One of the real advantages of a glass table top is that you can have it made to whatever size and shape you need. A wide array of shapes, edgeworks, colors, and sizes are all at your fingertips. But what size table do you really need? Here are a few general rules for your space planning before you place that table top order.
Work The Room:
Although chairs come in a wide variety of widths ranging from a narrow 14 inches to much wider, a good rule of thumb is to allow 28 inches width for each chair
Allow roughly 4 to 6 inches of space between chairs for extra elbow room comfort
Leave at least 36″ minimum between the pushed in chair to the surrounding walls, so someone serving can still adequately fit around a seated guest
Dreamwalls Glass Table Top Capacity
Mind Your Base:
Add 12 to 14 inches of depth for leg room beyond the edge seat so people aren’t bumping into the base with their knees
The area of the base should support at least 1/3 of the area of the table top
Standard table surface heights are 29 to 31 inches for a dining table. So be sure to measure the height of the arms on your chairs to make sure that they will fit underneath the apron of the table at its lowest point along the edge. You don’t want your guests chipping your beautiful new table or your gouging your chairs.
What are the best tips or lessons you’ve learned for comfortable dining seating? Share it with us in a comment below!
As I mentioned yesterday, we recently upgraded our fabrication capabilities by adding the premiere edger of the glass industry. It is truly the “cutting edge” of glass technology. The resulting edgework is consistent from the first piece to the last piece, on every piece of glass. The arris is particularly beautiful. Back-mitres and front mitres allow for unique precision installs. The polished shine is truly amazing and makes glass sparkle like diamonds. At Gardner Glass Products, we can provide excellent polished edges on any of our Dreamwalls glass from 1/8″ thick (3mm) up to 1″ thick (25mm) - weight / dimension limitations may apply.
When specifying edgework on glass, you need to know what to ask for. Knowing the industry terminology may help avoid some of the headaches in specifiying edgework. So let’s learn to “talk the talk”. But first, I created a graphic for those of you – like me – who are visual learners. (click on below graphic to view larger)
Gardner Glass Products Edgework Capabilities
Some of the jargon included in the above illustration are:
Clean Cut Edge - The original cut of the glass. Very sharp. No edge treatment applied.
Mitre - an edge that allows glass to turn corners and fit together for more intricate installations. Can be applied to the first surface as a “front mitre” (where the shorter part of the glass is on the face), or on the 2nd surface as a “back mitre” (where the back features the shorter part of the glass). NOTE: When specifying the overall measurement of glass that features mitres, always give the dimensions from the longest points,…regardless of where the miters will be.
Bevel - A deeper mitre that creates a decorative stripe at the edge of the glass. Bevels can vary in width from 1/2” to 1-1/4” depending on thickness of the glass.
Swiped/Sanded Edge - Sharp edges “knocked off”. Still could cut if skin drags across. Looks lightly chipped at edges.
Ground Edge - Looks frosted at the edge. The polishing wheels are retracted for this effect. A common edge for siliconed butt glazing applications or on acid etched products. Not recommended for dry erase markerboards. May feature arris edges as well. Can also be achieved via waterjet cutting.
Flat Polished Edge - Can be created with or without an arris edge. Arris is required for tempering. Without an arris, the transition from the front or back and the side is a true 90˚ angle
Pencil Polished Edge - A rounded edge from the front to the sides and back. Less popular than the flat polished in that it doesn’t “sparkle”.
Arris - a tiny mitre to transition between the face and the side or the back and the side. This allows the glass to be more fully finished and more easily tempered. May not be requested due to installation of silicone butt joints. An arris may be applied to the 1st surface, the 2nd surface, or both. For Dreamwalls Color Glass, we usually recommend a front arris only. (a back arris would result in a tiny stripe of clear glass at the edge)
Face - The “front” or “top” of the glass. The glass surface that is exposed to the elements the most. The opposite of the “back”
1st Surface - See also “Face”
2nd Surface - The “back of the glass”. The surface most protected from the elements in most cases.
If you’re specifying glass for tabletops or other furniture, be sure to fully discuss the glass edgework and ask for samples before production begins. It can be one of the major reasons for differences in quotes – and in comparing apples to apples of quality. Knowing the vocabulary will help you head off any miscommunication.
And isn’t being understood our greatest satisfaction in life?
I always am dazzled by the colors, textures, fabrics, and wall treatments that the famous interior designers use in this temporary space; but as a glass person, I have to always look more specifically at the creative use of glass & mirror throughout. High-gloss finishes were definitely a big trend at Kips Bay this year, acheived through lacquer, glass, mirror, and shiny metallics.
Enjoy these stunning designs and wonderful color palettes from a few of my favorite rooms from Kips Bay 2013 for some amazing color combinations. For starters, the pink, peacock, red and yellow combination in the foyer is fantastic:
Andrew Suvalsky: Foyer - KipsBay 2013
Tinted mirror walls, high-gloss lacquer paint, and a huge oversized framed mirror make this tiny powder room have some serious “pop”:
Andrew Suvalsky: Powder Room-KipsBay 2013
A cool neutral wood and stone backdrop allow the purple and chartruese accessories shine with the twinkle of stainless steel in this classic kitchen:
ChristopherPeacock: Kitchen-KipsBay 2013
Wet bars are everywhere it seems, and what well appointed New York home would be without one? This unusual space featured a sitting area to the side for a little sophisticated flair:
DineenArchitecture+Design: Bar - Kips Bay 2013
The glossy lavender gives the below family room extra sophistication with glass table tops and beautiful calming tones. The amazing rug is way too nice for my family though!
Eve Robinson: FamilyRoom - KipsBay 2013
In order to have the super shiny, you need to contrast it with a little matte. Below is the same dining room that starts off today’s article. I’m in love with the artistic credenza in the dining room by North Carolina-native, Kristen McGinnis. See how it contrasts nicely with the high gloss lacquer walls and the black back painted glass table top? But my favorite part of this dining room is the blue and yellow combination showcased in these awesome floor to ceiling drapes:
KristenMcGinnis: Dining Room (view 2) - Kips Bay 2013
I love glass serving bars. One of our very first projects with Dreamwalls Color Glass was a large serving bar – in bright orange – and it’s a terrific kitchen solution; with or without color. The differentiated height of a serving bar helps designate a different task area, defines space, and gives you guests and family an area for congregation; and the sheen of glass still gives the space an open feeling.
Precision Glass & Shower - Kitchen Bar
Glass is incredibly practical for kitchen serving bar areas. Here are some of the reasons why:
Guests can set down their drinks without coasters so you can focus on cooking rather than water rings
Acidic foods won’t stain it no matter now messy the buffet-style serving might get
Clean up after a late night (or after a rushed family breakfast) is so easy
There’s never any maintenance with sealing or waxing
Precision Glass & Shower Curved Serving Bar
Curved, straight, elevated or lowered,…what do you think of glass kitchen bars? Any concerns we can address about them, just contact me (Mandy), or any of our sales staff at 1-800-334-7267 and we’ll be happy to review the design with you.
Choosing among the possibilities for your perfect glass table top
Dreamwalls Glass Table Top Dining Table
You’ve got a project that needs a table top. You’re sold on the practicality of glass. We are so pleased! There are many different options and decisions you need to make when specifying a table top or countertop for your job. In today’s article, we’ll walk you through some of the many choices and options available.
We cut from glass sheets that are 96″ x 144″ – however, to fabricate edgework requires a cut in from the edge so if you want anything other than a clean cut edge rectangle, you’ll have to go a touch smaller.
Standard industry tolerances are +/- 1/16 inch,…so if it has to be inset into a frame, allow your measurements to account for it.
Keep in mind some edgework fabrication equipment may not be able to handle glass at max size due to weight or bed size constraints.
Consider how the table is going to get into the space – is the door big enough? Can it make the turn in the hallway? You’d be surprised how often this needs to be addressed and you have to remember that glass simply will not bend.
Dreamwalls Color Glass White In Production
Shape – other than a rectangle?
All ovals are not the same shape – same goes for archtops or “racetracks” – these tend to be special patterns, that need a pattern or CAD file.
CAD drawings in a .dxf format work best for our water jet cutting capabilities and reduces any mis-communication.
Not all cuts can be achieved, that is why it’s important for us to see the actual pattern at the time of quote. Tight inside 90º corners are impossible to be polished by our machinery. If it’s tempered, we have to make sure any holes are a certain distance from the edge. Let us review it to eliminate any problems early in the project.
Dreamwalls Glass Sink Top
Thickness of the glass:
This depends on the size of the glass, its support and the weight it would be carrying – ask your glazier if you’re uncertain.
Generally, if it’s on top of a full surface – annealed (non-tempered) glass is safe enough to use and is usually only 1/4 inch (6mm) thick.
If there’s a “pass through” possibility, it’s usually better to temper the glass regardless of what the local codes may allow.
“Heavy glass” of 1/2 inch (12mm) thick or more,…and even then it may depend on the overall size of the piece and its use.
For table tops, we recommend going no thinner than 1/4″ (6mm) and up to 1″ thick (25mm), but depending on the size either of those extremes may not be acceptable to the project.
NOTE: tempered glass is usually stamped with a baked-on permanent ink to prove that it has been tempered. If you don’t want that stamp showing on your final piece, be sure to dictate as such. We can provide you with a document proving the piece was tempered if you require it.
Any additional fabrication?
Holes for a patio table pole
Holes to hide computer wires in a desk or reception area
Cut outs for undermount sinks (with edgework) or for a top-mount sink (won’t require edgework)
Holes for in-counter cooktops
Type of the glass:
Tempered or Annealed
Tempered glass is much stronger, slightly less susceptible to scratches, and if it does break, it will form the tiny nuggests that are less likely to cause harm.
Annealed glass will work fine for many situations that are either backed by a solid surface, so that it isn’t a “punch through” hazard or where the glass is very thick.
Dreamwalls Color Glass Red Countertop
Color of the glass:
Regular clear glass
Low-iron Starphire® Ultra-Clear glass
Dreamwalls Color Glass backpainted glass – any color you specify is easily possible
Antique Mirrors – in regular or tints
Mirrors for a bright surface
Acid-etched glass (in regular or low-iron) can offer some interesting under-lighting effects, or be backpainted for a lustrous finish that doesn’t show finger prints
Lots of things to consider, right? Never fear. If you get stumped at any time while making your decisions, just give us a call. We’ll try to help steer you towards the right solution for your design need. 800-334-7267. Just comment with your question, or e-mail me direct at email@example.com
I’m buying a new house, and it is small. So I’ve been thinking a lot about how to keep it feeling spacious, while maximizing the utility. Glass table tops really fit the bill in creating coffee tables that allow a space to feel open.
Source: House & Home June 2012 issue - Karen Cole Design
What is so great about glass, is that it still showcases the base as sculpture. The key is to be sure to use low-iron glass, so that distortion is minimized, and the colors of the surrounding decor isn’t compromised. Below, the sculptural “Spider” metal base from Structube (CA) provides generous surface area (nearly 40″ diameter), but doesn’t take up a lot of space.
Spider Coffee Table
The airiness of the stick-legs in the base below really open up the space where something more solid would have closed it off. A glass top keeps everything in balance.
Source: House&Home "Best Decorating 2012" issue
Don’t discount the amount of light a glass table top can bring into the room. The sparkle and reflection of a glass table may be just what your room needs. With a low-iron glass table as the centerpiece of the room, like below, the more “blocky” elements of the room have a chance to breathe and feel fresh.
Source: House & Home "Best Decorating 2012" issue
And don’t forget mirror! That will really reflect light back into the room, multiply the light, and still will visually “disappear”. It’s a stunning effect, that allows the thin black table frame to become a subtle “pinstripe” to the bold colors and patterns in the room.
Glass desks really can add light, color, and pizazz to an office desk. When you add backpainted glass, it adds a layer of sophistication to the space. By just adding a pop of color, the professionalism of a home office is elevated. Look at a few of these examples from Houzz. The refinement of the material makes you just want to get to work and get things done, doesn’t it?
This desk top in black glass takes nothing away from the traditional elements:
Dreamwalls True Black Backpainted Glass Table Topper
What is a table topper, you ask? It is a piece of glass – usually 1/4″ (6mm) or 5/32″ (4mm) thick that is placed on the existing top of a table, or some other piece of furniture like a dresser or credenza. Since it is completed supported by the solid piece of furniture, it may or may not need to be tempered, and the edgework is usually a simple polished edge. Historically, table toppers have been clear glass; but today, Dreamwalls offers so many glass options that you can change the look of a piece of furniture instantly with NO TOOLS, simply by placing a piece of glass down on the top.
Antique Mirror Table Topper
5 Reasons Dreamwalls Glass Table Toppers are Brilliant Solutions
1- They can revive an older, worn piece of furniture without refinishing or altering the piece in any way.
2- They protect wood furniture or table linens from moisture and stains – and clean up is a simple wipe.
3- They instantly update or unify a design with color.