Save Your Gorgeous Wood Furniture From Scratches With This Clever Glass Trick

Wood is a sought-after material for furniture for its durability and elegance. However, wood furniture is highly susceptible to scratches and dents, especially if you have kids and pets. While it's not pocket-friendly to replace the tables when they begin showing signs of wear and tear, it's possible to shield them with a clever glass trick. Simply add a glass tabletop to your gorgeous wood furniture to save it from unsightly scratches. The primary reason a glass tabletop will save your wooden furniture from damage is that it's incredibly durable, scratch-proof, and spill-resistant.

The toughened glass will protect the furniture beneath and ensure it lasts a long time. But that's not the only thing going for it; It's also easy to clean and maintain, where a damp microfiber cloth or glass cleaner is all you'll need. Plus, if you go with a transparent tabletop, it'll highlight the natural beauty and grain of the wood furniture beneath. But these characteristics are akin to a double-edged sword. The reflective surface will showcase smudges, dust, and debris in stark contrast. So, if you have a busy household, chances are the tabletop will have to be cleaned multiple times a day, or it'll look messy and dirty. You must also be prepared for spills seeping beneath the glass surface and settling there unless you lift the top and clean it. If you're fine with these caveats, here's how to choose and DIY a glass tabletop on your wood furniture.

How to choose and DIY a glass tabletop on wood furniture

Since the tabletop's thickness, shape, and size can be customized per your furniture's specifications, begin by measuring the top of the wood. In case the fixture resembles a square or rectangle, you just need to calculate its length and width using a measuring tape or stick. But if you have a round table, measure the distance from one end to another using a measuring tape to get the diameter. Next, divide the diameter by 2 to get the radius of the furniture. However, things get tricky if the table has rounded edges or features other unusual shapes.

Under such circumstances, take a roll of industrial or craft paper (you can even tape a few newspapers), drape the paper over the table, and let it hang over the sides by at least 6 inches. Secure the paper in place with heavy items and get a permanent marker to trace the table's edge. Once you have the measurements for the tabletop, it's time to think about the glass's thickness and type. Ideally, you should go for tempered glass as it's more durable than annealed glass and is kid- and pet-friendly. The thickness should be between ¼ and ⅜ inches, depending on the weight the table can bear. After you have the desired glass protector, attach it to the wood furniture using clear polyurethane adhesive gel or silicone sealant. Alternatively, use glass brackets and clamps, velcro mounting tape, or putty.