Decorating & Furniture/Glass Table Top


I am considering purchasing two occasional tables for my living room, which are significantly reduced in price because they are missing the glass tops.  I have priced out replacing them with 1/2" thick glass, and it runs about $100 each, but is CONSIDERABLY more expensive if I want tempered glass.  The glass people have told me that it takes quite a bit of force to break a glass of that thickness.  Do you know whether most tops 1/2" thick are tempered?  What would you do?

Thanks so much for your help!


I'd take the bargain and run with it -- unless you have small children in the house!  At the thickness you describe, the glass is pretty sturdy, but tempering has more to do with how a piece of glass breaks (shatters versus large sharp pieces).  

Small children might clang a toy on top or climb atop the glass and that's a dangerous situation.  If you do have small children around your house, get a quote for plexi-glass.

Thanks for writing and for your questions.

Jenny Wojcik

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