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Things to consider before buying Glass Shelves:

Published on: 27/04/2018
Last Updated: 09/06/2022
Glass Shelves

In their simplest form, bathroom shelves are platforms for organising, storing or displaying items. Besides this, shelves with glass have a charming opulence that is simply unmatched by any other materials and, therefore, will instantly update the style quotient of any space. Whatever your reason for adopting glass shelves for your home or bathroom, here are some pointers that you should keep in mind.

Glass shelves are often a cost-effective way to display your favourite artefacts and trophies for everyone to admire. Although shelves come in wood, metal, and PVC, glass is the material of choice. Because of its transparency and opulence, glass enhances the look of the object on display. It is recommended to choose toughened or laminated glass for better support. Together with brackets and supports, they create functional panels to organise and hold your items.

Glass is also generally easier to clean, and though it can break, it is often a lot more durable than most other materials.

Purpose and Location

What do shelves do inside bathroom spaces besides updating the aesthetics? A lot more! Keep in mind that bathroom glass shelves may not be the ideal material for carrying heavyweight stuff such as pots. Even the space selection for such a delicate set-up must be appropriate before making the purchase. Apart from creating the illusion of space with their smart placement, glass shelves also free up space on the ground in the more compact bathrooms. These are perfect for keeping clutter away, and your essentials are better placed. Glass is the material of choice in humid environments as it is resistant to condensation build-up and can be wiped clean.

Additionally, they are highly versatile as they match most types of interiors, whereas the same cannot be said about wood. It is also easy to fix them onto any area thanks to the wide variety of shapes and sizes you can find on the market. Not to mention that with a little creativity, you can use lighting effects on your glass shelves, illuminating them from above or below. The light will shine through the shelf, creating an atmospheric glow, and the items stored on it will be more visible too. Overall, you can have an impressive look in the bathroom in terms of practicality and aesthetics. So, whether your home needs a makeover or just some extra storage space, glass shelving is the better choice.

Safety considerations

Whenever opting for any products in glass, including shelves, always consider, its load-bearing capacity as safety can be an issue in case of accidental shattering. Homeowners with children must keep this in mind and prefer toughened safety glass and a secure placement area.

In general, never mount them anywhere or in such a way that someone might accidentally walk or slip and fall into them. Always remember that, even without shattering, the edges and corners of glass shelves can potentially cause severe injury.

Shapes and Sizes

Glass shelves are available in many shapes, from square and rectangular to angled and conical models with curved edges. These are custom or ready-to-install. These come in pre-cut sizes as well as can be cut to size. Whatever the size or shape you are looking for, there is a model for you. Supporting brackets are usually available separately.

Which are the different types of bathroom glass shelves?

Floating glass:

Commonly used in making windows, mirrors and, of course, shelves, it is durable and can handle medium loads.

Its flexibility also allows it to be fashioned into a variety of unique and different shapes and surfaces. For instance, it is often used to create elegantly curving floating shelves. Also known as “annealed glass”, floating glass is generally the cheapest and most available type of glass.

Laminated glass:

As the name suggests, such a glass has the uppermost protective layer of plastic and is difficult to break. It also does not shatter when broken. Because of its heavy nature, supporting brackets must also be heavyweight.

Its layers of laminate also provide it with greater strength, and it can support a fairly heavy load, though within reason.

Toughened glass:

Toughened or tempered glass is much stronger than normal glass. Its biggest advantage is its safety factor. This glass has a tough composition, and it breaks up into smaller pieces that are harmless. It can easily handle heavy loads such as books.

Tinted glass:

Tinted glass combines the functionality of a glass shelf with a more diverse and creative aesthetic look by adding some colour. Tinted glass generally offers the same strength and flexibility as floating glass.

Miller Classic Clear Glass Corner Shelf 200mm - 292320

Miller Classic Clear Glass Corner Shelf

Enjoy the luxurious presence of the Clear Glass Corner Shelf from Miller Classic in the bathroom. Having a clear glass makeup, it imparts a luxury and subtle elegance to the surroundings. Its tough, safety glass construction means it is durable, while its conical shapes make it ideal for installing in corners. Accompanying brackets are also crafted from top-quality materials and come with a rust-resistant chrome finish. Useful as well as easy to maintain and accommodate, it will hold your soaps and lotions with elan.

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Burlington Shelf With Railing

Burlington has established itself as a manufacturer of high-quality and chic bathroom accessories and brings you a marvellous bathroom shelf in the form of Burlington Shelf with Railing. The strong and durable creation comes in a smart glass design and an alluring chrome railing to securely store bathroom essentials. Its toughened safety glass body will stand up to humid wetroom conditions, stains and scratches. Make your choice from QS Supplies; we offer the product at an unbelievable price.

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Aqualux Haceka Standard Glass Shelf

Update your bathroom decor with this highly useful accessory, Aqualux Haceka Standard Glass Shelf. Incorporated with a delightful polished silver finish railing for support, the contemporary creation is equipped with a safety glass body for durable performance. The misty environment won’t damage it, and you can keep it clean by simply wiping itoff with a soft cloth. This charismatic and chic creation has been crafted to provide allure and attractiveness and store bathroom essentials.

Sarabeth Asaff

Sarabeth Asaff
Sarabeth Asaff is a former kitchen and bathroom designer who now works as a home and garden industry writer and expert. She has a working knowledge of all areas of the home improvement industry, and specialises in functional design and material advice.