added by Gretel Branton
(5 weeks ago)
Lots of discussion around the lack of sound control of pocket doors. As a door manufacturer, and someone who has these doors in his house, here are my thoughts.
1) Definitely get a SOLID door. We make them out of MDF, but try to ensure whatevery you select has a relatively high density to the door (40+). This will block the noise dramatically and is probably the number one thing to do.
2) Minimize your undercut. Don't have a huge gap between the door and the floor.
3) Add an INCH. Most door manufacturers can add an inch to the top of the door and to one side of the door (behind the wall). This not only help prevent the sound from traveling around the door, but also gives a "uniform look" for both sides of the door (ie the 1" hides behind the wall). This is something that a lot of upscale homes are doing.
4) Try laminated glass if including glass. While I can't prove it, I believe my Pocket pair benefits from using a clear laminated glass. This increases the layering in the glass and we get a LOT of comments by guests how quiet our living room is while our kids play in the playroom.