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A Complete Guide to the Most Popular Shaker-Style Cabinets

Kitchen renovations allow residential property owners to change the style of one of their most populated areas. After all, a 2022 study found the average American spends over 400 hours in their home kitchens every year. Therefore, it is fair to want such a commonly occupied space to look nice.

Current Cabinetry provides high-quality cabinets in Baltimore, factory direct from our manufacturing warehouse to the inside of your property. We carry the most popular Shaker-style cabinets in the country for Maryland residents to enjoy. 

The Parts of a Shaker Cabinet

Manufacturers make Shaker cabinet doors using five pieces:

  • One recessed center panel
  • Two vertical stiles 
  • Two horizontal rails 

The stiles and rails form the outer border of the door, which sits in or on the frame – or front – of the cabinet box. Box sizes generally vary depending on where you intend to install them. For example, drawer cabinets tend to be longer horizontally, while wall cabinets tend to extend vertically.

Shaker doors may look like a traditional recessed cabinet door, save for the stile and rail design. Instead of the seams meshing diagonally (mitered construction), the stiles bracket the rails inside with a 90-degree vertical seam (cope-and-stick construction).

The Shaker Cabinet and Its Rich History

If you think Shaker sounds like Quaker, there’s a good historical reason for that.

George Fox established the Society of Friends, or the Quakers, in England in 1652. A portion of their worship involved trembling (quaking) as they prayed, and they believed in living simplistically and without excess. However, the Quakers began to cut the trembling out of their usual worship by the mid-1700s.

The Shakers decided to split from the Quakers in 1747 to keep the traditional worship methods, including quaking. Both groups kept the belief of living practically, which the Shakers exemplified in their construction work.

They built all of their furniture with clean, straight lines without embellishments. Their main goal was to create a functional, handcrafted piece they valued as an effort of their own hands. Even so, their expertise caused them to stand out, building their income through industrial work.

In the late 1800s, the Shakers began building more frequently with the help of the first conventional power tools. With increased construction rates, they could rely on their abilities to provide for their community. Now, the most popular Shaker-style cabinets still hold the same practical, functional stylishness that persists beyond the religion.

What Makes Shaker Cabinets Popular?

Part of what the Shakers loved about their religion has led others to enjoy and value the products. As we’ve continued to develop construction methods and materials, its popularity has only increased:

  • Minimalistic: Societal trends tend to gravitate toward minimalism in phases, and these cabinets lend to the style wonderfully. You can also adapt Shaker cabinets to any home style with color options, frame sizing, and more. Therefore, this type of cabinet is both trendy and timeless, a rare ability few other furniture styles can mimic.
  • Easy to Maintain: While harder to clean than flat doors, Shaker cabinets do not have many additional crevices or corners. If you need to repair a Shaker door, the parts tend to be very clean-cut, not requiring heavy design work. With consistent maintenance, you can have cabinet doors that last a lifetime with little effort overall.
  • Easy to Combine: As a part of its minimalistic design and customizability, you can make these cabinets work wherever you put them. From futuristic and modern to farmhouse style and casual, a Shaker-style door can suit any kitchen. It also won’t clash with other room elements, like subway tile backsplashes or natural wood flooring.
  • Easy to Construct: Because Shaker cabinets do not require fancy additions and have a fairly simplistic design, manufacturers can construct them easily. Its hard lines and solid edges make the door exceptionally durable and resistant to damage. Easy constructability also means you usually don’t have to break the bank to buy Shaker cabinets in bulk.

Ways to Customize Your Shaker Cabinets

When deciding what cabinets you want in your kitchen, bathroom, or other storage area, Shakers could be a great option. With the customization options available, you can even make a white Shaker cabinet unique to your property. 

Cabinet Colors

The simplistic construction needed to make the most popular Shaker-style cabinets means you can get creative with colors without fear. For example, Shakers made with natural, solid wood can take on wood staining easily because they lack excessive curves and crevices. For that same reason, many property owners love to paint them to suit whichever room they’re in.

For those looking for a pop of color, you can make the frame a lighter or darker tone than the rest of the cabinet. For instance, royal blue lower cabinets with a white frame could add the splash you need to tie a mostly white kitchen together.

Frame Length and Width

Stiles and rails don’t need to be the same size on every Shaker cabinet. As a modern adjustment to the Shaker style, some buyers like what we refer to as the “skinny” or “slim” Shaker.

In standard Shaker doors, the stiles and rails range between 2 ¼ to 3 ½ inches wide with a one-fourth inch recess into the panel. Skinny Shaker stiles and rails can be as thin as three-fourths of an inch, with a one-eighth-inch panel recess. Many farmhouse-style kitchens utilize standard Shakers, while modern kitchens often take on the skinny look.

Shaker Cabinet Materials

Many manufacturers can make Shaker cabinets from high-quality materials because it doesn’t require too many additional curves or adjustments. Additionally, making Shakers from single-wood slabs or with durable materials allows them to last longer.

Some of the most popular Shaker-style cabinets come in pine, maple, and birch due to their longevity. Others may also use medium-density fiberwood or cabinet-grade plywood, though solid wood construction tends to be the most fashionable and durable.

Shaker Door Overlay and Panels

You can customize how you want the Shaker door to mesh with the cabinet box. Shaker doors generally come in three overlay styles:

  • Inset: The Shaker door sits flush with the cabinet frame, creating a nearly flat surface. Only the panel dips inward.
  • Partial Overlay: The Shaker Door sits on top of the cabinet frame, but it leaves some of the frame exposed. The surface starts at the frame, then rises at the outer edge of the Shaker before dipping back into the panel.
  • Full Overlay: The Shaker door completely covers the cabinet frame, leaving none of it exposed.

Newer designs raise part of the panel upwards, creating a beveled layer and more painting options. Some Shaker cabinets also replace the panel, exchanging the wood for glass instead. Doing so allows you to create various visual effects and see what’s inside the cabinets more clearly.

Get Fantastic Designs from Current Cabinetry

Whether refurbishing a kitchen or designing a new bathroom for a new property, you deserve top-quality cabinets. Current Cabinetry provides the most popular Shaker-style cabinets in the northeastern United States. 

Our designs can help you express your style and redefine your space practically and beautifully. We use the best materials available to ensure your cabinets only add to the room instead of detracting from it.

If you’re concerned about Shaker cabinet costs or want to explore more design options, call 410-609-7077 or visit our contact page. Current Cabinetry believes in providing luxury cabinetry for reasonable prices that Baltimore citizens can enjoy. Our designers start by drawing a free design just for your space, so don’t wait and reach out today!

Daniel Kermaier

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