29 December 2017

The Shaker door style is easily the most common kitchen door design. But why is it so popular and what are its origins?

The Shaker door design and indeed the basic Shaker kitchen concept owe their existence to the Shaker Christian – religious sect, founded in 18th century England and eventually settling in Colonial America. The name ‘Shaker’ is derived from the often ecstatic behaviour displayed during worship.

The Shaker lifestyle was one of simplicity and efficiency and these characteristics were carried through to the design of their furniture.

The true, original Shaker kitchen was devoid of any frivolity or decorative embellishments; walls featured pegs on which utensils and pans were hung, whilst the furniture itself featured a simplistic, plain, 5 x piece door design.
An outer, square edged 4 X piece frame (2 x side pieces known as stiles and 2 x top pieces, known as rails) held in place a flat centre panel.

Today, we have many subtle variations on the Shaker door design but its flexible design virtues means that there isn’t a single furniture brand that doesn’t offer a Shaker design within its furniture collection.

Why is the Shaker Door so Popular?

The simplicity of its design makes it both timeless and versatile. Dress the furniture with old style profiled granite, old style door knobs and a butler’s sink for a traditional town or farmhouse look.

Alternatively, use a modern - bright coloured – plain profiled worktop and splash-backs, together with stainless steel handles, appliances, accessories and a bold colour shade to achieve a chic design perfect for any modern living space.

RFK’s design and product flexibility means that the Shaker door design can be exploited to achieve whatever look you choose.