Shaker Furniture Styles
The Shakers were a dissident Protestant off shoot of the Quakers. The original group in England was known as the Shaking Quakers. The shakers first moved to North America in 1774. A group of five men and three women emigrated to the United States from England. Shaker furniture reflected the idea that form should follow function, and that making something of quality was an act of worship. This furniture relies on high-quality materials and minimal decoration. All elements of this furniture are functional, with almost no decorative inlays or moldings. The legs on Shaker style furniture are usually thin and beveled. It normally is elevated off the floor and has a distinct feeling of being lighter looking.