December 12,2018

Wardrobe Doors - Shaker or Flat? (1)

The contents of your wardrobe can be eclectic as you like (who says you can’t own a three-piece suit and a floral sarong?!) but if the wardrobe itself doesn’t suit the style of your home, you may end up with bedroom storage that can be a bit jarring on the eye. As a joinery team, we deal with wardrobes on a daily basis and one of the main challenges is selecting the right design to compliment the style of the room (and property in general). We’re going to compare the traditional shaker style door with a more contemporary flat door. Obviously, there are a huge number of other factors that effect the overall look and feel of a wardrobe - for example; material, finish, colour etc – but possibly none more so than the design of the doors.

Style of the property?

If you’re looking for a more classic, traditional feel, then shaker style doors are likely to be more suitable for your wardrobe. For a more sleek, contemporary look, flat doors will usually be the more fitting option. Of course, that’s not to say that either style can’t work in a variety of different room designs.

Designed and made by Barbara Genda Bespoke Furniture

Designed by Kia Designs

Make a feature or blend into the background?

There are a few different ways that you can really make a statement with your wardrobes (for example, selecting an eye-catching colour or material) but when it comes to the style you select, a shaker wardrobe is much more likely to be a feature due to the nature of the design, while flat doors can more easily blend into the walls if matched in colour.

Designed and made by Jamie Williams Design


Designed by Cato Creative

The Pros of Shaker Style

Hand Painted Perfection

For a smoother, even painted finish the better option is often a factory sprayed finish, however this comes with a couple of possible drawbacks that a hand painted finish can avoid. For example, some particular paints can only be used as hand painted finishes, so if you’ve got your heart set on a certain unique shade, or if you need to match the existing painted walls exactly, or you’re making the wardrobes yourself, then hand painting may be the only options. And the great thing about Shaker Style doors is that they are more forgiving when it comes to any visible strokes or imperfections that come with hand painting. After all, no matter how good you are at painting, we’re all human.

Designed by Day True

Fabulous Fabrics

Something becoming more and more popular these days in furniture design is the introduction of fabrics, materials and textures. Lots of suede, leather and mirror panels, for example, are being used to add depth and texture to wardrobe doors and the wonderful thing about Shaker Style doors is that they already have ready-made frames for the fabric panels. This creates a sharp and neat finish that is harder to achieve with flat doors.

Designed and made by Barbara Genda Bespoke Furniture

Designed by 50 Degrees North

The Pros of a Flat Door


A flat door to a designer is like a blank canvas to an artist. The possibilities are vast and varied. Whether it’s a subtle matt painted finish, gleaming high gloss or veneered, a flat door has the ability to disappear into it’s surroundings like a chameleon, or flourish and dazzle like a peacock.

Designed and made by Barbara Genda Bespoke Furniture

Designed and made by Minale + Mann

Designed by Roselind Wilson Design

Can you ‘Handle’ it?

The right handles can completely transform a piece of furniture and once again, flat doors demonstrate their versatility when it comes to the finer details. More traditional handles can be used to add a little classic touch to a modern wardrobe, or to really accentuate the sleek and chic, subtle routed handles can transform a flat, simple door into a beautiful design.

Designed and made by Barbara Genda Bespoke Furniture

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