Everything You Need to Know About Shaker–Style Cabinets

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Shaker-style cabinets continue to be some of the most popular kitchen sets we sell at CS Hardware. The classic, clean design of shaker cabinets and doors never goes out of style and can be adapted to design trends like colored cabinets, two-tone cabinets, or statement hardware. If you’re thinking about a budget-friendly kitchen remodel with ready-to-assemble cabinets, consider humble yet elegant RTA shaker cabinet collections from CS Hardware.

What are Shaker-Style Cabinets?

Technically speaking, a shaker-style cabinet is any minimally designed cabinet with a four-panel frame around an inset face. Think of a basic rectangular picture frame around the front of the cabinet door, and you’re imagining a shaker-style cabinet. These cabinets were originally designed in the 1700s by the ascetic Shaker religious community, an offshoot of Quakers, who observed modesty, practicality, and simplicity. Today, shaker-style cabinets remain unadorned in the same pleasingly understated simple-box-frame construction. Shaker cabinets usually feature dovetail or other seamless joining and expert craftsmanship. They’ve stood the test of time because they look great, work well, and add a symmetrical balance to kitchen design.

Are Shaker Cabinets Outdated?

Shaker cabinets have been in style for 250 years and counting, so it’s unlikely that choosing RTA shaker cabinets will mean your kitchen is outdated in 10-15 years, or ever. Because of their modest design, shaker cabinets offer a timeless look that can be customized according to taste. The shaker kitchen supports modern, rustic, farmhouse, coastal, industrial, or traditional design themes. The current blue and green kitchen cabinet trend looks great on shaker cabinets. A classic all-white kitchen gets texture and symmetry from the perfect geometry of the shaker-style door frame, so the white doesn’t overpower. Browse CS Hardware RTA shaker cabinets to find numerous white, gray, and black kitchen sets as well as dark wood cabinets and outdoor kitchen cabinets.

What’s the Difference Between Shaker and European Cabinets?

The main difference between shaker and European cabinets is the door face. Shaker cabinets have a frame, and European cabinets do not. European cabinets have a smooth cabinet door face for a very sleek look. Think Ikea cabinets or modern Scandinavian cabinets, and you get the idea. European cabinets are sometimes referred to as “frameless cabinets” while the shaker style is called a “framed cabinet.” Our Modern Glass White RTA kitchen cabinets are a great example of the European style.

Creating a Shaker Kitchen With RTA Cabinets From CS Hardware

If shaker-style cabinetry suits your design taste, then remodeling or building a new kitchen with ready-to-assemble shaker cabinets from CS Hardware is a simple process. We offer birch and maple kitchen cabinets with sturdy plywood frames that assemble easily with common household tools. Our shaker collections come with various base cabinets, wall cabinets, and specialty cabinets like pantries, tall kitchen cabinets, utility or storage cabinets, and cabinets specifically designed to fit into corners. Each one offers different cabinet accessories in case you want glass-ready doors, panels, moldings, or storage racks. Browse popular lines like our all-wood birch Arcadia White Shaker or our natural-finish Allure Imperio Nickel Series, a soft gray shaker cabinet by Fabuwood. We work with American suppliers, so your shaker kitchen ships from within the United States, getting to you much quicker than products from overseas suppliers or custom cabinetry. If you want to get started, but aren’t sure where to begin, drop us a message, and we’ll walk you through the process. When you choose to work with CS Hardware, we’re with you every step of the way, from design choices to cabinet assembly and installation. If you’ve always wanted a shaker-style kitchen, we can help make it happen.