What is a Shaker Door?

July 7, 2016

Learn more about this simple yet highly-adaptable style of cabinet door construction.

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When deciding on the options for your new cabinets, an important first step is deciding on the style of your cabinet doors. The ones you choose will set the stage for developing the overall feeling of your cabinets and the room in which they are installed.

One of the most popular styles of cabinet doors is called Shaker. While there are several subtle variations on the Shaker style available, they all have their roots in the furniture produced by the Mount Lebanon Shaker Society in the 1800s.

The Origins of the Shaker Door

Original Shaker furniture reflected the core ethics of the Shaker society: strength and stability achieved through efficient design, containing only elements that are practical. The basic Shaker door adheres to these sensibilities with a simple five-piece construction, made up of a flat central panel surrounded by a raised square frame.

The Shaker style has endured for well over 100 years and its influence can be seen in many homes and interiors. The Shaker door remains one of the top sellers for many cabinet manufacturers due to its easy adaptability.

Modern Variations of the Shaker Door

While the original Shaker furniture was based upon an almost total lack of decoration, modern interpretations have added some subtle elements. Depending on the desired look, Shaker door styles can be enhanced through the use of modern materials and finishes, knobs and pulls, and simple decoration.

The straightforward design of a Shaker door makes a wonderful canvas to showcase the beauty of natural wood grain and stained finishes. For adding large areas of color to a room, the Shaker style works equally well with laminated or painted finishes.

Shaker doors are capable of working with many of today’s popular interior design styles. Whether you are working with an ultra modern bathroom, a craftsman-inspired kitchen, or a country chic design aesthetic, Shaker doors can be easily added to your plans.

After selecting a finish that works with your room, the final touch is to pick the right knobs and pulls for your cabinets. The original Shaker style called for simple wood knobs, which is still a viable option for some designs. However, the simple lines of Shaker doors allow unusual or decorative knobs to take the spotlight.

Visit Cabinet Depot to See Our Shaker Door Cabinets

Stop in to our showroom and take a look at how these adaptable doors can work in your home. Our designers are always happy to provide advice and we never charge for our design or measuring services.