A unique situation that comes up every now and then is converging pocket doors and what hardware you need for them.
The options to consider will depend on your budget, the look you are going for, whether or not you need the doors to lock, and the installation time. Let’s start with the easiest, least expensive, simple options and go from there.
The easiest option is a common pocket door latch set from Deltana. They come in a variety of finishes and three latching options. If you do not need the doors to lock then you can use two passage sets, one on each door. If you need one door to lock into the other door then you’ll want one privacy and one receiver. The privacy locks into the receiver. These work on doors from 1-3/8″ to 1-3/4″ thick. These install with a rectangular shaped cutout on the front edge of the door. Different brands have different cutouts so if you are replacing an existing one make sure you take the latch off and measure the height and width of the cutout.
The other options are more expensive and would cost more to have someone install or you can do it yourself if you are skilled with a router. They are called mortise locks and use a specially routed out pocket inside the door for the mechanism to fit inside of. The bolt mechanism on the mortise locks is much more robust than that of the more common latches talked about above. We have two brands, I’ll talk about the one with more options first.
Emtek offers three styles and four functions. You can go with two passage if you don’t need them to lock or you can go with one privacy and one dummy if you only need privacy and not security. If you need security they offer a keyed function, you’d also pair that with a dummy function for the other door. These will work on door thicknesses between 1-3/8″ and 2-1/4″
Gruppo Romi is the other brand we have for mortise double doors. They offer a single item that gives you the hardware for both doors, they call it a Privacy Latch for Double Doors. They are for doors 1-1/4″ to 2-3/16″ thick.
With so many options I’m sure you’ll find one you’ll love at TheHardwareHut.com