By Gene and Katie Hamilton
The hardware designed for a multi-pass door makes it possible to change the way a room can be used to meet the changing needs of a household. Three doors slide past each other in a single opening that is up to 12 feet wide.
This system eliminates the need for traditional swinging doors that take up space and limit access to a room. This is useful in today's busy households, where a family room is often reinvented as a home office or a wider, more accessible entry is needed for someone in a wheelchair. When you want to, say, open the sunroom to the living room, the panels of a multi-pass door can be slid open; when privacy is wanted, the panels slide back easily to close the entryway. For safety, the hardware bottom track can be recessed in the floor.
If you're experienced with carpentry work and have the tools, you may be able to install a multi-pass doorway system yourself. If you're not handy, we suggest hiring a carpenter to do the job.
A carpenter will charge $948 to install the door hardware with three 36-inch wood door panels, which includes labor and material. If you have carpentry skills and tools, you can do the job for $680, the cost of the hardware and door panels. To learn more about multi-pass pocket door hardware go to www.johnsonhardware.com. The site's Resource tab takes you to videos of the installation or download the installation guide.
Sound too complicated and time consuming? Here's a link to Home Advisor, a free referral service that matches homeowners with local contractors.
Wrapping up, given the average cost to install a multi-pass door you can compare the price of a contractor’s bid with doing it yourself. For a local cost input your ZIP Code.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2020