How to Create a Glass Top Table

Updated February 21, 2017

Making a glass-top table can be a wonderful way to not only create some unique furniture for your home, but also a way to preserve memories. The best part is that you can make a glass-top table out of practically anything.

Find a base for your glass-top table. This can be anything: an existing coffee table, a pram or pallets.

Prepare the base. If you are working with a pram, you need to remove the carriage and leave just the frame and wheels. If you are working with an existing table, you need to modify the table by either removing the existing top or adding to the sides.

Modify the sides of the existing table by measuring the tabletop and cutting boards to match the width and length. Sand the wood to make it smooth and secure it to the table sides with nails or screws. By adding to the sides of the table, you create a place not only to set the glass for the glass-top table, but a place to lay photos, a map of a special place, drawings or other items beneath the glass.

Set the glass in place. If you are working with a pram, you can secure the glass to the frame with double-sided suction cups. If you are working with an existing table from which you removed the top, secure the glass with clear adhesive. For the table with the modified sides, simply lay the glass top in place.


Tempered glass is a must for this project, especially of you have children. Because of the way tempered glass is manufactured, it's stronger than conventional glass. More importantly, when it beaks, it breaks into very small pieces that have no dangerous, jagged edges.

Things You'll Need

  • Base
  • Tempered glass
  • Wood
  • Saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Measuring tape
  • Nails or screws
  • Hammer or screwdriver
  • Suction cups
  • Adhesive
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Marjorie Gilbert is a freelance writer and published author. An avid researcher, Gilbert has created an Empire gown (circa 1795 to 1805) from scratch, including drafting the gown's patterns by hand.