Shaker Style Cabinets

PUBLISHED: Feb 16, 2021 | By:

Shaker Cabinets are a classic, timeless type of cabinetry that blend with a wide range of kitchen styles. Whether you are planning a traditional, cottage, farmhouse or contemporary kitchen, shaker cabinet doors will work for you!

Learn the history and style nuances of this simplistic, clean-lined and enduring cabinet genre.

A white kitchen with shaker cabinet doors and marble counters, and fall branches in the sink.

Timeless, not trendy. That’s always my motto when making design choices for our home! I think that’s why the shaker style is popular – it’s an easy way to give your home historic charm, while still feeling fresh and modern.

Just like the choices we made in our Spa Bath and our Cream Kitchen, I love finding options that will resonate in the decades to come. Shaker Doors, Brass Door Knobs, and Unlacquered Brass Hardware have all been used in homes for decades, so we know they will last regardless of trends.

Shaker style kitchen cabinets can be custom made or mass produced. They’re easily accessible at most kitchen and hardware stores, making them one of the most popular styles of kitchen cabinetry today.

With that in mind, today’s post delves into the ins and outs of Shaker style cabinets. Learn why Shaker style cabinet doors might be the best choice for a kitchen or bathroom you’ll love for the long term!

A white kitchen with shaker cabinets and marble counters, with a vase of flowers by the sink.

What Are Shaker Style Cabinets?

Shaker style cabinets, doors and furniture came about thanks to the Shaker religious community.

The Shakers were a Colonial era religious sect who believed in the principles of simplicity, utility and honesty. This soon transformed everything they created for their homes, hence the Shaker style we know today.

Shaker style cabinet doors feature clean lines, with a recessed center panel and square indents. This leaves the middle completely flat and devoid of ornamentation, celebrating the ultimate simplicity.

As you can see below, we went with a natural wood for our island, which reflects the handmade authenticity of the Shaker style.

A white kitchen with a soft wood island and shaker kitchen cabinets.

Because of the lack of fussy design elements, shaker style cabinets fit every kitchen style from traditional to modern – they’re truly timeless. Solid wood shaker cabinet doors will never go out of style!

  • Clean Lines – Makes them versatile, pairing with a variety of hardware and home decor styles.
  • Easy to Clean – Less detail makes them simple to dust and wipe down.
  • Transitional Style – From farmhouse to modern, shaker style cabinet doors work within any kitchen or bath style.
A white kitchen with shaker cabinet doors and marble counters, and fall branches in the sink.

Shaker Cabinet Doors

The Shaker style of cabinet doors come in a variety of styles to fit both your remodeling budget and personal taste.

Shaker cabinet doors pair well with both inset cabinets and full overlay cabinets. The sleek door is a blank slate for hardware (get my tips for cabinet knob placement).

You can use the shaker style on both cabinet doors and drawers. We opted to do flat panel draw fronts so that our small kitchen felt a little less busy.

A wine bar area in a kitchen featuring shaker cabinet doors and flat drawer fronts.

If your kitchen features traditional box style cabinets, it’s easy and more affordable to simply change out the door fronts for a fresh new look. Shaker cabinet doors will completely transform a dated kitchen, giving you a fresh new style!

The beauty of the Shaker style is in the simplicity. Pairing this elegant, handmade look with your personalized touches in countertops, hardware and more will help you create a look you love!

A white kitchen with shaker style kitchen cabinets.

Questions and Answers

Why do they call them shaker cabinets?

The Shakers were a colonial era religious group that focused on simplicity and functionality, which reflected in their homes and furniture. This timeless style has persisted for decades thanks to the wholesome, fuss-free details.

Are shaker cabinets more expensive?

In many cases, they tend to cost less than raised panel doors of similar style and design. This is due to their simplicity, which lessens the manufacturing costs whether they are mass-produced or custom made.

However, there is a wide range of costs within Shaker cabinetry just like every other style. If solid wood is out of your budget, consider a laminate style to reduce costs.

Are shaker cabinets out of style?

No! They are a timeless, minimalist style that never seems to fall out of favor, even as other design trends come and go.

What hardware is best for shaker cabinets?

Since they’re so minimal in design, almost any cabinet knob or pull pairs well with them. You can select from traditional to modern, using the finish of your choice.

A white kitchen with shaker cabinets and marble counters, with a vase of flowers by the sink.

Are you considering this popular style of cabinetry for your kitchen remodel? I’d love to hear from you!

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