By Gene and Katie Hamilton
A pocket door does a good job of creating privacy in tight spaces without the door swinging into furniture or the way of passersbys. But what if the walls around your doorway are made of brick or cement, or conceal pipes or wires that would obstruct the path of a pocket door?
Why not try a wall-mounted door with a track-and-roller system that attaches directly to the wall? A "barn door" as it is often called mounted on the wall is a new and popular solution. Like a pocket door, it's a good choice in a tight space where there's not enough swing room for a standard hinged door. And since the door slides open, furniture can be placed beside the doorway without interfering with the door's operation.
You'll find the door hardware sold at home centers and online at the manufacturer's web site, Johnson Hardware where you can read and print installation instructions. Read the manual before buying to get an idea of what's involved. Basically, the project involves attaching an aluminum I-beam track with mounting brackets and four-wheeled hangers that fit onto the track. The glides hold the door in place and slide without binding.
A handyman will charge $610 to install the hardware and a 3-foot wide door with glass panels, which includes the labor and material. You can buy the hardware and door for $390 and do it yourself, pocketing a 36 percent savings.
Sound too complicated and time consuming? Here's a link to Home Advisor, a free referral service that matches homeowners with local contractors.
That sums it up. Knowing the average cost to install a wall mounted door lets you compare doing it yourself with what you can expect to pay a contractor. For a local cost input your ZIP Code.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2020