The Humble Beginnings of Shaker Furniture
Shaker furniture has humble beginnings in a 19th century religious community, but has since become one of the most notable furniture styles in the world. Ironic, as the Shakers crafted their furniture with God in mind, and detested glamour or fame. The Shakers were serious about crafting for usability, rather than crafting for style, making their furniture totally functional and unadorned.
Many furniture styles have come and gone since Shaker furniture’s beginnings–but Shaker style remains largely unchanged, and still adored.
What is the appeal to this timeless furniture style?
- Shaker style furniture is built with minimal or no ornamentation. Their forms were basic, and followed function. Their buildings and their furniture were designed for a certain task or purpose and each piece of furniture was designed with symmetry in mind.
- Shaker style furniture is plain, utilitarian, and uniform. Most of it was movable or built in to the walls.
- Shaker furniture is simplistic and versatile enough to blend in with a variety of home decor styles. It can easily be mixed and matched with any style, or used on its own for a minimalist Shaker replication aesthetic.
- Shaker style furniture is built to last, and people love the solid craftsmanship associated with this style.
Perhaps it’s the cluttered and busy nature of our daily routines that urge us to seek simplicity in our home decor, or the comfortable, nostalgic feeling that Shaker furniture gives you that makes it such a popular style. Whatever the reason, we’re happy to provide 6 expertly crafted collections of Shaker style furniture, reminiscent of authentic Shaker pieces:
- Modern Shaker Furniture
- American Shaker Furniture
- Vermont Shaker Furniture
- New England Shaker Furniture
- Classic Shaker Furniture
- Renfrew Shaker Furniture
Shaker Style Furniture on Sale at Vermont Woods Studios
From May 29th to June 18th, Shaker furniture is on sale! You have the opportunity to buy beautiful Shaker style furniture at a fraction of typical costs. Buy 1 piece and save 10%, buy 2 pieces and save 15%, or buy 3+ pieces and save 20%! See more details about the sale here!
Cherry Shaker Furniture is a Staple of the Traditional New England Home
In any traditionally inspired New England home you are sure to find handcrafted Cherry wood furniture. Shaker furniture in particular has been a favorite style for decades, and there’s no end to this trend in sight. The elegant look of Cherry wood combined with the simplicity of Shaker furniture creates a truly timeless match. Cherry Shaker furniture is versatile, elegant, and the perfect addition to any traditional home. No matter where you live, this furniture style will give your space the feeling of a classic New England home.
Cherry Shaker furniture will work with any color scheme, and as seen in the photo above, looks marvelous with shades of green. No matter the color of your room, Shaker furniture in Cherry wood will help you create a look that is comfortable yet polished. Built for function but never lacking in chic Shaker style.
Your master bedroom will look charming and New England inspired with our finely crafted Cherry Shaker furniture. Unadorned and subtle, you could live in the city and still feel like you are waking up in a rural Vermont farmhouse.
Share meals with your closest friends and family around Vermont crafted Shaker tables and chairs that are inspired by a 200+ year heritage of Yankee woodworking. Cherry Shaker furniture is durable and makes the perfect base for your traditionally inspired dining space.
What do you think of Cherry Shaker furniture? Would you add it to your home? Let us know in the comments section!
Everyone loves the idea of having a solid wood custom Shaker dining table handcrafted just for them. What’s not to love? Pick your favorite wood, order the table to fit perfectly into your dining room…a handcrafted dining table, made especially for you by skilled craftsmen in Vermont who use sustainably harvested hardwoods. Add in a lifetime guarantee and who could argue?
But if you have a small dining room or kitchen area, you might have some reservations. We can assure you that if you’ve been worried about finding a great round Shaker table to fit your small space, we have some wonderful options for you! These 3 round shaker tables are a handpicked selection sure to fit your unique dining room size. While most of our Shaker dining room tables are very customizable, the following picks are some of our favorites.
1. Custom Round Shaker Table
Our eco-friendly Vermont-Made Shaker Custom Round Table is handcrafted in Vermont by skilled artisans. Customize this round shaker table to make it perfect for your home, it is available in a number of options!
2. New England Shaker Round Extension Pedestal Table
This sturdy New England Shaker Round Extension Pedestal Table is a great extension table for the kitchen, dining room, or as a game table in your family room. Hand-crafted using real, solid woods in America.
3. Classic Shaker Round Dining Table
Our Classic Round Shaker Table features simple, modern tapered legs. Each table is handmade in Vermont by skilled craftsman using natural solid hardwoods and traditional joinery.
All of our round shaker tables and chairs are made by craftsmen in Vermont from sustainably harvested hardwood. A great thing about our furniture is it is made just for you! As you browse our online gallery, you will notice that most of our furniture is shown in solid cherry wood, but be sure to look at the hardwood options! You can customize most of your furniture in your choice of natural Cherry, Maple, Oak, or Walnut woods. This allows you to create your own solid wood dining set that is perfect for you and your home.
If you are a lover of beautiful, elegantly styled Shaker furniture–you will love our Classic Shaker collection. Defined by it’s gentle curved legs, smooth edges and solid wood construction, any living room would benefit from the timeless appeal of this collection.
A Bit of History about the Shakers
Designed and built over 200 years ago by the American Shaker religious group, this simple but elegant furniture style has a truly timeless quality that makes sense for any home. Shaker furniture designs make the perfect complementary pieces for your traditional, transitional, rustic or modern living room. Shaker tables, chairs, buffets, china cabinets, beds, dressers and chests can be added to any decor to achieve the functionality you need while creating a stylish, comfortable look. Mix and match your shaker furniture with other styles for a more eclectic aesthetic.
While Shaker communities were once vibrant and thriving, there are now only 3 Shakers left. Brother Arnold Hadd and his two elderly sisters practice their faith at Sabbathday Lake’s Shaker Village in New Glouster Maine. It’s the worlds last active Shaker Community. This video of Brother Arnold describes the faith and the inspiration behind Shaker furniture design:
“That “classic” Shaker style is well represented here in strong, unassuming cupboards, tables, desks and chests of drawers; delicately crafted oval wooden nesting boxes; inviting, wide-mouthed wooden bowls; tightly woven rugs and baskets; and sprightly, no-nonsense ladder-back chairs. Made of chestnut, walnut, flame birch and bird’s-eye maple, these lightweight, sturdy chairs have rhythmically dynamic woven cane and checkerboard tape seats. They could be easily hung on wall pegs to allow for the ecstatic “shaking” dancing prayers for which the “Believers” became commonly known.”
Featured Pieces from the Classic Shaker Furniture Collection
1. Classic Shaker Oval Table: This oval coffee table makes the perfect base for your Classic Shaker styled living room. The curved legs and rounded top give it a soft, lightweight look while still maintaining its solid build. Made to order in Vermont, this piece can be crafted in Cherry, Maple, Oak or Walnut.
3. Classic Shaker Sofa Table: Our tall, narrow Classic Shaker Sofa Table with Flare Legs is perfect for your living room, den or hallway. Add luxury, style and convenience to your upscale home with extra space to place gloves or display photos, vases or artwork.
All three of these finely crafted pieces are made to order in Vermont and are sure to add warmth and sophistication to your space. While we only highlighted three in this blog, we also have a variety of other pieces in the collection for different rooms in the home. Which piece is your favorite? Let us know in the comments section!