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What are Shaker Cabinets?

June 4, 2015No comments

Kitchen with White Shaker Cabinets Large Island and White Subway Tile BacksplashIn the kitchen pictured above, Shaker cabinets lightly decorated with crown molding and sash pulls are used in a transitional design.

By CliqStudios kitchen designer Kara Lepley.

Extremely popular for their timeless style and ability to complement traditional, transitional and contemporary designs, Shaker cabinets are defined by five-piece doors with flat recessed panels and no bevel on the frame. The simple construction, also referred to as rail and style or frame and panel,  provides a clean, classic look.

The five-piece doors may be combined with five-piece drawer fronts or simple slab drawer fronts, and the doors and drawer fronts may be inset, partial overlay, or full-overlay.

This enduring furniture style was developed by a religious community, the United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing, commonly known as Shakers. Shaker values of simplicity, utility and craftsmanship are reflected in the design of their furniture and architecture. When considering Shaker cabinets, it is interesting to note that the Shakers were the first to incorporate built-in cabinetry in architecture on a wide scale.

Shaker Inset Cabinets with Exposed Hinge Barrels

The Austin inset cabinet style features exposed brushed nickel hinge barrels, five-piece drawer fronts on deep drawers and slab drawer fronts on shallow drawers. In this kitchen, a two-tone design uses black Shaker cabinets to create a buffet wall, and white to create a custom center island.

Kitchen with Shaker door Austin inset-style cabinets in painted White with a tall built-in hutch in Austin painted Carbon

Shaker Inset Cabinets with Concealed Hinges

The Austin Concealed Hinge inset cabinet provides the ultimate in a sleek profile, a design in which recessed panels are truly the stars of the show.

Kitchen with Inset Door Shaker Cabinets and Island

Shaker Full-Overlay Cabinets with Recessed-Panel Drawer Fronts

The harmonious Dayton style, featuring full-overlay recessed-panel drawer and door fronts, provides an unbroken emphasis on craftsmanship.

U-shaped kitchen with white shaker cabinets with overlay doors

Shaker Full-Overlay Cabinets with Slab Drawer Fronts

Perfect for contemporary or transitional designs, the Rockford balances recessed-panel cabinet doors with slab drawer fronts.

Kitchen Wall with Rockford Shaker Door Style Stainless Oven and Refrigerator

Comparing Shaker to Mission / Arts and Crafts Styles

Mission style appeared on the American design scene in the late 19th century. Similar to Shaker in design, Mission cabinets emphasize the natural grain of the wood, typically oak, and feature heavy metal hardware.

 The Shakers are credited with a number of technical innovations including, according to some, the circular saw.

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