requires only basic tools. Before installing, ensure you have the right type of lock for your door.

If you are a DIY person, here are some instructions.

  • Disassemble your lock after taking it out of the box, and keep the provided screws separately and safely.
  • Read the instructions page provided by the manufacturer in case there is special advice regarding the installation.
  • Cut a notch in the door matching your lock body’s shape and size. Some brands provide a template. While for others, you have to use a jigsaw or take manual measurements.
  • Screw in and attach the lock body securely to the door.
  • Mark the door jamb where you will attach the striker plate.
  • Map out where the plate opening will be in the jamb and drill out a hole according to the size and shape of the lock.
  • Loosely screw in the striker plate.
  • Try locking the door a few times to see if it locks easily and smoothly without manual force.
  • When all seems in place, tighten the screws in the striker plate.

You can watch the below video for more visual instructions on installing a pocket door lock or spend a little money and get a professional locksmith to do it for you.

Read: How To Lock A Door With A Sock – An Easy Trick

Benefits of Installing a Pocket Door Lick

Doors not only provide us an entrance to a place, but it also is a means of privacy and security on our property. If you have opted for pocket doors for your bedroom, bathroom, or front door, a simple sliding door frame is not enough.

So what should you do? Yes, it has to be properly secured too. But now, with the above guidelines, you can easily install a pocket door lock.

Most people believe, pocket doors can last for years without damage and can easily be installed in a house. If you follow the instructions provided by the lock’s manufacturer properly and use quality tools, your pocket door is good to go. You can read how to lock a door without a lock.

The average pros and cons of pocket door and lock:


  • Easy to install and use.
  • Great for small spaces.
  • Increased security for your home.
  • No need for a key or a separate locking mechanism.
  • Can be used on any type of door material.
  • Inexpensive compared to other locks.


  • Not as secure as traditional locks.
  • May not be suitable for high-traffic areas

Add a Deadbolt to Increase Security (Optional)

To secure your home, you can add a deadbolt to your pocket which most people use in their homes nowadays. Doors are overlooked by burglars, making them an easy target for break-ins.

Using a deadbolt in place, your doo will be more secure and can help deter potential intruders. It will also help your family members from accidental locksmithing when the door is closed.

One of the big advantages, it is only be opened with a key or combination code. So I think installing a deadbolt and a pocket door is another security protector.

Bottom Line

Installing a pocket door lock is easy if you do it correctly. This is a skill you never know when it might come in handy!

However, now you now know how to install a pocket door lock! So you’ll never have to worry about your pocket door not being secure. If you’re looking for more tips or tricks on how to keep your door or window safe, you can check our other blog posts.

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I'm Bobby Taylor, a tech lover, writer, and editor for Smart Home Protector. I am also a customer relationship officer of a well established electronics manufacturer company in the United States.

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