The shaker door style, a simple and minimalistic design, originated in the 18th century with the Shaker religious sect. Shaker-style doors became popular in the early 1900s, and they have resurfaced in popularity over the last decade. This is because shaker doors, which are typically comprised of a panel door with a simple border around the edges, have risen to popularity in tandem with transitional and modern farm design aesthetics.
In this article, we are going to take a look at the different design aspects and benefits of these doors and why architects, builders and remodelers should consider them for their next project.
Why Are Shaker Doors So Popular Today?
“It is their simple, timeless and versatile aesthetic that makes them very popular”.
Shaker doors typically feature a flat panel and square sticking, with a one-piece solid outer frame. It’s more common to see them painted, but they are sometimes made of wood— usually oak or maple. Some of the most recognizable characteristics of shaker doors include simple style and minimal adornment, although there are always options to add designs that make them stand out (e.g. glass).
These doors can complement a variety of design styles and strike a positive balance between blending in and standing out. Their design makes it easy to carry a look across a whole room, especially in the kitchen and bathroom since most cabinets already feature this profile. In addition, the minimalistic approach of a shaker door can help homeowners save costs on other design components.
However, it’s important to remember that not all shaker doors are made the same. When choosing a manufacturer that offers this door style, make sure you search for one that uses certified, high-quality, sustainable materials.
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Where Are These Doors Mostly Used?
Due to their unique look, shaker doors are mostly used in transitional homes and the modern farmhouse architectural styles. However, they have started being used in modern homes as well, as more people choose them because they look great and can pair with many living spaces. The timelessness of their appearance combined with the options of details make them an ideal choice for many home styles. When it comes to geographic location, shaker doors are frequently found in the west and Midwest regions, although this trend is growing all over the country.
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The shaker door style complements many architectural styles and other details in a home. They can be built in a variety of applications (i.e., swing, pocket, or barn). When made by a quality manufacturer, the details are extra crisp and offer a durable weight, which signifies value throughout the home. Other details about the door can also be upgraded to make them stand out, such as replacing panels with glass or using a more unique sticking, such as quirk molding.
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