What’s So Special About Shaker Doors?

Shaker kitchens are an increasingly popular choice when it comes to kitchen redesigns and revamps. A huge part of the shaker aesthetic is the design of shaker doors and drawers, which follow a simple-yet-effective style and strong craftsmanship. So what is it about the shaker style doors that make them so in demand and so special?

Shaker Doors Are Timeless

Because of the nature of the shaker door, their relatively simple style means it’s not likely that the shaker style will go out of fashion anytime soon. In fact, history has proved that it’s stood the test of time for the past few hundred years.

Shaker kitchens can be dated back to the 18th century, where the Shaker people constructed them using a simple yet effective design that’s evolved throughout the years but has still kept its original ethos. So if you are looking to install some new shaker doors to your kitchen, you can do so in the knowledge that the timeless style means your kitchen will never look out of date when it comes to shaker kitchen doors and drawers.

Shaker Doors Are Built To Last

One thing that stands out from shaker doors – apart from the design – is the craftsmanship that goes into the building of shaker doors. The doors follow the traditional four panel design, which features two stiles and two rails. There’s also a recessed centre panel that ties everything together and gives the door a level of depth.

The high level of skill that goes into making high-quality shaker kitchen doors reflect the nature of shaker design, with pieces of furniture being designed and built to be strong, sturdy and to last.

They’re Made From Sustainable Wood

In the past shaker kitchens and shaker kitchen doors in particular were made from a variety of different woods back in the 18th century including cherrywood, maple and pine. However, today more sustainable woods are used like birch and oak. This is probably the biggest deviation in the shaker style but is being done for a good reason. It also ensures that if you do order a shaker kitchen, that it’ll be made in the most sustainable way possible. It also reflects the nature of the Shaker lifestyle, which was close to nature by being very agricultural.

Shaker Doors Go With Any Handle And Colour

Because of the easygoing design, shaker doors are very versatile and can go with a range of fixtures and fittings. So when it comes to choosing handles and cabinet colours, shaker doors can suit almost anything. Traditionally, wooden handles would be used in shaker kitchens, but the trend nowadays is going away from wooden handles and leaning towards metal handles like stainless steel, satin nickel and brass.

And as well as suiting any type of handle, pull or knob, the shaker door can also suit a range of colours too. Probably working best with muted colours, the colour palettes shaker doors can work with include neutrals, greys, greens, blues and reds.

They’re Not Just For The Kitchen

Whilst shaker doors are traditionally associated with shaker kitchens, the shaker style has started to break out into other rooms in the house. Shaker doors are starting to adorn different pieces of furniture in different rooms, including wardrobes in the bedroom and cabinets in the living room. You can even find the shaker style on the drawers in a chest of drawers too. So no matter where you are in your house, you can add the shaker style to your room’s design, and with the shaker design you know your house’s interior design is proofed for the future.

Eve Crabtree

Eve Crabtree is a journalist with a passion for interior design. She keeps up to date with the latest trends in the interior industry and regularly tests her hand at crafting and redecorating during her spare time.