Shaker Cabinets: What Are They and Why Are They Popular?

Shaker cabinets are a style of cabinet that was created by the religious group of Shakers. They were made to be plain as their main purpose was to be functional, and durable. The wood used was usually pine which was plentiful and handy. They were often left as is or stained a light color.

Today, the same stands true. Shaker cabinets used today are still plain, well-built, and meant to serve one purpose. They are still popular because they have a clean look that fits in with any design style.

Shaker cabinets also look great in your kitchen, laundry room, or bathroom. These cabinets can be made out of a variety of different wood, like maple or cherry.

Some people like the plain look and build a style around the cabinets. Or, they just prefer the minimalist look for clean lines and no clutter or fuss. Many homeowners are finding that the Shaker concept is particularly appealing in cluttered spaces.

When the Shakers found a concept that worked, they didn’t bother to find a different one. This is a key characteristic of Shaker furniture. Kitchens today usually have multiple vertical sets of drawers and this is where the Shaker design comes into play.

The plain design is great for painting or staining. You can choose any color you like, as the design won’t take away from the color or the rest of the room. You can switch all the handles and hardware and not worry that they will feel out of place.

They also will go with whatever else you are doing to the kitchen. Marble countertops, blind or drapes, tiles or carpeting. It doesn’t matter. It makes sense to have a plain cabinet and design around them, not try to fit everything in around the cabinets.

Possibly the biggest benefit of choosing wood Shaker cabinets is they will last you a long time and not cost the earth. You can have a great looking kitchen for a lot less than some other styles, even if they are custom made.

Shaker Style

Mostly, Shaker cabinets are known for:

  • The minimum amount of materials
  • Best quality hardwoods available, commonly birch, maple, pine, chestnut, cherry, ash, hickory, and oak,
  • A five-piece door front with flat recessed panels
  • Light stains or natural finishes
  • Basic hardware or a recessed groove to open door or drawer
  • An absence of flair
  • Moderate proportions
  • Straight lines
  • Squared edges

These cabinets will never go out of style. It doesn’t matter what style may be trending, your Shaker cabinets will always be chic. With today’s Shaker design, you can add your own flair to them.

They are easy to clean and easy to change if you want them to be a new color or just want to spruce up the kitchen a bit. Replace the hardware for a whole new look without any fuss or huge cost.

You can also build your kitchen around the Shaker cabinets without ever having to change them. A timeless style can lend to anything. There is something rather calming about their stoic plainness that lets everyone in the room relax.

When you choose Shaker-style cabinets, you leave a lot of room for other designs in the kitchen. The cabinets will go with anything and not draw attention away from other things of pride in the room.

Why not give us a call at Custom Cabinets by Lawrance Construction for an estimate on your new custom cabinets. We can make quality cabinets for your kitchen that will last you for years and never go out of style.

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