Shaker cabinetry is the most common style of kitchen cabinet today and is characterized by the square recessed panel on the door. It got its name from Shaker-style furniture, which features simple, clean lines and emphasizes practicality. While many traditional styles have become less popular over the years, Shaker has only become more widespread.
A Shaker cabinet is much more simple in design then raised panels. It also has a center panel and an overlay around the edge. The difference between the two, is that the Shaker panel and edge are completely plain and minimalist in design. There is no decorative carving or raising in either the panel or the overlay. The center panel itself is completely flat, like a slab cabinet door, and the overlay around the edge is very sleek and plain.