Tabletop Glass: What to Consider Before You Buy
A Guide to Purchasing Table Glass, Desktop Glass, Glass Shelves, & Bureau Top Glass
This article will help you understand options and language for ordering table top glass or more correctly, tabletop glass.
Solid Top vs. Open Top Tables
Examples of solid top tables include most dining room and kitchen tables. Coffee tables, desks, and bureaus generally are solid tops. This is very simple as they have a solid sheet of material, usually wood, underneath the glass which helps support the glass. The glass can be thinner as it is not structurally supporting the whole weight of the load.
An open top table does not have solid support underneath it – the glass is supported by slats, tracking, or shelf-type supports. This is a crucial difference when purchasing tabletop glass. This glass must do a big share of the heavy lifting. Most open top tables require tempered glass to provide the structural strength to support the weight loads that may be placed on the them.
Thick vs. Not So Thick
Annealed vs. Tempered Glass
Clear Glass vs. Low Iron Glass
Types of corners
Seamed vs. Polished
A seamed edge is basically just a safety edge where the burrs are removed. Technically, a seamed edge can have some chipping and still be considered “sellable” quality.See Edge Type Examples
Glass vs. Acrylic (Polycarbonate)
Acrylic glass, sometimes known as the brand Plexiglas® and Polycarbonate, sometimes known as the brand as Lexan®, are sometimes considered as a replacement for tempered glass, especially in exterior applications.Learn More
Ovals vs. Ellipses vs. Odd Shape Templates
Tables, bureaus, desks, and cabinets come in many shapes. Squares, rectangles, and circles are easily defined. Ovals are a little different as there are different types. Most ovals we run into are elliptical or what we call race track. I did some research and found a very handy guide for picking the oval you have. Keep in mind this was allegedly made for school children. You will be tested!
So what to do if your table does not fit a specific shape? At that point a simple template can be used for the shape. A simple trace of the edge with a pencil and some cardboard can be enough for us to manufacture the perfect tabletop glass for you.