Vanity Design: Shaker


With its simple lines and flawless construction, the shaker style has been a staple in cabinetry and furniture design since its creation by the Shaker community in the 18th century. Because of its ability to blend with most any style, shaker cabinetry is now at the forefront of kitchen and bath design.

Shaker design is based on the values and beliefs of the religious Shaker community, which focused on practicality, simplicity, and functionality. Based on these principles, today’s shaker style vanity cabinets feature clean lines, squared shapes, and minimal ornamentation. Shaker style vanities typically have paneled doors that may be referred to as frame-and-panel, or rail-and-stile construction. The legs on shaker style vanities are delicate and straight, sometimes with a slight taper.
Historically, shaker style cabinetry was crafted from local American woods such as pine, maple, and cherry, but present-day shaker designs can be found in a wide variety of materials. Wooden shaker vanities typically won’t feature the strong grain patterns that you might find on a mission style vanity. It is also very common for shaker style vanities to be painted or finished in a variety of colors.

  Hardware and Other Embellishments  
Keeping in line with the modest principles rooted in the style, original shaker cabinetry and furniture featured drawer pulls and handles that were made of carved or turned wood. Proof of the Shaker design’s versatility can be seen in the way it’s been able to adopt contemporary stylings with metal hardware that recalls the beauty of the Shaker origins while keeping up to date with the changes in material.