Want to protect your antique wood table or desk? How about making a small dining room or home office feel larger yet still be functional? Incorporating a glass table top into your home design may be just what you’re looking for.
Scratches on wood tables or desktops are annoying and extremely difficult to remove. Clear glass can be custom cut to fit your table or desk. Glass allows the beauty of the wood to shine while providing a protective cover that’s easy to clean and maintain. The edges can be polished or beveled to give the table a sophisticated look. And, in the future, if a scratch develops, you can replace the glass much easier than refinishing great-grandma’s wood table. Tempered safety glass should be used for larger dining room tables since it will resist scratching better than regular glass and it’s much harder to break. Also, since it’s heat treated in the tempering process, it will stand up to hotter dishes from the oven than regular glass (but still use a hot pad!).
In addition to protecting existing tables, glass can also serve as the table itself. You will want to use thicker glass for this, anywhere from ½” to 1” thick depending on the size. Glass tables add a modern and contemporary look when combined with a simple metal or wood stand. A round glass table top with a bowl of fresh flowers or a candle will really set off a room. And, having a clear table or desk will make a small space look and feel larger.
Glass table and desktops aren’t just for your home. This clean and edgy design is making its way into many offices and reception areas. Lately, it’s common to see reception counters made from traditional laminate or wood but have glass set above it on standoffs and cantilevered out past the counter. This stylish look gives customers a solid writing surface and minimizes the damage to the counter in high traffic areas.