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What is a Shaker kitchen?

Shaker kitchen doors and cabinets, as well as Shaker drawers, are a style of kitchen units that feature a flat centre panel and square edges, with minimal detailing or profiling. Shaker cabinet designs are often symmetrical and shy away from intricate carvings and ornamentation. Shaker style furniture has been around for centuries, and is one of the most popular kitchen designs used to date. Most interior designers pair shaker cupboards and drawers with many modern designs.





Shaker style cabinets and shaker style doors get their name from the United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing, more commonly known as Shakers. Originating from Manchester, this religious group was formed in the 18th century after breaking away from the religious group, the Quakers. Before separating from the Quakers, the religious sect were known as the Shaking Quakers due to the ecstatic movements they used during worship.





This celibate and self-sufficient community emigrated to America and spread out across New England, where they handcrafted high-quality shaker style furniture that was renowned for its craftsmanship and high standards.





With timeless design and honest craftsmanship, it is no wonder that Shaker furniture is so popular – especially their Shaker doors, which have become a universally loved design. The panelled doors, solid wood frames, dovetail, mortise and tenon joints have all become a staple in the modern 21st Century kitchen. However, it is fair to say that the modern adaptation of Shaker furniture holds a different ethos to the simplistic one of the Shakers, as different colours and bespoke designs are used to suit an individual’s style.


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