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Glass surfaces can be a welcome addition to any living space since they have a timeless look and can be so easy to clean. If you’re interested in glass table tops for your dining room table or living room coffee table, it’s important that you take your time selecting a table top that will work well for your needs. From choosing the right thickness of the glass to different transparencies, take the time to consider the following.


The thickness of the glass plays a large part if how sturdy the table top is. In the event that the table top is impacted, it can be so reassuring to know that the glass is thick enough where it won’t shatter. Thicker glass is also less likely to be scratched, making it a good idea to look into the options for thickness.


While many people look for glass table tops that are as transparent as possible, this may not be a good idea if you’re concerned about your dining room table being clear. Comparing your options can help give you a clear idea of what transparency would be good for wherever you’re intending on using the table top surface.

With so many variations for table tops made of glass, it’s crucial that you consider what your own personal use will be. By knowing how you plan on incorporating this surface in your home, you can be confident that it will last in the years to come. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding glass table tops and their use in your home.


Living in small apartments is common for city dwellers, but there are plenty of ways to maximize your square footage and make it feel spacious. Glass table tops, for example, are stylish, efficient, and meet many needs. Even in the smallest living rooms, you can add a glass table without making the space feel cluttered. Here are some ideas:

Surface area 

Go with a two-tier table to maximize surface area, with a glass top tier. You can use the glass table top as a conventional coffee table; it can hold coasters, a candle, photographs, a book, or simply leave it spare if that's what you prefer. 

Get creative with the bottom tier. Fan out those back issues of your favorite magazines that have been accumulating dust in the corner. You can also pile books if you're short on bookshelf space. 

For those who like to buy items in bulk but lack storage space: find a straw or fabric box for your extra items, and make sure it has a lid. Place the box on the bottom tier. If the box is shallow enough, it's like creating a third tier. You can still place books or magazines on top of the box. Get a round box for a square table, and a square box for a round table. 

Illusion of more space

Your glass table top will reflect whatever is placed on the surface. This gives the illusion of a more spacious living area. If you're worried that placing a coffee table in a small living room will feel cramped, the illusion of less density will help.


Customizing glass table tops are easy and common, so you can create a table that is perfect for your space. Customize your table to fit the exact length of wall nook, or fit perfectly in the center of your seating arrangement. 

At Hutchins Glass and Mirror, we can help you find the ideal glass table top for your home. Contact us to get started.

a3fe66728906c623f76370bc7970f860smallAt first blush, it may seem like there’s not much to say about the materials used to make glass table tops. After all, it’s glass right? Well, as long-time glass table top manufacturers, we can tell you that nothing is further from the truth. Although glass has been around commercially since before 2000 B.C., it has changed much over the years. This is especially the case when it comes to the glass used in table manufacturing.

Not just any old piece of glass can be used to make table tops. It has to be strong, thick and shatter resistant or shatter proof. This knowledge was gained over time and used to perfect glass table top offerings. For example, in the 1960s, interior designers liked to use glass mixed with iron oxide to make table tops because of its aesthetic value. Before that time period, people liked to use everything from mosaic, lead crystal and sheet to frosted glass.

Today, glass table top standards are set by ASTM International. Their standards are designed to help keep consumers safe. As such, they dictate that safety glass should ideally be used to manufacture glass table tops. It is widely considered to be the best material to use in furniture production because it doesn’t shatter like untreated glass. Plus, it can be just as attractive as decorative glass. Nonetheless, we have seen table tops made with annealed glass, which shatters differently too. It has a tendency to break into big, sharp, triangular pieces whereas safety glass does not. It tends to break into dull, small rectangular or square-shaped pieces. Thus, it is less apt to cut people in the event of an accident.

To learn more about the different types of glass and how it is fashioned into custom table tops, please contact us today. We have been working with all sorts of glass for over 90-years. Custom and standard table top work is just one of our many fabrication specialties. We also do installation work and introductory consultations are complimentary.

smallOver the years, so many Americans have fallen under the spell of glass top coffee tables and one type in particular, Herman Miller’s Noguchi. The company was able to produce the popular piece in the 1940s thanks to Isamu Noguchi, who was a revered Japanese artist at the time. He’s the same man who later went on to create some of the most famous outdoor art in the world, including NYC’s Red Cube and the Sunken Garden. In the years that followed, the public’s love affair with the glass topped table faded briefly, only to resume in the 1980s.

Understandably, all of those years were not kind to some of the famous artist’s glass top coffee tables. As such, there are many tables out there in need of a serious facelift. If your Noguchi coffee table is one of them, don’t worry. At Hutchinson Glass & Mirror, we can repair or replace its glass top to exact specifications. It doesn’t matter if your original one was outfitted with 7/8-inch or ¾-inch thick, plate glass. Our custom fabricators can easily handle both types.

Speaking of which, if you have a replica Noguchi table and want to redesign it in a way that deviates from the norm, we can do that too. For example, we can etch the image of Japanese roses or other designs into the glass or add a bit of frosting. We can also transform its look with back-painted glass or other adornments. Just set up a complimentary consultation and let us know what you want the glass top to look like. Once we have a clear idea of your vision and have had a chance to look at the coffee table’s wooden base, we can manufacture the glass table top of your dreams. To learn more about customizing or repairing glass top coffee tables like the Noguchi, please contact us today.

0dc96db73139cc96125a28e937278895FOR BLOGCoffee tables with glass table tops can look very modern, yet fit into a large variety of decorating styles. A unique attribute about these types of tables is that you can use a variety of decorations underneath the glass to add your own style to the piece. If you’re curious about what kind of collection to display for glass table tops, consider the following ideas.

  • Photographs make wonderful decorations and can be a great way to look back on favorite memories. You could even use postcards from trips you’ve been on to create a unique look without the need for personal family photos.
  • Seashells look beautiful and can fit in with breezy sea-themed rooms. Trying out an assortment of different shells that vary in colors and sizes can help you display a collection that is sure to become a focal point.
  • If you enjoy drinking beer, you should consider displaying coasters or bottle caps from some of your favorite breweries. Due to the small size of these items, your collection can be quite large without looking too busy.
  • Music lovers can display their collection of CD art or records underneath the surface of a glass table top without concern over it becoming damaged.
  • Placing books underneath the glass top can allow you to easily view the covers so that you can appreciate your love for literature.

With a glass table top of a coffee table, you can likely display items underneath on a supported surface. If you’re interested in purchasing one of these tables for your home, please contact us for more information.

a3fe66728906c623f76370bc7970f860 resizedWith one of the year’s biggest, most celebrated cooking holidays on the horizon, we wanted to talk about glass table tops. Many people ask us, “Are they safe to use during Thanksgiving feasts?” The succinct answer is, “Yes, with a few caveats.” Remember, not all glass table tops are created equal. As such, they tend to vary when it comes to things like the ability to handle thermal expansion, rapid temperature changes and the impact of external forces. With that said, here’s a rundown of what to keep in mind:

Don’t set glass topped tables near heat sources or in unheated rooms. Otherwise, as you’re cooking Thanksgiving dinner, the rapid changes in air temperatures could cause stress to build. And like anything else, when stress builds to a certain point, it could cause cracks or a total breakdown to occur.

Do remember to avoid placing very hot or cold plates onto glass table tops too. Those types of temperature extremes may create stress as well. Therefore, it is always better to use temperature resistant items to separate the dinnerware from the glass table tops (e.g. coasters, rubber footed trivets and thermal mats).

Similar maybe said for drinking glasses that have a tendency to sweat. They could cause the glass table top to develop hard water marks or other types of discoloration. If that does happen, act quickly and try to remove the stains from the table using Lemi Shine® Detergent or full strength, white vinegar and a lint-free, absorbent cloth.

Don’t place salt blocks, plates or slabs directly onto glass table tops either. Invest in a piece of butcher block or a corrosion resistant plate that can cradle the blocks or slabs during Thanksgiving dinner service. After all, salt is very corrosive and is frequently used to etch glass. So placing a salt block onto the table could actually mar the glass surface and weaken it all the way down to the core.

To learn more about making stunning, glass table tops a focal point during your next Thanksgiving dinner, please contact us at Hutchinson Glass & Mirror today.

rsz 7d5aca3c89a9edefbbaa53f67589d316Solid coffee tables might be overly traditional for most households, but have you ever thought of using a glass top coffee table in your living room or guest room? It's a stylish way to decorate a room and one that you won't regret based on its usefulness in more ways than one. Some people underestimate the value of glass for rooms and how reflections help in the realm of interior design. Especially in small spaces, it's well worth considering using on coffee tables of any size.

Reflecting Light

One of the most significant ways a glass coffee table can help a room is the ability to reflect natural light. This can help brighten up a room if you have overly dominant items in a room such as a grand piano. Other overly dark items can stand out better this way, particularly if the glass coffee table is close to a window with open curtains. Just be sure the room has at least one window so you'll have a natural light source.

Giving the Illusion of Space

Glass coffee tables can be seen through, which helps give the illusion of transparency. By using glass, it gives a feeling a room is more expansive than it perhaps really is. It works the same as mirrors do in helping create reflections that give the illusion of more space in rooms with small dimensions. The glass's transparency also gives a chance for a fashionable rug to stand out more as a centerpiece to the room.

Helps Provide Balance with an Overly Colorful Room

If your room has overly bright colors, the transparent glass on your coffee table helps bring a color balance. There's such a thing as going overboard with color to a point where it cries out for something muted. A glass coffee table is just what you need in those scenarios. Placing one in the center of an overly colorful room helps provide visual interest and offsets recurring patterns.

Tiered Glass Coffee Tables

This customized idea is a good one because you can place decorative items in between the tiers on the table. This gives a chance to highlight those items without having them be obtrusive on the table's surface. It also helps protect items like antiques or books if food and drinks are regularly passed around the table's surface.

We want to help design a glass coffee table for you so you can enjoy all these benefits. Contact us so we can customize a glass coffee table for any room in your home. We're a family-owned company that's been around for 94 years providing quality glass and mirror products to generations of customers.


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