10 Timeless & Trendy Reasons that Shaker Cabinets Are So Popular


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Shaker style kitchen cabinets remain one of the most popular choices in kitchen design. Even though this minimalist style dates back to the 1700’s, it is still regarded as a “modern look” in 2020’s.

While the core design principles of Shaker cabinets have remained the same throughout the centuries, the quality of these cabinets has only increased while they have continued to become more and more affordable.

If you’re not yet sold on Shaker cabinets, here are 10 more reasons you should choose this design for your kitchen:

1) Simplicity for Luxurious Minimalism

A minimalist style is super chic. It is sharp, clean, and suggests the luxury of choice. Plus, it can be calming, as your senses are not overloaded with design clutter.

Unlike other cabinets with trim, molding, and extra design elements, Shaker cabinets feature simple, clear lines that fit in a minimalist environment. 


2) Highlight the Other Elements in Your Kitchen

Shaker cabinets will never be the “star” of a kitchen. Instead, they provide the perfect backdrop so that you can highlight the other elements of your kitchen…the ones you actually want people to notice.

Did you invest in gorgeous countertops, brand-new appliances, or a signature piece of wall art? Let these take center stage, while your Shaker cabinets play a much-need supporting role of hiding away your clutter.

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3) White Never Goes Out of Style

Shaker cabinets are traditionally white. And white is one of those classic neutrals that is always in demand.

Plus, if you don’t like pure white, you can always find Shaker cabinets in shades of ivory, cream, light gray, and other neutrals.


4) Wood Never Goes Out of Style

Shaker cabinets are traditionally made out of wood, so they are sturdy and guaranteed to last.

Wood can evoke an old-fashioned, rustic appeal. Or it can look completely modern, especially with the current trend for artisanal goods. 


5) Cost-Effective

Cabinets can be one of the most expensive elements of a new kitchen. Thankfully, because they require less millwork, Shaker cabinets are often one of the more cost-effective cabinet choices.

This means your money can go toward weighty hardware, expensive stone countertops, or new appliances. You can get a dream kitchen without having to take out a second mortgage.

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6) Simple to Clean

One of the benefits of the clean lines of a Shaker cabinet is that the design is easy to keep clean.

You don’t have to worry about getting into all the nooks and crannies or an ornate cabinet design. Instead, you should just be able to wipe down your doors with a cloth and mild detergent, then oil it once-a-year or so with a wood oil.


7) Pairs Well with Open Shelves

If you want to feature kitchen accessories on open shelves, Shaker cabinets will complement your design.

Let eyes be drawn to the fancy pitcher or beautiful vase or rows of blue glassware you display on open shelves without being distracted by the nearby cabinetry. 


8) Pairs Well with an Intricate Backsplash

If you love a beautiful, intricate tile design for your kitchen backsplash, you want to make sure your cabinets won’t visually compete for attention.

Shaker cabinets with their minimalist design and neutral colors make an ideal contrast to a colorful kitchen backsplash.

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9) Perfect for Transitions 

Is your kitchen in transition? If so, Shaker cabinets can remain a stabilizing element throughout the transformation.

Maybe you want to go from a classic style kitchen to contemporary, or vice versa – if so, your Shaker cabinets will continue to be a good fit, even if you have to achieve your design piecemeal overtime.

Or, if you’re considering putting your home up for sale, Shaker style cabinets can help make your kitchen market-ready.


10) Available Ready-To-Assemble

Can’t wait for your new kitchen? Luckily, Shaker cabinets are available quickly in ready-to-assemble form and can be installed in no time.

Find out more about our Essex White Shaker, Castle Gray Shaker, or Trenton Ivory Shaker cabinets among others in our ready-to-assemble collection.

If you’re interested in exploring possibilities for new kitchen cabinets (including quality ready-to-assemble cabinets!), our team here at RTA Wood Cabinets will be happy to help! We’ll even gift you a FREE consultation call with an expert kitchen designer. You can schedule yours today by calling: 1-800-788-7575.