Amelie Faucheux. Coffee Table. January 22nd , 2018.
Many people suggest that in households with small children even a tempered glass coffee table is unsuitable as the possibility of it shattering is just too great. Of course, it is up to individual parents to make their own choices in this matter, but it is always best to err on the side of caution where safety is at stake. For parents who consider a glass coffee table an absolute necessity the option of safety films should also be looked into.
For this reason it is vitally important to check when purchasing a glass coffee table whether it has been made with tempered glass. Not only should you ask the sales assistant but you should seek confirmation that their response is truthful as it can be very hard to tell what type of glass a table is made from just by looking. You might consider it unlikely that it will shatter, but people do fall, particularly children. Even sitting on a table when distracted could cause it to shatter and inflict life shattering injuries.
Tempered glass is a glass that has been treated so that if shattered it splits into small, regular shaped cubes that are unlikely to cause injury. However, many tables are not made from this kind of glass. Many coffee tables are in fact made from a thicker sheet of ordinary cheaper glass. If this glass shatters it can splinter into long spikes that can easily pierce the body.
When selecting a table, keep in mind that in contrast to other furnishings, you can go in an entirely different direction with a round glass table. This is particularly true if you decide to make the table a statement or focal piece in the room, such as if you buy a coffee table that is built around a nice sculpture or work of art. A table like this can work just as well in a traditional furnished room as it does in a modern, contemporary or transitional room. It stands apart, while still blending in nicely to its surroundings. Such is the beauty of a glass coffee table.
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