How wide are your Shaker rails?

Maria33904January 30, 2013

I have decided to go with Shaker cabinets in my new kitchen. The door sample my KD gave me have 3 inch wide rails and to me it looks wider than most other Shaker cabinets I've seen but she seemed to think that's normal. Is 3 inch rails a wider style and do you think that could make a somewhat small kitchen look heavy/clumpsy? How wide are your rails? Pictures would be awsome!

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badgergal

Not sure what you consider a small kitchen but mine is only 11x12. The styles and rails on my cabinet are 2-1/4 inches.
Here is an overall shot of my cabinets:

And a closer up shot:

    Bookmark   January 31, 2013 at 12:27AM
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ci_lantro

2 1/4'' wide rails and stiles are traditional. The wider rails & stiles have a more modern vibe.

    Bookmark   January 31, 2013 at 12:36AM
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Angie_DIY

Mine are 2-3/8.

    Bookmark   January 31, 2013 at 12:43AM
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breezygirl

Maria--Below is a thread on this very topic from a couple of weeks ago. Lots of pics and discussion!

Here is a link that might be useful: Thread on shaker stiles and rails

    Bookmark   January 31, 2013 at 12:53AM
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quiltgirl

Here is a picture of a kitchen from the Chicago Mart. The stiles on it are 3" on the top and sides and 4" on the bottom. I love it and am modeling my cabinets after this look. The doors were also a full one inch thick. With inset doors, a full 3/4" thickness would work just as well. I think it gives a more farmhouse look. The hardware is really what sets the look too. The hardware on the picture is a little heavy looking to me and more modern. I am going to use bin pulls and thumb latches.

    Bookmark   January 31, 2013 at 9:34AM
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Maria33904

Seems like most people opt for the more narrow/traditional look.
Badgergal, thank you for posting pictures. I've seen your kitchen in other threads, it's gorgeous!
My KD said the sample door I got with the 3 inch rails is the most common style and if I wanted 2 1/4 inch rails it would be a special order (which sounds expensive). That doesn't sound right to me. Should be the other way around.
Breezygirl, thank you for that link. It was very helpful!

    Bookmark   January 31, 2013 at 10:08AM
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willtv

Ours are 2 3/16"

    Bookmark   January 31, 2013 at 10:10AM
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fouramblues

My drawer rails are 1.5" and stiles are 2.25". Wouldn't have much room for hardware on top drawers if the rails were the same width as the stiles. Door rails and stiles are both 2.25".

    Bookmark   January 31, 2013 at 10:16AM
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Linelle

Mine are 2-1/4"

    Bookmark   January 31, 2013 at 10:45AM
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athomeinvagw

I have 3 inch in my laundry room and they do seem a bit more modern than the smaller but not chunky or clumsy. If you have a lot of narrow doors in your kitchen then the 3 inch may look too thick.

    Bookmark   January 31, 2013 at 12:42PM
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aimskitchen

I had a KD telling me the same thing, but it really was a more modern, chunky look than I wanted in my little kitchen. We ended up with a slightly different design, different company, with 2"ish rails and a slight detail on the inside edge to soften it a little. It probably wouldn't be called Shaker anymore due to that, but I love it (being installed currently).

    Bookmark   January 31, 2013 at 4:23PM
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pirula

3 1/2 inches here. Curious, my kitchen is not modern.

    Bookmark   January 31, 2013 at 5:56PM
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quiltgirl

Wider stiles to me are more vintage looking than modern. Narrow stiles tend to be more contemporary looking IMHO.
Pirula do you have pictures of your kitchen?

    Bookmark   January 31, 2013 at 6:11PM
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athomeinvagw

I should have said overlay with 3 inch tends to look more modern, but really it all is in how they are combined with other elements. Typically the older kitchens were slimmer or were not shaker style at all .

    Bookmark   January 31, 2013 at 6:37PM
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springroz

Mine are 2 3/8 on the doors, but the drawer stiles are 1 1/4, so there is room for hardware.

Nancy

    Bookmark   January 31, 2013 at 7:18PM
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coco4444

You might want to check out this thread from earlier this month... similar discussion with lots of pics for comparison.

Here is a link that might be useful: shaker styles (stiles!?)

    Bookmark   January 31, 2013 at 8:04PM
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Maria33904

Thank you so much for all your responses! They have been very helpful.

    Bookmark   January 31, 2013 at 8:52PM
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pirula

quiltgirl, here are some pictures of our kitchen....

    Bookmark   January 31, 2013 at 9:23PM
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islanddevil

I've been wondering the same thing. Can some of you who responded post pictures of yours?

This blogger chose 3" said it's not as common
http://www.mariakillam.com/2012/05/marias-kitchen-details.html

A few pics of her finished kitchen. Would like to see more of the cabs from different angles without the Xmas decor and photo staging do-dads.
http://www.mariakillam.com/2012/12/marias-christmas-white-kitchen-before-after.html

    Bookmark   January 31, 2013 at 9:26PM
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