How to design glass partitions

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How to design glass partitions
Architectural or textured glass diffuses light and adds privacy between spaces (amber glass art image by robert mobley from Fotolia.com)

Installing glass partitions can add a contemporary flair to your home or office while also creating zones of privacy. Glass partitions not only divide your space seamlessly, but enable you to add interest and texture to a room through almost endless choices of glass. Clear, coloured, bevelled, textured, architectural--use one type of glass or combine several to design glass partitions that reflect the style of a home or office. From closets to conference rooms, glass partitions provide a sophisticated solution to dividing a room in a simple but functional manner.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Painter's tape
  • Tape measure

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Sketch the room with a pencil and paper, marking the areas you'll be placing the glass partitions.

  2. 2

    Designate on your sketch the function for the glass partitions. Do you need them to provide a soundproof area? Are then intended to provide privacy? Do you need stationary partitions or ones that slide to varying sizes? Write the specific functions on the sketch. Keep these functions in mind as you shop for glass.

    Determine how you'll use the partitions to divide the space. Decide if the partitions will divide the room into two equal parts; if the partitions will be used to divide a small part of the room for an office or a closet; if the glass will provide a partial screen, such as a partition mounted above a counter top or on top of a half wall; or if the partitions will be used to create a visual point of interest, such as panels suspended behind a couch.

  3. 3

    Measure the length (from wall to wall) and width (from the floor to the ceiling). If you are not placing the partitions from floor to ceiling, measure the level to which the glass partitions will rise. Measure and lay place the glass partitions to better visualise what the space will area as you move on to choose the types of glass you'll use in your design.

  4. 4

    Measure the area in which you will place the panels. Write the measurement on a sheet of paper. Next, decide how many inches to leave between each panel, and then double it. Subtract the number from the measurement number. Presume you are placing three panels behind a couch that is 66 inches long, with six inches between each of three panels.

    Your mathematical equation would be 66-12=54. Divide 54 by 3 (the number of panels) to determine the length of each panel (18 inches).

  5. 5

    Tape off the area(s) in which you intend to place glass partitions, using painter's tape, Allow for spacing between multiple panels, if your design includes more than one panel.

  1. 1

    Use clear glass partitions to create an illusion of open space. Use textured, coloured or architectural glass if you need more privacy. Consider using stained or bevelled glass designs in your partitions if you want to create a focal point as well as increase privacy.

  2. 2

    Add curtains or blinds that close to enhance the privacy feature of glass partitions

  3. 3

    Use stained glass in your design to add interest as well as privacy to your space. Stained glass dividers offer privacy while filtering in diffused, beautiful hues of light through the coloured glass.

  4. 4

    Integrate the mounting of the glass partitions into your design. Glass partitions can be designed as a series of panels mounted into wooden or metal frames. They can be bonded together with adhesive tape specially made for glass panels. Also, panels could be suspended from the ceiling without having to reach the floor. Use glass dividers in combination with brick or traditional walls, so that only the upper portion of walls are made of glass. Mount sliding glass panels in two ways: on a monorail mounted to the ceiling, or on a double-track system, with one track mounted on the ceiling and one on the floor.Choose hardware finishes (for the handles, if you have any, and mountings) that enhance the space.

Tips and warnings

  • If designing glass partitions for exterior walls such as a sun room, consider laminated glass. If broken, it remains in the frame, with glass fragments sticking to the vinyl interlayer. You can incorporate many functions into your design, such as sound reduction through double-glazed windows or reduced visibility by adding a synthetic film or frosted or blizzard glass.

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