What are Shaker Style Cabinets?

By October 23, 2018Cabinetry

Shaker style cabinets are one of the most popular choices for the kitchen. They’re characterized by their well-known five panel design which makes up the recognizable recessed center. The major draw of this type of cabinet is its ability to remain timeless; this means they complement many different types of interior styles making them both a fashionable and practical choice.

History

You might have guessed that this type of cabinet got its name from the familiar religious community, The Shakers. In fact, there’s a whole subsection of furniture inspired by Shakers – certainly something to consider if you’re looking to give your home a traditional and simple style. Shaker furniture was built with practicality, simplicity, and minimalism in mind, and the cabinets reflect this ethos. The whole idea was to use the minimum amount of material to the maximum effect, whilst also building something that lasts (hence why they would use strong woods in construction). The cabinets have since evolved to be more decorative, but the underlying design remains the same.

Modern Shaker Appeal

So how has the shaker cabinet been able to stand the test of time? Well it has a certain ability to transcend the fashionable fads thanks to its initial simplistic design. It’s no nonsense approach mirrors many modern trends, making it the perfect companion to  industrial and contemporary interiors. Shaker kitchens instill a sense of tradition which complements as opposed to clashes with the modern appliances or decor it sits alongside. But it’s not just modern styles that the Shaker cabinet can work with, thanks to its classic design it can just as easily fit with country, nautical, and traditional interiors. It’s pretty much the most adaptable of all cabinet types.

Another great feature of the Shaker cabinet is its a solid blank canvas ready to be bent to your will. You can keep it simple, or you can opt for a modern twist depending on your preference. Then there’s the material – iit’s offered in every material and finish imaginable to suit all budgets. In short, if you’re looking to marry adaptability and style, Shaker cabinets should be at the top of your list.