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7 CLEAR ADVANTAGES OF CHOOSING GLASS TABLE TOPS

Feb. 04, 2024
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1. Glass Opens Up Your Living Space


The transparency of glass means that it offers the illusion of space in open-plan homes or homes in which space is at a premium. For instance, while a wooden or metal table top obscures the view to the rest of your living space, a glass table top allows for uninterrupted views while allowing more light to filter through.



The result is an interior that seems more spacious, bright and inviting.

2. Your Other Furniture Will Still Be Visible


A glass table top won’t hide the beauty of your other pieces of furniture. Instead, it will provide a clear view of them, whether you are sitting at the table or standing and looking into the room, which is especially important when entertaining new guests.

3. A Glass Table Top Highlights Other Features


If you plan to upgrade your flooring, for example, by adding a woollen rug, a plush carpet or a stylish hardwood floor, a glass table top can help you to highlight your new feature. Even as you sit at your table, you’ll still be able to enjoy the look of your new flooring. A solid wooden table top on the other hand, would impede your view.

4. Glass Table Tops Can Protect Existing Wooden Table Tops


Do you own a wooden table that you’d like to protect, such as an antique that has been in the family for generations? By slotting a customized, glass table top over your existing wooden table, you can extend its life while keeping it as the centrepiece of your living room, kitchen or dining room.

5. You Can Get Creative With Your Table Base


When you use a glass table top, there is no limit to how creative you can get with your table’s base. With standard wooden or metal tables, the base is much less visible and so therefore much less important.


However, with a transparent glass table top, you can use literally anything — as long as it is sturdy — as your table’s base. If you plan to remove a tree in your garden, for instance, you can keep a part of it with you forever by turning its stump into an elegant and stylish table base that will be visible no matter where you are in the room.

6. Glass Table Tops Don’t Stain


One of the clearest advantages to having a glass dining-table top is the fact that food and drink spillages won’t cause staining or corrosion damage. If, for instance, your children have a bad habit of spilling their juice, you can simply wipe and polish your glass table top, and it will still retain its beauty.

7. Glass Table Tops Are Highly Customisable


Perhaps one of the best advantages of glass table tops is that you can customize them to suit your particular needs, no matter how extreme those needs might seem. And if a lack of space means that your glass table top needs a custom shape, for example, an experienced glass company can create a custom glass table-top design that best suits your individual needs.


If you need help with a glass table design or replacement, contact us at South Melbourne Glass.

1. The tabletop base

Will your glass tabletop cover an existing table, such as a wooden table, acting as both protection and decoration? Or do you have a decorative tree stump that you’d like to turn into a table? This information is invaluable when you are designing your tabletop.


If your glass tabletop doesn’t have a solid support underneath it, then this will affect its thickness, which brings us to the next factor.

2. The thickness

The thickness of your glass tabletop is something to consider early on. If you plan to cover an existing piece of furniture with a glass tabletop, then you can choose a thinner tabletop since it has sufficient support underneath it.


But if your glass table doesn’t have any solid support underneath it, then you’ll need to go for a thicker sheet of glass. Also consider what you intend to use the glass tabletop for. The more strain your glass tabletop will come under, the thicker the glass should be.

3. The glass type


In regard to material, you have two main options: annealed glass and tempered glass. Annealed glass is less durable than tempered glass and it breaks much more easily. The shards are also sharper and larger than those of tempered glass are. If your glass tabletop is small and serves as a cover for an existing piece of furniture, then annealed glass is an option.


However, tempered glass is safe and sturdy, which makes it a better option for large tables. And because tempered glass breaks into small dull chunks when broken, it is suitable for households with young children. One downside with tempered, or toughened, glass is, due to the toughening process, the surface is softer and will scratch easier than annealed glass.

4. The look and finish


Clear glass tabletops are great for small rooms because they offer the illusion of space. If you want to show off your flooring too, clear glass is ideal. But what if you don’t like the green tint that often comes with clear glass tabletops? Then you can opt for low-iron glass. Low-iron glass doesn’t have the green tint, meaning it is the clearest glass available.


And you can also choose from frosted or tinted glass if space isn’t an issue in your home.

5. The shape of the tabletop


Finally, the shape of your glass tabletop can play a big role in its function. Do you intend to seat many people at your table, for dinners and meetings, for instance? If so, then you could go for a rectangle or oval shape for your glass table as these shapes accommodate more seats.


However, if you want a more intimate experience, either for your children to do their homework on together or for small family dinners, then a round or square shape is ideal. But you aren’t limited to just these shapes. You can also create a custom shape for your glass tabletop to better suit your home’s interior.


Are you looking to add a glass tabletop to your home’s interior décor? Then contact South Melbourne Glass today. We can create a custom glass tabletop for you that incorporates all of the aforementioned details, no matter what your needs are.

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