There’s a secret that will make all kitchens look amazing: choosing classic kitchen cabinet styles

Between the shiny, new appliances, gorgeous countertops, and expensive decor, it’s no secret that we spend a lot of money on kitchens. In fact, Houzz recently compiled information and published the 2019 Kitchen Trends Report indicating that the average spend on a kitchen remodel is $11,000.

How can you get the most bang out of your buck so you aren’t spending $11,000 every five years on a kitchen remodel? The secret lies in your kitchen cabinet styles. In choosing a style that will withstand the test of time, you’ll save yourself time, money, and frustration. 

What kitchen cabinet styles should you choose for your new kitchen? The shaker door style is one of our top contenders. Below we’re spilling all the secrets on why the shaker door style will never go out of style.

What is a Shaker Style Cabinet Door?

These kitchen cabinet styles are made of a 5-piece construction, a flat recessed center panel surrounded by a raised square frame. This simple construction allows them to last for decades with regular care and maintenance.

]The classic lines (as you can see in the above Fabuwood Cabinetry kitchen) help to give this door style an elegant look. Plus, designers and homeowners like the versatility of the shaker door style as it can be easily paired with any kitchen style you can dream of – farmhouse, traditional, and modern.

What are the Key Characteristics of the Shaker Door?

This simple and classic door style encompasses the following details:

  • Great style for natural wood finishes including oak, maple, and cherry
  • Comes paint-ready
  • Clean, elegant look
  • Raised outer frame beveled at 90-degree angle to create a shadow effect
  • Outer frame helps to strengthen the cabinet door

The Origins of the Shaker Door

This door style was inspired by the historical shaker furniture style. It represents the core ethics of the Shaker society: strength and stability. These two characteristics are achieved from the efficient and practical design. 

The shaker door style has been around for over 100 years, and is the basis of influence for many home interiors. It’s really no wonder why this door style remains as one of the most popular styles for many cabinet manufacturers.

The Modern Day Shaker Door

While this door style was originally based on the Shaker furniture style which, unfortunately, lacked decoration and details; nowadays, the shaker door has been modernized through the addition of subtle elements such as finishes and hardware. 

Due to the flat center panel, the shaker door is a wonderful canvas that showcases the natural beauty of wood grain and stained finishes. If you’re looking to add a large splash of color to your kitchen, this door style also works with a laminated or painted finish, another modern twist to this classic door.

Some cabinet manufacturers add a beadboard or decorative edging to the stiles and rails of the door creating a touch of elegance. The more details added to shaker kitchen cabinet styles, the more they can complement a range of kitchen designs from a modern bathroom to a chef-inspired kitchen and any style in between.

3 Reasons Why Shaker Doors are so Popular for Homeowners

The shaker door style features simple, clean lines which gives you a variety of finish options to choose from. Our designers here at H.J. Oldenkamp have seen a trend for both white and gray shaker doors, but those are just two options. Shaker kitchen door cabinet styles look beautiful with a paint, stain, and sheen. You can even dress them up with decorative pulls – the sky is truly the limit. 

We also think the affordable price range of the shaker style door is another reason why it’s such a crowd pleaser. From a value series to semi-custom cabinet lines, there is a shaker door that can fit within just about any budget. 

The shaker door style is also seen as timeless. Building your dream home or remodeling a kitchen is a once in a lifetime experience. Choosing a classic cabinet style, such as the shaker, will guarantee that you’re investing in cabinets that will withstand the test of time.

Take Your Shaker Pick at H.J. Oldenkamp

We have a few different cabinet lines that offer shaker kitchen cabinet door styles

Merillat® Classic is one of our mid-price range cabinet lines. With a 25-year limited warranty, new finishes and stylish options, this cabinet line is known as “America’s Kitchen”, and it’s easy to see why. Merillat® Classic offers a variety of shaker kitchen cabinet styles cabinet options including the Marlin, Ralston, Tolani, and Vance. 

Featuring a limited lifetime warranty, wide range of finish options, proprietary topcoat, and custom sizes within 1/16-inch, Merillat® Masterpiece is one of the semi-custom cabinet lines we offer. Two popular shaker door styles are the Carlin and Mesa.

Mid Continent Cabinetry is another semi-custom cabinet line where the styles and custom paint options are truly endless. With a limited lifetime warranty and a wide selection of moldings and wood hood, Mid Continent Cabinetry is a great cabinet line for those wanting a more specific look. Some popular shaker door styles include the Adams, Lewis, and Allen.

Fabuwood, one of our mid-price range cabinet lines, has a 5-year limited warranty, a variety of modification options, semi-custom, and is made with an all-plywood box. There are two shaker kitchen cabinet styles: Galaxy and Discovery. 

Quality Cabinets offers two popular shakers: Peterson and Reagan. Both are met with 18 paint and stain options, soft-close hinges  and top quality cabinet construction

A great value, Woodstar cabinets have a 3-year limited warranty, are budget-friendly, and have 5 door styles and 6 color options available. Three popular shaker doors in the Quality Cabinet Woodstar Series are Derby, Kittery, and Maddie.

Made in America, Kountry Wood Products has 21 finish options, 10 door styles, and is our most affordable cabinet line. This eco-friendly product offers a range of shaker doors including Harmony (which HJO stocks in Lava Cherry) and Jamestown.

All of these styles offer smooth finishes and are perfect for residential and commercial projects.

Final Thoughts on Kitchen Cabinet Styles

Cabinets make a bold statement in both kitchens and bathrooms. Depending on the cabinet line, you could be faced with a plethora of door styles, drawer fronts, and side panels. If you’re wanting to achieve a classic look that will never go out of style, the shaker door is your best bet. Not only will you see the value but this door style can really elevate any type of space. To learn more about kitchen cabinet styles, please feel free to call our customer service team at 800-462-6047.