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Shaker Kitchens in Wirral. What Are Shaker Kitchens?

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If you are looking for Shaker kitchens in Wirral, you are definitely in the right place. This blog post looks at Shaker kitchens, their distinctive appearance, and where they get their name. 

Where does the name “Shaker” come from?

The Shakers are a religious group founded in 1783 in England that were originally part of the Quakers. They became known as the Shakers because they were considered “Shaking Quakers” due to their restless way of worshipping. However, their official name is The United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearance. Unfortunately, they were subjected to religious persecution, so they fled to the United States. 

The Shakers believe in equality of the races and sexes and are pacifists in favour of communal property ownership. But due to their strong belief in celibacy, their numbers have significantly dropped over the years. 

What are Shaker kitchens?

Shaker kitchens are characterised by a minimalist design with recessed panel doors and a lack of decoration. The focus is on craftsmanship and practical design, with wooden cabinets with dovetail joints. They have simple lines with an understated elegance that has lasted throughout the years. 

This simple design, with practicality in mind, is deliberately modest because the Shakers needed to create furniture from bare essentials, free from unnecessary embellishments or accessories. Due to this lack of fussiness, you will surely be able to find a Shaker kitchen to suit any home and fit any budget.

The traditional approach to craftsmanship

Creating something was a form of meditative prayer for the Shakers. The philosophy was that utility is beauty and that adding unneeded decorations or features would be a form of self-indulgence. 

And yet, they were rather fond of dancing, which is another reason their creations were so simple. They liked furniture that was lightweight and easy to move about. This could explain why turned and tapered legs are a particular feature of Shaker furniture.

The Shaker style still lives on

Because the Shakers were so focused on practicality, they invented several things that are still used to this day—for example, the flat-faced broom and the spring-loaded clothes peg.

Shaker items were designed for their intended purpose without any unnecessary additional details. This resulted in extremely detailed joinery with precision craftsmanship. The resulting Shaker kitchens came to be known as unassuming and sleek yet entirely practical.

Shaker kitchens were initially created many years ago but have since developed beyond their humble origins. If you search the web, you will undoubtedly find many images of Shaker kitchens. So it seems that many people do prefer the elegant yet simple and practical kitchens that the Shaker style provides. 

For Shaker kitchens in Wirral, look no further than Mayfair Kitchens. We have over 30 years of experience in designing and fitting kitchens, so you can be sure you are in safe hands with us. We are confident that you will find a Shaker kitchen that perfectly fits your home. So visit our Wirral showroom or contact us to get started today.


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