About Glass Room Partitions

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About Glass Room Partitions
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Open floor-plan homes, loft space and vast office areas look impressive, but don't always offer the best use of space. Permanent walls can efficiently divide the room, but block out the light and beauty of the architecture. In contrast, glass partitions create a room with a view--or an attractively obscured view. Whether you're creating a cubicle out of sliding doors or hiding an unsightly fuse panel behind a folding screen, glass partitions offer appealing, multifunctional and unobtrusive solutions for your needs.

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Function

Glass partitions can be used to temporarily or permanently divide home or office space into multiple living or work areas. These dividers can add visual or soundproof privacy, create a complete room within a room or add decorative division to an open floor plan. Glass room partitions are used to provide visual or sound barriers that don't block the light from windows or fixtures, maintaining a more open and airy feeling.

Styles

Glass room partitions typically come in four main styles. The freestanding partition is made of glass panes set into wood, metal or plastic panels. These panels are hinged for staggered positioning that allows the partition to stand on its own. Use freestanding partitions as a decorative accent or to visually break up large spaces. Place them in the corner of a room to allow privacy for changing or to store items away from public view.

Permanently mounted glass partitions typically consist of a single pane of glass that is attached with brackets to the wall, ceiling, floor or built-in furniture. Use bracket-attached glass for visual privacy between restaurant booths, between an office area and the waiting room or the foyer and living space. Attach glass partitions to the wall to separate an open plan master bedroom from the bath area.

Sliding glass door partitions are set into rails on the ceiling, floor and walls. Each panel slides back and forth, allowing for various positions depending on your needs. Slide the panels closed for complete privacy. Leave some panels open as a doorway between areas, or slide all panels together to allow for free flow of movement and conversation. Use sliding glass panels to separate large meeting rooms, create office cubicles or divide a bedroom area from the sitting room or open loft space. Sliding glass door partitions can provide various levels of visual and sound privacy, depending on the size and configuration.

Motorised glass room partitions are made in hinged metal panels, like a garage door, that fold up into the ceiling when not being used to divide a space. These motorised partitions are typically made of heavier grade materials for use in businesses for added privacy and security barriers.

Glass Types

Room partitions can be made from a wide variety of glass options, such as clear, frosted, tinted, textured, patterned and coloured. Decorative glass dividers, typically on bracketed or freestanding styles, can be made in various shapes of sculpted glass or with stained glass. Office sliding door partitions for cubicles often use acrylic glass (Plexiglas). For added security, order motorised glass room partitions with tempered or bulletproof glass.

Benefits

Glass room partitions are a cost-effective way to divide rooms, requiring little to no structural changes to your home or office. These sheer or opaque dividers let light through to maintain the brightness and flow of an open floor plan and to keep office cubicles from feeling stifling. Glass partitions allow for the most efficient use of space, creating divisions when necessary without taking up a lot of room. Most styles can be cleaned easily and are low-maintenance; unlike permanent walls, they require no painting or special cleaning products to remove scuffs, scratches or grime.

Considerations

There are six factors to consider when buying glass partitions. First, decide if you will dividers to reduce noise or soundproof the room. Freestanding or partial wall partitions will provide little to no sound reductions, while sliding door and motorised partition styles have more options for sound abatement.

Choose clear, colour-tinted or etched glass to let the most light through to rooms. Frosted, sculpted, dark-tinted and stained glass will provide more visual privacy between areas.

Consider tempered glass, double-paned and bulletproof glass options for optimal soundproofing and security environments. Select lighter weight glass or acrylic glass for cost-effective and decorative options at home and at work.

Decide whether stationary, adaptable or completely movable glass partitions will fill your needs the best. Think about how the space will be used and if the wall(s) will always work best in the same location.

Evaluate the design of the existing space and choose partitions to suit that design. Metal sliding glass doors typically work best in a modern or office environment. Elaborate, decorative glass partitions should match the style of the art in the home. Freestanding partitions can be found in a variety of frame finishes and glass types to suit every decor Bring fabric and paint swatches to the store to help select matching coloured glass.

Check your budget before browsing for glass partitions. Heavier glass, sculpted and uniquely shaped glass and motorised partitions will cost more money than other options.

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