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How do you childproof a glass coffee table?

How do you childproof a glass coffee table? This is a question that concerns most anxious parents and deserves serious consideration. If you are thinking about buying a new glass coffee table then it can be reasonably easy. simply follow our babyproofing tips below and all should be well.

HOW TO CHILD PROOF A GLASS COFFEE TABLE:

1. Always make sure that the table is manufactured from toughened glass. Toughened glass has tremendous compressive strength. It is manufactured by heating the glass until it becomes soft and then rapidly cooling the surface. This has the effect of creating what you could describe “a skin” on the outside of the glass. It is only when this skin is broken that the product breaks.

NOTE: Dependent upon the construction of the table the toughened glass thickness can vary from 6mm to 12mm. 6mm thick toughened glass is generally only used as an inlay for a wooden or metal base. If you’re considering an all glass construction then this should be at least 10mm or 12mm thick.

2. So how do you tell that’s its toughened glass? The glass should be permanently etched with the number EN12600 and or EN12150 denoting the relevant European standard with which the glass complies. The etching will either be discreetly positioned on a corner or more likely on the edge of the glass.

Childproofing your glass table

 

 

3. By choosing toughened glass you minimise any potential issues. If by any chance your child manages by some mysterious means manages to break the glass then it will disintegrate into thousands of relatively harmless fragments. Normal standard glass would break in shards which could have serious consequences.

Rest assured toughened glass will withstand adults standing on it and even attacks with a hammer so it will take a mammoth effort from your children to get through its defences!

4. Next you need to consider the corners of the table – most important if you have little ones running around. Obviously the design may dictate that the table is square or rectangular and therefore it follows that the corners will be so as well. If this is the case you need to ensure that these are dubbed or rounded to ensure any sharp points are removed – better still choose a table that has large radius corners or naturally a circular or oval table.

5. You should also always ensure that the edges of the glass have been polished – the most commonly used edge finish polishes the edge flat leaving a small polished angle on the top and bottom of the glass.

 

How to babyproof a glass coffee table

 

 

6. That takes care of the safety aspects so it is now down to you to choose a design from the hundreds on the market. Remember always buy from an established company preferably one specialising in glass furniture as they will be able to offer expert advice on the design you like.y choosing toughened glass you minimise any potential issues. If by any chance your child manages by some mysterious means manages to break the glass then it will disintegrate into thousands of relatively harmless fragments. Normal standard glass would break in shards which could have serious consequences.

Rest assured toughened glass will withstand adults standing on it and even attacks with a hammer so it will take a mammoth effort from your children to get through its defences!

7. You may be drawn to designs where the glass has been curved i.e.formed from a single sheet of glass. These are usually not toughened and you should bear this in mind when considering your purchase.

They gain their strength from the thickness of the glass used generally 12mm or 15mm thick.

By their very nature these thicknesses of glass will withstand considerable loads but can be broken if the impact is of sufficient force and could result in sharp edges of glass being exposed.

It’s impossible to say exactly how much force would be required to break a table of this design and providing the glass is 12mm thick you would have to drop something very heavy on it from quite a height – can’t see a toddler managing that!

In summary therefore if you follow the “rules” your toddler will be more than safe and at worst may suffer a few bruises but no more than if they fell on to any other hard piece of furniture.

If you have a glass coffee table already then check to see if its toughened or robust enough (minimum 12mm thick dependent upon size) to withstand an impact. If it isn’t we strongly suggest you lock it away until your children are aware enough to appreciate the danger.