What Are Shaker Cabinets?

Kitchen with white countertops

What Are Shaker Cabinets?

When you’re remodeling your kitchen, it’s important to balance functionality with style. People spend a lot of time in their kitchens and should love the way they look. Choosing a classic cabinet style means your kitchen will stay elegant and timeless, regardless of changing trends. 

For these reasons, many people choose wooden Shaker cabinetry to finish their kitchen remodel. These cabinets blend seamlessly with a range of decor styles, including traditional, modern and farmhouse. Because of their wide appeal, they can increase the value of your home. 

At Panda Kitchen and Bath, we produce high-quality Shaker-style cabinets at affordable prices. We believe a beautiful home should be accessible to everyone, and our business model is designed to support that vision. Keep reading to learn more about Shaker cabinets and whether they’re the best choice for you!

Understanding the Origins of Shaker-Style Cabinets

Shaker cabinets are named after a group of English Quakers who came to America in the 1770s. Like many other immigrants, they were looking for a place where they could live without persecution. The name “Shakers” is derived from “shaking Quakers” and references the way they danced during worship

Shakers were celibate and lived in communities that shared all things in common. To grow their community, they adopted children and gained adult converts. Because of their religious beliefs, they spent many hours perfecting handcrafts like carpentry. 

Shaker furniture became renowned for its simple lines and high quality. When the first power tools became available, these makers quickly adopted them to improve their processes. Although the Shakers dwindled in the early 1900s, many modern companies still make furniture in the Shaker style because it’s so highly valued. 

What Is Shaker Cabinetry?

Shaker cabinets are a specific cabinet style defined by their functionality and simple aesthetic. Many designers and homeowners choose Shaker cabinets over other options because of these characteristics:

  • Simple design
  • Clean lines
  • Quality materials
  • Modern feel
  • Versatile style

Because of their simple lines and quality materials, Shaker cabinets are easy to clean and care for. They haven’t gone out of style for over 200 years, so you can install them with confidence — they’re a classic addition to your home that will stay relevant and appropriate for years to come.

What Is a Shaker-Style Door? 

Each Shaker cabinet door has a center panel, with two rails and two stiles along the cabinet door edges. These raised pieces are typically left with square edges, although they’re sometimes smoothed into a rounded shape. 

You can find Shaker cabinets with slightly different styles — some come with glass center panels or beadboard, while others have multiple layers of rails and stiles. They are traditionally made of hardwoods and then either painted or stained. Modern cabinets are sometimes built with medium-density fiberwood (MDF) or plywood. 

The Design Versatility of Shaker Cabinets

Decorating with Shaker cabinets is easy because of their minimalist design. They become a blank canvas and allow other elements of your kitchen, like tile designs, hardware and textiles, to shine. When you choose these cabinets in a neutral tone, they provide the perfect backdrop for a modern, minimalist space. 

Here are just a few of the design styles that Shaker cabinetry works well with: 

  • Minimalist
  • Modern
  • Traditional
  • Farmhouse
  • Early American
Kitchen with dark cabinets and white countertops

If you want to incorporate clean lines and timeless style into your kitchen or bathroom, Shaker cabinetry is a great option. Although these kitchen cabinets are traditionally a light color, you can also paint them a bold shade like dark navy, tropical green or cherry red. You could also add patterned contact paper to add more personalization.

Redecorating a kitchen or bath with neutral Shaker cabinets is easy. Simply change the color scheme with new hand towels, rugs and a fresh coat of paint on the walls. It’s easy to make this style your own because it provides stability and a sense of fresh modernity to your space. 

A Shaker kitchen gives a sense of handcrafted charm to your home. It makes a space feel intentional, updated and valuable. Regardless of the age of your home, Shaker cabinets will bring a sense of history and timeless tradition to your space. 

Storage Solutions and Possibilities

If you’re looking for a stylish storage solution, Shaker cabinets are a good option for your space. They come in many sizes to fit your home so you can achieve maximum storage and a design that flows nicely. 

Panda Kitchen and Bath offers a range of Shaker cabinets, including: 

  • Corner cabinets
  • Cabinet drawer bases
  • Overhead cabinets
  • Open-end shelves
  • Wine racks
  • Oven cabinets

Our cabinets come in different dimensions so you can plan a layout that suits your home. We offer a wide variety of shapes and sizes, making it easy for you to achieve your storage goals while maintaining continuity in your space. 

Some homeowners prefer Shaker cabinets with glass doors so it’s easy to see what’s inside each cabinet. Others would rather have opaque wooden panels to create a sense of calm and simplicity. Both storage solutions are available with Shaker cabinetry!

Incorporating Shaker Cabinets Into Your Home and Kitchen

There are many benefits to choosing this style, both practically and aesthetically. It can only add value to your home and your daily experience of living. 

In addition to your kitchen, Shaker cabinets are also a solid choice for bathroom cabinetry, such as vanities or towel storage. If you have a crafting space or want to add built-ins to another room in your home, you can easily use Shaker cabinets throughout your house because they're so customizable. You could even integrate Shaker cabinets into a home bar.

There is a reason these cabinets have been popular for so long — they’re stylish, versatile and charming. You can install them with confidence throughout your home, knowing they’ll add value and enhance your interior design for a long time. 

Find Shaker Cabinets at Panda Kitchen and Bath

Silver fridge surrounded by white shaker cabinets

Upgrade your kitchen or bathroom space with Shaker cabinets from Panda Kitchen and Bath. We offer a variety of cabinet sizes, shapes and finishes so you can design a beautiful, affordable room. You can also find ready-to-assemble (RTA) shaker cabinets in our stock for quick assembly on-site. 

Panda Kitchen and Bath was designed to make quality cabinetry more affordable for families. By owning and operating several manufacturing plants, we can keep products stocked and costs down for customers. We want our customers to have a home they love at a price they can afford. 

Browse our products today to find the perfect Shaker cabinets for your home. We can’t wait to hear from you!