Doors have many functions. They serve to divide spaces and separate rooms – to mark out one place as not being another. They do this by blocking line of sight – after all, out of sight, out of mind, right?
Doors are also helpful in blocking noise, which most people may not realise, but think about why you may shut the door when you need to speak without telling the world about it. It’s easier to believe that rooms are entirely separate from each other if you cannot hear what is happening through the door. However, not all doors are equally efficient at cutting out sound. Some doors are more effective at blocking out sound, but most run-of-the-mill doors struggle to be as acoustically efficient.
If you have ever wondered if double or single-pocket doors are sound-resistant, this article will help you find the right one.
Standard Pocket Doors
Standard pocket doors are not designed to be significantly sound-resistant. They focus instead on lightness, ease of movement, and light blocking. Since they are designed to fill spaces that traditional swinging doors can’t, they must be thinner and lighter. This does not lend itself to sound resistance. So, if you want a sound-resistant pocket door, what are your options? Let’s examine what you can invest to soundproof your home or place of work.
Soundproof a Pocket Door
It is possible to improve the acoustic resistance of pocket doors with a few tweaks. This is a good option if you choose not to replace your doors overall. One of the most accessible options to improve the sound resistance of a pocket door is to install a soundproof curtain over the door. This can be easily hung over a door, and without the need to swing a door open and closed, the curtain can be raised and lowered without blocking functionality.
However, if hanging a curtain isn’t an option, there are a few other things you can consider doing to improve soundproofing.
How does an Acoustic Pocket Door Work?
The Pocket Door Superstore offers a range of pocket doors to suit all circumstances – including ones specifically designed to be sound resistant. The Eclisse sound-resistant or soundproof pocket door reduces noise rated up to 38dB through rooms, thanks to a range of high-quality, thoroughly engineered components.
Below is a brief explanation of how each one of these components works to reduce external noise:
Panel – The acoustic door kit is 1-3/4” thick, supplied as standard with the acoustic kit accessories. This ensures high sound-proof performance.
Jambs – The included jambs are designed to be acoustic-insulated, which contributes to the door’s sound resistance. They come already milled to maximise results.
Gaskets & Bumps – Seal the vertical parts of the door hole and prevent almost all sound from passing through when the door is closed.
Magnets – Magnets ensure that the door is closed as thoroughly as possible, ensuring it is tight to the closing door post.
Weatherstrip – Weatherstrips are not only used on external doors as they can also seal the upper and lower perimeter of a door to provide a tight seal. This seal also helps prevent sound waves from getting over to the other side of the door.
The Pocket Door Superstore offers a wide range of pocket door kits to fit your needs. We offer sound-resistant doors and Syntesis flush-hinged doors without jambs, Luce collection wiring-ready pocket doors, and more.
Check out our full range of pocket doors. If you have a question about our pocket door kits, contact us to discuss and determine which option might be best for you.