Throughout most of my house, I have glass top tables in practically every room. I have always enjoyed them and I know that they look really nice. Over the years, I have come to realize that there are a number of advantages and disadvantages to glass table tops, and I have had to learn to live with both. While they certainly have their drawbacks and can be a pain in the neck sometimes, I still love my glass tables and would not trade them for the world.
One of the best things about glass top tables is how easy they are to clean. My wife is always commenting on how all it takes is some window cleaner to take care of all of the grime, drink rings and dust that gets on it, and it is usually a matter of just wiping it all up. I remember on one occasion my daughter spilled her milk on one of our glass tables and we had it cleaned up within a matter or seconds. We did not have to worry about it setting in, staining or anything like that, it was just clean!
Another thing that I really like about glass top tables is that fact that you can see what is going on underneath them. This is not the case with wood tables, and I am sure that most parents can relate to the fact that kids will often play under the table. With a glass table top, I do not have to worry about our children getting into trouble under the table, because my wife and I can see both of them and stop them from doing something they should not be doing. This may sound like a small thing, but it is important for us.
One of the drawbacks of glass top tables is that they can break. This has happened to our family on three separate occasions. The first time, something fell and crashed through a glass coffee table in the living room. The second time, my son had stacked too many things on the dining room table, and it shattered under the weight. On the third occasion, a glass bedside table tipped over and broke. Each of these instances did create a big mess and was not pleasant to clean up, and it can be dangerous if you’re not careful.
Even with that drawback, my wife and I still love glass top tables and will continue to use them in our home. There is an elegance and an aesthetic quality to them that wood tables typically don’t possess. There are some disadvantages to them, but for us, it is worth it to have them around.