Shaker Style

“Shaker style” describes furnishings and interiors that are both warm and simple, centered on unpretentious wooden chairs, tables and cabinets without ornament or embellishment. The term derives from the popular name for an all-but-vanished American religious sect, whose members crafted honest, modest household furniture and objects as part of their belief in purposeful living and simplicity in all things.


Members of the United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing — called Shakers, derisively, because they writhed and danced in religious ecstasy during worship — arrived in the United States from England in 1774. Within 50 years, the sect had established 19 self-sufficient communities from Maine to Kentucky, where they lived pure, humble and industrious lives..The furniture and objects the Shakers made reflected their strict rules of behavior. Pieces such as ladder– and slat-back chairs and trestle tables were painstakingly crafted from native woods like maple and cherry, using traditional methods such as mortise-and-tenon and dovetail joinery and lathe turning. They employed strong, straight lines and symmetrical proportions, and decoration of any kind — carving, veneers, inlays — was prohibited, as it would encourage the sins of pride and vanity. The Shakers movement included some 6,000 members at its peak in the 1860s, but the group practiced celibacy and could attempt to sustain their flock only by recruiting new adherents. Modernity proved too alluring. Today only one tiny Shaker community, in Maine, still exists, though the sect’s heritage is preserved at several historical sites.


Genuine Shaker antiques are hard to come by, but not exceedingly rare — to support their communities, the Shakers sold furniture to outsiders, who appreciated its superb quality. While the “Shaker style” label is today given to many plain, simple wooden pieces, it should also denote superior construction and solid materials. As elements in interior design, Shaker furnishings work best in a quiet decor. Modest pieces such as these can become lost among more ornate works. The style is most suitable to a country home — although a Shaker chair or cabinet can make a striking counterpoint in a modernist, urban setting. As you will see on these pages, Shaker furniture and objects have a deep appeal for their warmth, honesty and graceful simplicity, which make them welcome almost anywhere.

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Dibbet Stool in Oxidized Oak

By De JONG & Co.
Dibbet Stool in Oxidized Oak
De JONG & Co.
2010s American Shaker Stools
Oak
A versatile piece of furniture, the Dibbet stool functions as seating, an ottoman, or a side table. Reminiscent of shaker or early frontier furniture. The thick seat is hand-carved with...
American Shaker Ladder Back Armchair, Early 19th Century
American Shaker Ladder Back Armchair, Early 19th C...
Antique Early 19th Century American Shaker Armchairs
Wood
American Shaker ladder back chair, early 19th century, origin: America.
Arched Shaker Full Length Floor Mirror in White Oakwood

By Peter Coolican
Arched Shaker Full Length Floor Mirror in White Oa...
Peter Coolican
2010s Canadian Shaker Floor Mirrors and Full-Length Mirrors
Mirror, Oak
The contemporary Euclid mirror pays homage to the arched doorways that featured in Shaker architecture. The steam-bent arch is connected with brass pinned lap joints and the base of the...
Six Dining Chairs French 20th Century Ladder Back Rush Shaker Style
Six Dining Chairs French 20th Century Ladder Back ...
Late 20th Century French Shaker Dining Room Chairs
Rush, Wood
Six dining chairs French 20th century ladder back rush seat Shaker style. Free Shipping Options available We will always do our best to offer free shipping or at the lowest possble pr...
American Shaker Style Cherry Candlestand Side Tabl...
Late 20th Century Shaker End Tables
Cherry
This very sleek and finely crafted solid cherry candlestand is austere and designed with simple effective lines. The round top is chamfered around the edges to lighten the visual weight...
Merton Table in Oak

By De JONG & Co.
Merton Table in Oak
De JONG & Co.
2010s North American Shaker Tables
Oak
The Merton table is the perfect companion to our Merton bench. Similarly it echoes the lines of a simple Shaker bench in minimalism and simplicity. In homage to its namesake, the Merton...
Modern Shell Wall Light/Wall Sconce in Smooth Whit...
Hannah Woodhouse
21st Century and Contemporary British Shaker Wall Lights and Sconces
Plaster
Handmade sculptural wall sconce or wall light in silky smooth white plaster created by artist Hannah Woodhouse in her London studio. Contemporary design inspired by nature and Mid-C...
Custom Handmade Shaker Style Cherrywood Dining Tab...
Late 20th Century Shaker Dining Room Tables
A carefully handmade custom table executed in solid cherrywood, the dining table is austere and orderly in its’ clean lines and angular form. The long boards are capped with breadboard ...
Reproduction Pencil Post King Bed in Tiger Maple

Reproduction Pencil Post King Bed in Tiger Maple
2010s American Shaker Bedroom Furniture
Maple
Reproduction pencil post king bed in tiger maple with acorn finials. Measures: 82" W x 86" L x 84" H All beds come with bolts, bolt covers and a bed wrench. -All mortises are stamp...
Merton Bench in Oak

By De JONG & Co.
Merton Bench in Oak
De JONG & Co.
2010s American Shaker Benches
Oak
A sturdy and balanced bench that completes any room. Echoing the lines of a simple Shaker bench in minimalism and simplicity the Merton bench, like its namesake, holds a decidedly simpl...
Merton Bench in Walnut

By De JONG & Co.
Merton Bench in Walnut
De JONG & Co.
2010s American Shaker Benches
Walnut
A sturdy and balanced bench that completes any room. Echoing the lines of a simple Shaker bench in minimalism and simplicity the Merton bench, like its namesake, holds a decidedly simpl...
Paul McCobb Planner Group Model 1533 Spindle Back Shovel Chair

By Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group)
Paul McCobb Planner Group Model 1533 Spindle Back ...
Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group)
Vintage 1950s American Shaker Chairs
Iron, Birch
Birch and iron with honest wear.
Modern Painted Live-Edge Slab, Post and Rung Bench
Modern Painted Live-Edge Slab, Post and Rung Bench...
Woodsport
2010s American Shaker Benches
Woodsport peasant bench. We have been building slab post and rung benches for 15 years. They typically get finished with a bold color to take them to a modern, contemporary place. This ...
Contemporary Arched Euclid Mirror in White Oakwood Designed by Peter Coolican
Contemporary Arched Euclid Mirror in White Oakwood...
Peter Coolican
2010s Canadian Shaker Floor Mirrors and Full-Length Mirrors
Mirror, Oak
The contemporary Euclid mirror pays homage to the arched doorways that featured in Shaker architecture. The steam-bent arch is connected with brass pinned lap joints and the base of the...
Shaker Style Drop Front Secretary

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Shaker Style Drop Front Secretary
Antique Mid-19th Century Shaker Desks
Metal, Pine, Paint
This wonderful little shaker style desk or cabinet has a fall front writing area that reveals drawers and compartments with the original yellow paint. Below the desk are two doors with ...
Monolith Ladderback Chair by Phaedo, White, Washed...
Morgan Spaulding
21st Century and Contemporary American Shaker Chairs
Canvas, Oak
The monolith ladderback chair is a playful take on the classic Shaker style ladder back chair. The monolith motif is seen moving across the work to invoke the sense of life and movem...
French Farm Table Inset Stone Tiles Late 20th Cent...
Late 20th Century French Shaker Farm Tables
Wood, Stone
French farm table inset stone tiles vintage 20th century shaker style Single drawer one end Artisan made table with French Ardoise stone tiled top of varying hues Very heavy top! Disman...
Hill Dining Table by Tretiak Works, Handcrafted So...
Nick Tretiak
21st Century and Contemporary American Shaker Dining Room Tables
Cherry
This lightweight yet sturdy dining table draws from Classic farm and Shaker table design. The slim profile and slightly shaped and tapered legs lend an elegance to the piece. Pictur...
Hill Bed by Tretiak Works, Contemporary Handmade W...
Nick Tretiak
21st Century and Contemporary American Shaker Bedroom Furniture
Maple
A new addition to the Hill collection by Tretiak Works. This bed combines inspiration from Shaker furniture with modern proportions. The legs and spindles are all square in section with...
Hill Bed by Tretiak Works, Contemporary Handmade O...
Nick Tretiak
21st Century and Contemporary American Shaker Bedroom Furniture
Maple
A new addition to the Hill Collection by Tretiak Works. This bed combines inspiration from shaker furniture with modern proportions. The legs and spindles are all square in section with...
Safari Dining Chairs in the Style of Mogens Koch, ...
Mogens Koch
Mid-20th Century Danish Shaker Dining Room Chairs
Brass, Leather, Oak
Rare foldable Safari chairs with an oak frame, cognac brown neck leather and brass sleeves. The dining chairs are in very good vintage condition, the leather surface has a charming pati...
Walnut Arc Bench

By Noah Spencer, Fort Makers
Walnut Arc Bench
Noah Spencer, Fort Makers
21st Century and Contemporary American Shaker Benches
Walnut
The Walnut Arc Bench by Noah Spencer elegantly juxtaposes curved and straight lines and is inspired by architecture and the minimalism of Shaker design. Materials: walnut, tung oil fin...
Contemporary Arched Euclid Mirror in White Oakwood Designed by Peter Coolican
Contemporary Arched Euclid Mirror in White Oakwood...
Peter Coolican
2010s Canadian Shaker Floor Mirrors and Full-Length Mirrors
Mirror, Oak
The contemporary Euclid mirror pays homage to the arched doorways that featured in Shaker architecture. The steam-bent arch is connected with brass pinned lap joints and the base of the...
#1 Shaker Childs Diminutive Armchair

By Mt. Lebanon Shaker Community
#1 Shaker Childs Diminutive Armchair
Mt. Lebanon Shaker Community
Antique Late 19th Century American Shaker Children's Furniture
Wood
The proportions on this little gem are so exactly like the large 'adult' version it just doesn't appear (in a photo) as small as it actually is.
Shaker Side Chair Enfield Conn Community

Shaker Side Chair Enfield Conn Community
Antique Mid-19th Century American Shaker Painted Furniture
Wood
Early shaker side chair with original honey surface. Made mid-19th century by the Enfield Conn. Community.
Robert Kowalski Wooden Game Table

By Robert Kowalski
Robert Kowalski Wooden Game Table
Robert Kowalski
1990s American Shaker End Tables
Cherry, Ebony
Handcrafted table inspired by the Shaker and Mission movements. All wooden construction in cherrywood with ebony pegged joints, durable finish for daily use.
Shabby Chic Persian Malayer Rug

Shabby Chic Persian Malayer Rug
Vintage 1920s Persian Shaker Persian Rugs
Wool
An earth toned shabby chic persian malayer rug We love the natural wear on this rug because it shows a real taste of the life that it's already lived, Also shows it has a had a histo...
Antique Ladderback Country Child’s Chair with Rush Seat
Antique Ladderback Country Child’s Chair with Rush...
Unknown
Antique 19th Century American Shaker Chairs
Maple
Antique Shaker Country Child’s Chair with Rush Seat Antique shaker country child’s chair with rush seat, very sturdy, no repairs to seat, maple color wood. Size: 12 x 14.5 x 11.5 x 14.5...
Large "Lore" Dining Table Solid-Wood, Black Walnut...
Jacob May
2010s American Shaker Dining Room Tables
Hardwood
This piece is one of several Classic and simple furniture pieces that was named in honor of Dave's grandmother who passed away shortly before the collection was designed. Bold dimension...
Small "Lore" Dining Table, Solid-Wood, Black Walnu...
Jacob May
2010s American Shaker Dining Room Tables
Hardwood
This piece is one of several classic and simple furniture pieces that was named in honor of Dave's grandmother who passed away shortly before the collection was designed. Bold dimension...
"Lore" Bed, Contemporary Shaker-Style Solid Wood a...
Jacob May
2010s American Shaker Bedroom Furniture
Hardwood
The "Lore bed" features a solid wood headboard pinned into slots in the posts with brass dowels. All outer edges of the legs feature elegant round-overs that soften the piece and make i...
Small "Lore" Console Table Bleached Maple, Modern Shaker-Style
Small "Lore" Console Table Bleached Maple, Modern ...
Jacob May
2010s American Shaker Console Tables
Hardwood
This piece is one of several Classic and simple furniture pieces that was named in honor of Dave's grandmother who passed away shortly before the collection was designed. Bold dimension...
Small "Lore" Bench, Solid-Wood, Black Walnut, Modern Shaker-Style
Small "Lore" Bench, Solid-Wood, Black Walnut, Mode...
Jacob May
2010s American Shaker Dining Room Tables
Hardwood
This piece is one of several classic and simple furniture pieces that was named in honour of Dave's grandmother who passed away shortly before the collection was designed. Bold dimensio...
Medium "Lore" Bench - Solid-Wood, Black Walnut, Modern Shaker-Style
Medium "Lore" Bench - Solid-Wood, Black Walnut, Mo...
Jacob May
2010s American Shaker Dining Room Tables
Hardwood
This piece is one of several classic and simple furniture pieces that was named in honour of Dave's grandmother who passed away shortly before the collection was designed. Bold dimensio...
Large "Lore" Solid Wood Bench in Black Walnut, Modern Shaker-Style
Large "Lore" Solid Wood Bench in Black Walnut, Mod...
Jacob May
2010s American Shaker Dining Room Tables
Hardwood
This piece is one of several Classic and simple furniture pieces that was named in honor of Dave's grandmother who passed away shortly before the collection was designed. Bold dimension...
Medium "Lore" Dining Table, Solid-Wood, Black Waln...
Jacob May
2010s American Shaker Dining Room Tables
Hardwood
This piece is one of several Classic and simple furniture pieces that was named in honour of Dave's grandmother who passed away shortly before the collection was designed. Bold dimensio...
Large "Lore" Console Table - Solid-wood, Walnut or...
Jacob May
2010s American Shaker Console Tables
Hardwood
This piece is one of several classic and simple furniture pieces that was named in honor of Dave's grandmother who passed away shortly before the collection was designed. Bold dimension...
19th Century Maple Shaker Rocking Armchair Mt. Lebanon, New York

By Mt. Lebanon Shaker Community
19th Century Maple Shaker Rocking Armchair Mt. Leb...
Mt. Lebanon Shaker Community
Antique 1880s American Shaker Rocking Chairs
Rush, Maple
Antique maple rocker with arms marked "Shakers No 1 Trademark Mt. Lebanon NY." It retains it original dark walnut color varnish and rush seat. Nice old worn patina, circa late 1800s. Me...
Pair of Solid Oak Cerused Pickled White Wash Squar...
20th Century American Shaker Side Tables
Oak
Vintage peg jointed square pickled oak end occasional tables stands. Could be used as bench.
Shabby Chic Turkish Konya Vintage Runner

Shabby Chic Turkish Konya Vintage Runner
20th Century Turkish Shaker Turkish Rugs
Distressed Turkish runner with an all-over repetitive design.
Primitive Shaker Tray or Platter

Primitive Shaker Tray or Platter
Vintage 1930s American Shaker Platters and Serveware
Wood
A beautifully worn Primitive tray in diamond shape. This is great for fruit, cheeses or keys catcher.
Oak Pressed Back Chairs

Oak Pressed Back Chairs
Antique 18th Century and Earlier American Shaker Dining Room Chairs
Pewter, Oak
Set of three pressed back chairs in what appears to be oak. Five spindles form the back of the chair. All are solid and sturdy. Not available for sale or to ship in the state of Cali...
Large Shaker Gathering Basket, circa 1840-1850
Large Shaker Gathering Basket, circa 1840-1850
Unknown
Antique 1840s American Shaker Primitives
Wood
Black ash, tall finely carved side handles with smooth patinated original finish, double wrapped rim, tall inverted base, overall very good condition with some splint loose on top rim b...
Primitive Oval Hook Rug with Fleur De Lis Centre

Primitive Oval Hook Rug with Fleur De Lis Centre
Vintage 1930s American Shaker Textiles
Wool
Antique Textiles Galleries... Primitive oval hook rug, depicting fruits and Fleur-de-lis center. In shades of red, orange, green, grey and black. Rug hooking is both an art and a craft ...
Carl Malmsten Pine Bench

By Carl Malmsten, Svensk Fur
Carl Malmsten Pine Bench
Carl Malmsten, Svensk Fur
Vintage 1940s Swedish Shaker Benches
Pine
A pair of aged pine Visingsö benches by Carl Malmsten.
Thomas Moser Maple Drop-Leaf Table, Signed

By Thomas Moser
Thomas Moser Maple Drop-Leaf Table, Signed
Thomas Moser
20th Century American Shaker Dining Room Tables
Maple
Thomas Moser Maple Drop-Leaf Table, Signed. Each leaf is 15.5".
Swedish Milking Stool

Swedish Milking Stool
Axel Einar Hjorth
Vintage 1930s Swedish Shaker Stools
Oak
Petite solid oak milking stool from Sweden in the manner of Axel Einar Hjorth
Ladder High Back Rocking Chair
Ladder High Back Rocking Chair
Shaker Style
Antique Late 19th Century American Shaker Rocking Chairs
Maple
Great country accent, ladder high back rocking chair with straw. Honey color, wonderful worn patina. The seat is hand-woven .The condition is good with wear consistent with age and use...
Pair of Shaker Style Ladderback Chairs

Pair of Shaker Style Ladderback Chairs
Shaker Style
Antique 19th Century American Shaker Side Chairs
Pine
19th c. early New England Shaker style Ladderback Chairs.