Seeing a glass table in the environment is not a fascination anymore like it has been just a century ago. In the several decades design industry has seen rapid expansion with many new products arriving to our homes and professional interiors.
One other such application that we have seen recently expand from random design explorers into a category on it own is custom glass table tops. Tables and flat surfaces are such an important functional element of any environment and making it out of transparent medium can serve several purposes at the same time.
What to expect when ordering table top glass?
In recent years our designers have seen increase in demand for surfaces where the tabletop would feature a particular pattern or design on it’s surface. Design is then carved and painted from the bottom side, making the top smooth and polished.
Cleaning and maintenance
Contemporary glass dining table give you an advantage of easy cleaning. The dirt is easily seen and can be removed by applying cleaning materials without damaging the panel. Make sure the top surface has no designs on it and all patterns are applied from the bottom side.
Since with transparent medium it really make no difference from which side to look at the pattern, you not losing anything on presentation, carving on the bottom side of the table comes through very naturally from the smooth top side. Please be considerate of elements around it. If you are planning on using it for family gathering with a lot of toddlers that might be banging their spoons on the table top you might end up with some dents on it.
Important consideration is scratching the surface of the top. Many manufacturers can provide invisible finish for decorative products that will give surface some protection, still nothing will prevent it from getting scratched if come in contact with some metal objects.
Another production option is the cast or slumped countertops. In that option production is done from one slab melted over a casted mold for texturing. It usually has more rustic design and sometimes rougher polished edges.
Another popular style often used for tables and countertops is “cracked ice” glass. It is done by laminating three layers of glass together and then cracking or ‘icing’ the middle panel. Naturally tempered glass shatters into many segments, but the lamination resin and the other two panels are holding it all together as one unit, fit for interior design and practical use. See some images of the cracked ice designs:
Things to know when ordering glass for table tops
When ordering glass tops for tables it is important to consider several points:
– the overall size and shape: it can be any shape you need it, round, oval, triangular, etc…
– the thickness. Interior designers are often tend to get thicker tables, going up to 1” thickness. It is not recommended to making glass table that is less than ½” thick. Below is the most commonly used standards for glass thickness.
– Beveled edges: the sides of the table will be visible and therefore it is important that you select the style of finishing for the edge, that will fit your need and style.
Please visit our FAQ for visual help on selecting the right beveling and edges for you. Here is a quick visual reference for the types of glass table edges that exist, contact to confirm availability of particular style per selected design when ordering with Palace of Glass.
– Safety: please make sure that the investment you are making will meet the safety standards and be either tempered or laminated.
It is often seen that for production of Glass for table tops clear prefabricated flat glass sheet is cut and turned into a kitchen countertop or as cabinet glass doors.
Glass paneling has unique qualities that can enhance and beautify any interior if tastefully combined with glass tables and other surfaces, magic of this medium is that it has special ability to perform function but remain somewhat invisible and not obstruct space or vision.
Among the latest trends we can name transparent wall structures, stairs, and railings. Even transparent ceilings became an architectural solution for many innovative projects.
Our design team will be happy to look into your next architectural project that might require glass paneling or countertops and will advise you on the best solution in the industry. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.