The table glass’s thickness depends on the table’s size and your requirement. Whether you need a tabletop or a glass table cover. Some glass thickness sizes are used as table tops(6mm to 19mm), and others as protective tables covers (3mm to 5mm).
The strength of glass depends upon its thickness, but remember that the thicker the glass makes your table heavier.
Glasses of thickness ¾ in(19mm) ½(12mm) ⅜ in(10mm) ¼(6mm) are used as tables tops. Large tables(dining) need more robust and thick table tops such as ¾in(19mm) and ½in(12mm). While medium and small-sized tables can have ¼ and ⅜ inch-thick glass.
Glass patio tables are used in posh outdoor decoration. So they should be solid and thick enough to bear heavy objects and provide durability. That’s why ½ ⅜ and ¼ inch thick glass is suitable for a patio table.
While glass table cover is a thin glass layer(3-5mm) placed over another surface. Such as a wood top, for protection and attractiveness. If you use the glass as a tabletop, make sure it’s thick enough to bear the weight of objects to be placed. Ideally, large tables should have a glass thickness of 1/2 inches, and medium tables should have a glass thickness of 1/4 and 3/8 inches.
However, thin glass can also be used as a tabletop in bedside tables.
In short, if you are using glass for furniture protection (as a cover), opt for ⅛(3mm) to ¼ inch(6mm) thick tabletop. However, to use the glass as a tabletop, use ¾(19mm) to ⅜(10mm) inch thickness.
The table top of size ⅛(3mm):
⅛ (3mm)inch glass is best to use as a medium to small tables protection(cover). This size is ideal for end tables (bedside tables). ⅛ (3mm) glass is not quite thick, that’s why not suitable to use as a sole table top.
The table top of size 5/32(4mm)
A 5/32(4mm)-inch glass is less thick and can be used as a protective cover in medium-sized coffee tables, bedside tables, dressers, etc.
The table top of size 3/16(5mm):
3/16 inches (5 mm) thick glass is used as a protective cover for small table tops. They are mainly used in nightstands, bedside tables, and patio tables.
The table top size of ¼(6mm):
¼ inch (6mm) glass is medium-sized, not quite thin or thick. And is commonly used as tabletops and protective cover in medium size restaurants, coffee tables, and dining tables. They are also used as a tabletop in small dining and patio tables. For small table tops and as a table cover, a ¼ size is an ideal option.
Table top size of ⅜(10mm):
⅜ inch thick glass provides more strength than smaller sizes and is used as a tabletop instead of a cover. 10 mm glass is suitable for small to medium standalone tables (dining, patio). That are not used heavily and are not suitable for longer dining tables.
The table top of size ½(12mm):
½ inches thick glass tables top provides maximum durability and strength gives attractiveness and can be used day and night. ½ glass thickness is ideal for a standalone glass tables and is used in dining, patio tables, conference rooms, and offices.
The table size of ¾(19mm):
Glass with a thickness of 3/4 inches is used in luxury and large dining tables, shower doors, glass floors, and building fronts. ¾ inch thickness is the maximum for glass table tops and is ideal for bearing heavy weights.
Glass’s ideal thickness depends on the size of the table and the purpose of use, such as the tabletop or table cover.
To use as a tabletop in large tables ½ inch (12mm) and ¾inch(19mm) are ideal sizes. ¼ inch is a medium-thick glass and is preferred as medium size tabletops and tables protective covers. For medium-sized table tops ⅜, inch glass is suitable.
While if we talk about low thick glass such as 1/8(3mm) to 3/16(5mm), they are mainly used as a protective layer over the wooden structure or surface instead of a tabletop.
But it’s better to share your requirements and the table size with the seller for a better recommendation.
Hopefully, this guide will help you to choose a suitable glass top for your table.