Pocket and Flipper doors. What's the difference?


A Flipper door is a hinged slide that lets you vertically open the cabinet door and retract it out of view like a garage door. Flipper doors are often seen on overhead cabinets in living rooms, offices and garages, but are increasinlgly popular in kitchens to hide small appliances such as toasters, mixers and coffee machines when not in use. The technology on Flipper door slides is very simple: it is a hinged ball bearing slide, sometimes availbale in soft-close, and does not include any kind of added synchronisation system.


A Pocket door is a hinged slide that lets you horizontally open the cabinet door and retract it out of view. Pocket doors are often used for media centers and armoires, usually in combination with pull-out shelves and inner drawers in furniture and cabinets and to hide larger appliances such as washing machines. Pocket door slide technology is more advanced. Some offer complex synchronisation systems for stability and smooth motion on larger and heavier doors.


Both terms have been used interchangeably in the industry over the years so we have to be careful to choose the right hardware. Pocket door slides that do not use a cable synchronisation system can be used to make Flipper doors. But a flipper door slide cannot be used to make pocket doors as it is not built to carry the weight of a door over a long period of time.

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