If you’re considering a kitchen remodel, your list of decisions is probably overwhelming: should we add an island? Traditional or brushed stainless steel appliances? White subway tile or black?
One of the most important decisions you’ll make when redesigning a new kitchen is your cabinets. Cabinets can be nearly a third of your total remodel cost, so it’s crucial that you choose an option you’re happy with today, as well as one that will stand the test of time.
While kitchen design options go in and out of style, there’s one kitchen fixture that remains timeless, traditional, and eye-catching: shaker white cabinets. Read on to learn more about shaker cabinets, including their many benefits and options for a custom look.
Where Does the Term “Shaker” Originate?
Shaker cabinets take their name from the late 18th century Colonial movement in America, when the Shakers (a Christian sect offshoot from the Quakers) began a style movement that leaned toward the simple and functional.
This style reflected the uncomplicated and no-frills lifestyle that the Shakers desired, and they incorporated these values into their buildings, homes, and furnishings. The Shakers didn’t want to waste material (or overuse it!) so they built for function, not form.
Another perk to this movement? Quality and strength of materials. The Shakers used only the best materials, like durable woods.
What Are Shaker White Cabinets?
As you might expect, today’s modern usage of the Shaker design style has resulted in clean, sleek furnishings without ornate design or fancy molding.
Shaker white cabinets tend to have very simple door designs with a single panel. There aren’t any ornate designs like ribbons, ropes, or geometric images.
Additionally, the cabinets are often made from real wood like cherry, birch, or oak. Some parts of the cabinet may be made with warp-resistant MDF board, as well. These cabinets are nearly always made with invisible hinges, so you won’t have to deal with unappealing metal hardware on the outside of your new cabinet.
Cabinets can be ordered in a white color direct from the manufacturer, or unfinished cabinets can be painted white after installation. White paint comes in a variety of glossy or matte finishes, so ensure you’re familiar with the type of paint finish before you order your own cabinets.
Why Go White?
Of course, shaker cabinets do come in other colors, including a wide variety of wood stain colors. However, white cabinets remain a classic, clean look.
For resale value, white kitchen cabinets are highly-desired. Buyers often step into a kitchen hoping to picture themselves inside, cooking and enjoying time with loved ones. A colorful, ornate kitchen can be distracting to potential buyers, and if they don’t like the cabinets, they’ll see dollar signs as they consider the expense to replace them.
The light color can also make a small kitchen feel larger, and if well-maintained, white cabinets give the appearance of a spotlessly clean kitchen (which is important, since the kitchen is the hub of a household!)
Since white is also considered a neutral color, it can go with just about anything. In the future, you (or future buyers) can swap out tile backsplashes or paint colors while leaving the shaker white cabinets in place.
Finally, white cabinets also go well with a variety of appliance options, including black, stainless steel, or – you guessed it – even white!
Can I Order Specialty Cabinets?
Yes! Though many manufacturers design shaker white cabinets that can be ordered in standard sizes, there are also a variety of specialty cabinets available.
Examples include pantry cabinets (for a kitchen that doesn’t have a walk-in pantry,) spice rack cabinets, sheet pan cabinets, and even cabinets for unique appliance arrangements, like double ovens.
Another popular trend with shaker cabinets is to stagger the height and depth of the cabinets. This can offer a unique aesthetic appeal that makes your house guests go, “wow!”
This means that just because shaker cabinets are manufactured in a facility (rather than custom-built at your home) you can still find the exact cabinet needed for your individual needs.
How Do I Achieve the Custom Cabinet Look?
For many homeowners, shaker white cabinets are an appealing option, but they also want to achieve that custom look. Fear not! There are plenty of ways to customize your cabinets.
Many manufacturers offer a variety of cabinet door options, like plain or mullioned glass. You could include a wine rack with an under-mounted stem glass holder, or even design an island with a wine fridge or bookcase on one end. Some homeowners use upper cabinets on an island due to size restrictions, or stagger countertops for a fun eating bar design.
You can even utilize shaker cabinets in other rooms of your house, like a mudroom with coat rack, or an office with built-in bookshelves. Shaker cabinets can also be utilized for a bathroom remodel to achieve the same simple and clean look that homeowners desire.
Where Can I Order My Shaker Cabinets?
Shaker white cabinets are available to both homeowners and contractors. If you’ve never replaced your own cabinets and you’re not familiar with specific measuring guidelines, we suggest you seek a contractor’s assistance in measuring and ordering cabinets.
Cabinet measurements depend heavily on the size of the kitchen and space available, but also on the size of the appliances you’re planning to choose. A kitchen designer can help you with your design renderings before you place your order, so you don’t make an expensive mistake.
There are a variety of manufacturers and cabinet providers to choose from. We pride ourselves in high-quality, cost-effective cabinets that will be an excellent addition to your remodeled kitchen.
Contact us today to talk about your own shaker white cabinet design options! We promise you won’t be disappointed with your selection.