Converging pocket doors can often cause confusion when it comes to determining 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 options and go from there.
The easiest option is a common pocket door latch set from Deltana. It comes 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. Deltana’s pocket door latches 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. This means that if you want to replace an existing one, you will need to 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. It is much easier to simply do it yourself, as long as you are skilled with a router. These locks are called mortise locks and use a specially routed out pocket inside the door for the mechanism to fit inside. The bolt mechanism on the mortise locks is much more robust than that of the more common latches talked about above. We carry two brands, but I’ll talk about the one with more options first.
Emtek offers three styles and four functions. You can go with the 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, Emtek offers a keyed function, which you would pair 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 carry that offers mortise double doors. They provide a single item that gives you the hardware for both doors, called 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 the right one for you. And, as always, feel free to bring us questions at TheHardwareHut.com.