Material Guide for Glass

Glass panels on furniture make a powerful style statement and give a light and airy look to a contemporary home. Each beautifully crafted piece is designed with aesthetic value and functions in mind and will instantly transform a room into a spacious and inviting living area. Glass panels in furniture represents contemporary styles. Glass surfaces are easy to clean and comparatively low on maintenance. Glass is treated in different ways to enhance its durability. Following are some types of glasses used for furniture.

  • Tempered glass or toughened glass is a type of safety glass processed by controlled thermal or chemical treatments to increase its strength compared with normal glass. The counteracting stresses give toughened glass its increased mechanical resistance to breakage. When it does break, it would produce small, regular, typically square fragments rather than long, dangerous shards that are far more likely to lead to injuries. This type of glass is highly scratch resistant and adds a protective layer to the furniture. Mostly, tempered or toughened glass is used for table tops, braces in bookshelves and cabinets, window panes, and for decorative material.
  • Tinted glass refers to any glass that has been treated with a material such as a film or coating that reduces the transmission of light through it. Glass can be tinted with various types of coating, which block and/or reflect different amounts and types of light, according to the needs and preferences of the consumer. Tinted glass furniture is a wise choice made if selected as your table top for a table that has storage space down below for newspapers or magazines, you can store your stuff there and it won’t be visible from the top if one tries to see it or if you don’t want everyone to see what’s inside your glass front cabinet you can choose tinted glass for this purpose as well. Also, tinted glass keeps the insides cooler, so if you have something that must be stored away from heat, in a cooler place, tinted glass furniture would help you out here.
  • Back painted glass is any form of clear glass that is painted from the back side and viewed from the front side, or "first surface" side. Painted glass makes it possible to incorporate whites, pastels and soft earth tones in your designs. The paint color is applied to the underside of the glass and the color shines through the top of the glass. Back painted glass gives an elegant touch making the furniture even more beautiful. You can also contrast the back paint with the paint of the room. It can be a great option for amplifying modern and contemporary themes, especially in kitchens and living rooms.