Known today as the stuff of "Antiques Roadshow" dreams, Shaker-made furniture and cabinets have a look that can blend seamlessly in a variety of settings, from vintage to modern. They are simple classics that never go out of style. Here are a few reasons why homeowners continue to flock to Shaker kitchen cabinets.
The cost depends on the type of wood used, as well as the size of the cabinets. On average, you can expect to pay between $1,400 and $2,000 for a 10x10 set of Shaker kitchen cabinets. Get a price quote for cabinet installation rates in your area.
Shaker kitchen cabinets are known for their hardy construction and attention to detail, so they will certainly last for decades to come.
Like most other wood cabinets, Shaker kitchen cabinets are fairly easy to maintain. Simply wipe them down with a clean, damp cloth to get rid of every day dirt and grime. For tougher stains use a mixture of dishwashing detergent and warm water. Avoid abrasive cleaners that will strip the stain, and always dry the cabinets after cleaning.
If you’re looking for a Japanese, Arts & Crafts or Mission quality in your kitchen, warm-toned Shaker-style cabinets in indigenous American woods like cherry, maple, or even pine with a mellow or dark stain are the perfect choice. You can choose hardware with an old-fashioned, handmade look, but keep it simple.
The same cabinets, with a painted and glazed finish, work well in a contemporary country theme. Painted or enameled, or with a clear finish on wood, they’re right at home with glass, stainless steel, and other 21st-century touches.
The Shakers were not ones for excess adornment, and neither are Shaker cabinets. Drawers and doors consist of a plain panel framed in plain wood, perhaps recessed, perhaps flush.
The Shaker style was an early adopter of frameless construction, with a seamless surface of door and drawer fronts, hidden hinges and no visible cabinet frames. Today, depending on the desired look, Shaker-style cabinets are available in both traditional or frameless construction, as well as a hybrid of the two.
Shaker furniture first appeared on the scene toward the end of the 18th century in the eastern United States. The religious movement that became known as the Shakers (officially, the United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing) established numerous communities and became known for their fine handcrafts, including furniture.
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