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How to Protect a Wooden Table Top

Wood is one of the most popular materials for dining tables and kitchen tables – for most kinds of tables out there, in fact. However, as robust as a wooden table may be structurally, the table top can be prone to surface damage from scratches and spills.

If you want to protect the wooden surface with very little maintenance, glass table protectors provide a practical modern solution.

Why choose a glass table topper?

Elegant glass pairs well with classic wood for all types of furniture, so fixing a sheet of glass over a wooden table top will always be a winner. It’s scratch-resistant, easy to clean, and you can still see the wood through it.

Being several times stronger than regular glass, toughened glass table protectors can strengthen the table and shield its surface at the same time.

Don’t hide your table under a tablecloth or stress about wood maintenance – here’s how you can choose a glass table protector to upgrade your wooden table.

Consider the size and shape of the table

To fit a glass table protector perfectly to the wooden table top, you must measure it as exactly as possible. This is easier with standard table shapes like rectangles, squares, and even circles, but can be trickier if your table has more unique dimensions.

The size and shape of the glass should match the size and shape of the table top underneath, with little to no overhang. You may prefer to extend the edges to achieve a slightly bigger table, but the overhanging parts will be more vulnerable to impacts.

The bigger the sheet of glass, the heavier it will be, so you must also consider the weight of the glass and the load-bearing capacity of the table before adding a glass cover.

Choose the right glass thickness and finish

A toughened glass table cover should be a minimum of 6mm thick to ensure it’s strong enough to protect the table. The thicker the glass, the stronger it will be, but this also increases the weight and may reduce the visibility of the wood beneath it.

The glass finish is also important, as standard glass tends to have a greenish hue due to iron deposits. You can opt for low-iron glass if you still want to show off the wooden table top, or tinted or frosted glass for a more stylised appearance.

Be sure to choose glass with polished edges, like a regular glass table top or shelf, as this finishing touch can make a big difference in how your table protector looks.

Find a reliable bespoke glass supplier

Once you’ve calculated your table top dimensions and chosen the type of glass you want, the next step is to search for a supplier of glass cut to size.

For example, Express Toughening is a trusted nationwide supplier of all kinds of custom toughened glass products – so you can count on them to provide a high-quality glass table protector that meets your requirements to a T.

When your glass table cover arrives, secure it to your wooden table using your preferred method, then enjoy your newly protected table with its fresh glass topper!