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Everything You Need to Know About Shaker Cabinets




Shaker cabinets and doors are kitchen elements that feature a flat center panel and square edges, with minimal detailing or profiling. Shaker-style design is minimalistic and symmetrical, without ornamentation. And that’s one of the reasons why it’s so popular – it can blend with many different kitchen designs.



The history of Shaker cabinets

White Shaker Cabinets to Ceiling
White Shaker Cabinets to Ceiling


Shaker cabinets are nothing new; they’ve been around for centuries. According to the Art, Shaker furniture was originally created by the United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing or the “Shakers”. The Shaker’s guiding principles of honesty, utility, and simplicity are reflected in their minimalist, well-made furniture.


Shaker communities were self-sufficient in their attempt to separate themselves from the outside world. To create a heaven on Earth, members cultivated their own food, constructed their own buildings, and manufactured their tools and household furnishings. And this is exactly how the Shaker cabinet door came into existence.



The enduring appeal of Shaker cabinets

Black and White Open Space Kitchen and Living Room With Kitchen Island
Black and White Open Space Kitchen and Living Room With Kitchen Island


It’s quite amazing to think that a small religious community invented one of the most popular furniture styles of all time. Ever since the 1850s, the popularity of Shaker furniture has never waned and marks a stunning success in the history of home design. Shaker furniture is simple and elegant – some designers might call it boring, these are the very qualities that make it timeless. Shaker doors blend into the kitchen design rather than completely stand out. There is no drama or particular statement. They simply complement other focal points and make a kitchen design a success story. They fit seamlessly into any space, any kitchen design, and they offer consistency, longevity, and most of all quality. 


Materials used in Shaker doors



Shaker furniture was originally made with natural materials such as pine, maple, and cherry wood instead of mahogany. Nowadays, more sustainable materials are used such as oak and birchwood, giving them a new lease on life. 

At Nelson Cabinets, the box construction consists of 1/2″ A-grade plywood and all doors from solid wood. This is exactly what makes these cabinets more durable in comparison to other manufactures who often produce cabinets with lower grade plywood. 


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Where to find the best Shaker cabinets?

There are some things you should consider when shopping for kitchen cabinets. You can choose to buy cabinets from a local dealer or you can simply buy them online. Read more at 5 Rules For Cabinet Shopping and get the latest information.





A timeless kitchen is a dream come true and an investment that is worth the money. Opting for neutral colors in cabinetry can give you the space and freedom to design your kitchen just the way you want it. If you’re thinking about colors, These Neutral Kitchen Cabinet Colors Are Still Trending in 2021. Be inspired, be bold, and get the kitchen you deserve. 

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