Catch our insights on putting together glass dining sets that will stay in your home for generations
Glass and chrome seems right, glass and wood doesn’t. We have come to align glass so much with contemporary, modern, minimalist homes that we fail to realise how versatile this material actually is. It is neat and elegant, offsets homes beautifully and can be well maintained for years. Glass top dining tables have become popular off-late. The best one for your home is one that works in your budget, is solid and well constructed, fits into your space and adheres to your home style. While dining tables are almost always chosen for their function or looks, type of wood or silhouette, a little more work can go into glass.
Glass top dining table sets don’t come with a fixed budget. Surprisingly, you’ll be amazed at what’s possible or what can be done with a limited budget. Most importantly with glass, presentation is crucial. While it matters how the dining table looks, what also matters is how it fits in with the surrounding space. You wouldn’t want your dining set to stick out like a sore thumb now would you? Or the rest of your home in vintage wood while dining in chrome and steel? Glass surfaces feel clean and sophisticated. They extend the decorative influences of their surroundings. Keep these tips in mind before picking a glass top dining table to ensure you own one that remains in the family for years.
Always The Budget, Before The Buy
Yes, money. The dining table costs money, and plenty at that. You’ll be surprised what it works upto when you buy material and wood, glass and nuts, adding making charges to it all. Personalised and customised versions need even deeper pockets. Why would you do this? Because you want your dining table to let for years. Not fold up at the first sign of change in decor. One rule of thumb in budgetary allocation is fixing your spending, and working backwards. Get a rough idea of different pricing. Frosted, stained, clear glass tops are differently priced. Besides they also factor in wastage. Plan before you buy, and you’ll be overwhelmed with unforeseen expenses.
Plan Your Glass Dining Table Design And Go With It
A good dining table is one that will last. If you’re planning to get one built, minimise the fuss and frills, instead go all out sturdy. Pick toughened glass, preferably in single sheet without etchings or designs. Look at the table’s construction and whether you want it round or rectangular. Round glass tables need extra care and a sturdy base. Timeless designs are simpler to make, ergonomic, functional and easy to maintain. You don’t want to be making something that will be too hard to hold in case you’re moving homes or renovating.
Measure The Heck Out Of Your Dining Space
Imagine for a moment, the amount of pain you’ve taken in planning and making a dining table. The hours of work put into materials and workmanship, ideas and plans. Then having it all fall apart because you forgot to measure the space it will occupy in your dining room? A design and measurement mismatch is a hazard you want to avoid. One rule of thumb is to always begin with measurements, not the design. See what kind of space you have, what will fit and how it can be made. Glass top tables surprisingly fit in anywhere, are often easy to dismantle and discreet. Round glass tops intact need a central support pillar and fit well in corners. Longer six to eight-seater tables occupy more space and are great for large dining rooms. Whatever you decide, just measure your space and then plan everything else.
Factor In The Kind Of Seating You Want
Unlike regular wooden dining tables, glass-topped ones are see-through. Therefore seating matters. Balanced seating is important because you can’t hide those chairs away. Alternately large, ornate seating won’t work with delicate glass-topped. But match well with coloured, heavy glass. Decide whether woodworks or contemporary chrome and metal. Most essentially, understand ‘visual weight’. It’s the sense of furniture and how much it overwhelms or underwhelms a room. Technically what glass table set fits a visual aesthetic, may actually be too dark or too bulky a piece for the dining room.
Consider Your Needs Before Finalising The Shape OF Your Glass Dining Table
Unlike a regular wooden table top that can be shaped and fixed even when it’s ready to be installed, glass shapes need to be decided even before they are made. Glass tables are popular in round or oval shape, and rarely seen square or rectangular. This is because the single circumference of glass is better supported centrally than the sides. Round shapes are also great for small families, enhance conversations and remove the need for ahead of the table. Assess the needs of the people who will be seated here and design one accordingly.
Don’t Forget The Table Supports
Pedestal, trestle, legs, there’s so many ways to support glass table sets. Pedestals are probably most popular and allow more people to gather around. Always decide your glass table with how it can accommodate people. Try sitting around, stretching legs and moving things. Verify whether you have enough space for the knees. Table supports help in holding things up, while also providing flexibility. Glass tables with legs are just as smart, although maybe space-occupying and inconvenient.
Finally Select Your Perfect Glass For Your Dining Table
As much as we’ve touched upon glass and its kinds all through this article, you must know what you want surely before you buy. Among clear, tinted and frosted, clear glass is the most bought. It works out relatively inexpensively and creates a sense of openness. As much as it does not react to cold, glass can crack, break or chip from heat. A good brand of glass can last for decades but scratches can mar it.
Glass top dining table sets are gorgeous home furniture and do much to elevate the design of a home. Putting together one that’s both beautiful and functional takes a bit of work and much thought. When you invest your time in it, you’ll be rewarded with a piece that lasts in your family for generations. It is the present and the future of your home interiors!
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