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How to Keep a Glass Table Top From Sliding

Updated April 17, 2017

Glass tabletops are a prominent feature in many homes. From dining tables to coffee tables, glass surfaces are often chosen because they're easy to clean, reflect light and colour and fit with nearly any style of decor Despite the versatility of glass tabletops, they are fragile and may easily slide from their bases and shatter. Therefore, if you have a glass tabletop, take certain precautions to ensure that your tables stay in one piece.

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  1. Examine the table's base. Many products exist to provide a barrier between a glass top and the base that it sits on. However, certain products may leach the finish from the surface that the glass is placed on. For instance, double-sided tape can be useful for securing a glass tabletop, but it can also peel off finish.

  2. Purchase a barrier. Visit a hardware store and purchase an appropriate barrier such as rubber dots, double-sided tape or plastic spacers. These items are often clear so that they don't appear beneath the glass. Consider the table size when choosing a bumper because a large piece of glass should also have large bumpers to keep it in place.

  3. Consider making a barrier. Another option is to create a barrier at home. Household items that can be cut into rubber barriers include bath mats, plastic sink mats and anything with a malleable, but rubbery surface. It's also important that the substance used has a singular thickness; otherwise, the table will not sit flat. Simply cut the rubber mat into four small squares and place these between the corners of the glass and table base. Super glue or rubber cement can also be placed on one side of the rubber mat and then attached to the table or base; however, the rubber may be difficult to remove at a later date.

  4. Secure the barrier. Usually the barriers can be applied directly to the glass top or to the base, but make sure to read guidelines before applying because these items are designed to stick. Rubber dots have one side that is sticky and one that is simply a rubber base. The sticky side should be placed on the four corners of the table or four corners of the base that the glass will sit on. Remember that the sticky side may peel off paint or finish, so applying it to the glass may be the best option.

  5. Place the table on its base. The final step is to place the glass, now equipped with rubber stoppers, on the table base. Try lightly bumping the table or gently pushing it to see if it slides. The rubber should grip the glass and hold it in place.

  6. Tip

    Choose clear rubber pads if the tabletop is clear.

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Things You'll Need

  • Rubber pads or mat

About the Author

J.R. Erickson

Based in northern Michigan, J.R. Erickson has been a freelance writer since 2006. She has been published at the White Pine Press, Michigan Nature Association, Life in the USA, Storyhouse.org and The Four Cornered Universe. Erickson holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Michigan State University.

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