What is a Shaker Kitchen?

Everything you need to know about the shaker kitchen style.

The Shaker kitchen style was founded in the late 1700’s by a religious community who believed in honesty and simplicity and thus decreed that every object within the home must have a practical use. The Shaker cabinet has a square frame and recessed panel profile. The panel can be split into one or more sections by using pieces know as mid-rails. They were traditionally constructed from pine, cherry or maple wood, however, are now often produced from more sustainable hardwoods such as oak or ash. The quality of the timber and fundamental functionality of the cabinetry is the essence of a Shaker Kitchen.

“Shaker furniture has stood the test of time, after initially being introduced in the late 1700s. This is largely a result of the practicality, elegance, and simplicity of the traditional Shaker kitchen”

Shaker furniture has stood the test of time, after initially being introduced in the late 1700s. This is largely a result of the practicality, elegance, and simplicity of the traditional Shaker kitchen. In the intervening time, kitchen designers have updated the colour palette, range of natural materials, and ornamentation of the traditional Shaker style, without straying too far away from the original timeless design which earned it renown.

The Main Elements of a Shaker Kitchen

It is no wonder that Shaker kitchen design remains en vogue to this day. The high-quality and detailed workmanship of Shaker kitchen cabinets ensures their practicality and ease of maintenance. In fact, in a modern kitchen, the clean lines of the bespoke Shaker cabinetry are not the only selling points. The 21st century Shaker kitchen design now incorporates unique colour schemes and shelving. There are technological advances that were not available when Shaker cabinets were first created. These give Shaker kitchen design a much-needed modern twist and put it in the league of bespoke luxury kitchens.

What is Bespoke Cabinetry?

Bespoke cabinetry is carpentry made-to-measure, for a specific household. In technical terms: Traditionally, the shaker door comprises a 5-piece front frame − a four-piece frame (stiles and rails) and a centre panel. The two outside parts of the frame are called the stiles, and the top and bottom parts are called the rails. These 5-piece doors are painted and finished on the inside and outside and are made of solid wood. This emphasises the high-quality of Shaker design.

Muted colour palettes were common with the early Shaker kitchen designs. Often, the colours you would encounter would be blue, green, red, or yellow, in their darker and richer hues.

Why People Love the Shaker Style Kitchens?

The Shaker kitchen style is elegant and unassuming. It has outgrown its modest beginnings as a purely functional kitchen design and joined the multitude of modern designer kitchens that inspire homemakers and become focal points in their homes. The precision of the carpentry, the quality of the materials, and the longevity of maintaining Shaker cabinets make them an easy concept to sell.

Stripped bare of the trappings of elaborate embellishments which could easily date the furniture, the simplicity of the Shaker style kitchen makes it a timeless design. A new kitchen built in the Shaker style can look anything from rustic and sturdy such as in a country kitchen, to sleek and more contemporary.

When considering what type of kitchen to design, thinking of the shelving, the worktops, the kitchen island, and the juxtaposition of these aspects with each other and the general lay of the room is important. A bespoke kitchen benefits you because it is completely within your control to shape. Any design ideas can be added or subtracted, cut shorted, or elongated, as you wish. And if there is a general theme to the kitchen, such as the Shaker style, it will certainly bring a holistic vision together.