Shakers are a popular style of door that looks like a picture frame with an inset panel. Shaker-style doors offer a timeless appeal to your interior furniture; built practically using straightforward methods, Shaker-style doors speak volumes with minimal elegance.
You may be wondering where “Shaker” comes in: a sub-group derived from the Quakers who emigrated from the UK to the USA were renowned for their carpentry and furniture making skills. This sub-group was known as “Shakers”.
Due to the beliefs and practices of Quakers during the 1700s, Shakers created furniture that was devoid of fancy inlays, carvings and “modern” fixtures and instead on relying on expert joinery to make long-lasting furniture that instilled modesty. The irony is that the Shakers developed a style that has become a fashion statement to interiors.
Shaker cabinets used to be manufactured from either hardwood, such as oak and walnut, or softwoods like pine and cedar. Natural wood offered its aesthetics, such as the hardwearing properties and natural grain. With solid wood prices rising over time, MDF is primarily used in the construction of Shaker-style doors. MDF is easier to work with, long-lasting, relatively cheaper and can be repainted to your liking.
Today, Shaker cabinets have a versatile use but have been primarily in a kitchen setting. The cabinets in this style for a kitchen offer a cleaner, less cluttered look, and importantly, offer homeowners a timeless piece of furniture.