An introduction to shaker doors

Shaker doors have risen in popularity recently, but what are they? Here at Door Superstore we’ve created a quick introduction to shaker doors, what they are and why people love them.

What are shaker doors?

Shaker doors are typically internal doors or cabinet doors with a simple construction, designed with a central panel and a raised rectangular frame surrounding it. Shaker doors are traditionally known for their minimalist designs, with no decorative detailing or profiling.

Why are they called shaker doors?

The name shaker originated from the Shaker society – the nickname given to the United Society of Believes in Christ’s Second Appearing. After breaking away from the Quakers, they emigrated to America and settled in New England, where they were known for creating high quality furniture made from wood such as pine or cherry.

One of the key beliefs of the Shakers was that their work should be crafted to the highest standards, as their work was a testament to God, but they also believed that everything should have a purpose. The result was that their furniture was high quality yet practical and sturdy.

The shaker door is classically constructed with 5 pieces – the central panel, 2 rails and 2 stiles – which gives the door stability and structure. As with all furniture made by the Shakers, the shaker door has no decorative detailing, following the belief that spending time adding embellishments onto furniture is wasting time because it adds no practical benefits, but also that it appears dishonest or prideful. One of their common sayings is “whatever is fashioned, let it be plain and simple and for the good”.

Why are shaker doors growing in popularity?

The timeless and minimalist style of shaker doors is growing in popularity throughout homes and buildings in the UK. Previously, doors have been chosen for their intricate designs, statement pieces and fashion, whether it was the art deco designs of the twenties and thirties, or the elaborate Victorian designs. However as interior design has progressed, there has been a resurgence in shaker doors and cabinets.

Shaker doors are perfect for homes with minimalist interior designs, because the simplistic style of shaker doors, along with the lack of decorative embellishments gives the doors a clean and crisp finish. Additionally, shaker doors come in a range of colours, meaning that although the doors are of a minimalist and clean design, they can be matched to the decor of your home or property.

As well as the most traditional shaker doors, a number of other shaker-inspired doors have been manufactured. This includes simple 4 panel doors, glazed shaker doors and other variations on the traditional version of a shaker door. 

Want to know more about shaker doors?

If you’d like to know more about shaker doors, take a look at our range of shaker doors or give our team of experts a call on 01752 422 501 and they will be more than happy to help with any questions or queries.

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