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Why choose glass for your shelving solutions?

Why choose glass for your shelving solutions?

We all have shelves! Some are to display the odd ornament or curiosity, whereas others have a more specific use for must have or regularly used appliances around the home. Whatever they are for, shelves are a commonplace part of any home or office space. Shelves help us to organise our belongings by providing spaces for functional or decorative use and they prevent work surfaces from becoming cluttered with everyday stuff.

Shelves are mostly made of wood, but there is a really good reason to think about installing glass shelves in your home or office.

So why should I fit glass shelves?

If glass shelves had to be summed up with one word, it would be stylish! Glass shelves offer a really stylish alternative to wood or any other shelving material and they really do make for a very classy interior.

To achieve that stylish and classy look, consider using smooth and shiny finishes for your home or work space. Glass shelves are the perfect way of achieving just that type of look and feel.

More and more architects and interior designers are starting to employ aminimalist feel to their designs and over the past few years, this approach has become more and more sought after. You can use glass to make any space feel larger, brighter, and much more open, it really does promote an open and airy feel. The bathroom particularly benefits from more glass, as they allow natural light to come in to create a relaxing atmosphere as well as being much easier to clean and you will not have issues with rot in a potentially damp or wet environment with glass.

Installing glass shelves offers a pleasing, robust and very convenient alternative to wood. Although wood is strong, it can warp, rot and will not promote such a light or airy environment like glass can. But if you really seek a thoroughly modern look, glass is by far the best choice of shelving material.

We should stress that we are not against wood per se, we acknowledge that wood can and does look and feel wonderful in many settings, but from a practical point of view, the longevity of toughened glass is unsurpassed. The addition of glass shelving can also look amazing when combined with quality wood fixtures or even various types and styles of metal.

We should also stress that much like wood, glass can be cut or shaped to fit in any corner or alcove. The main difference is that glass just seems to look more modern, elegant and clean.

The way glass shelves lift your home is amazing.

Glass shelving really does brighten your home or office, particularly any corner areas. Corners are notorious for being dark or dimly lit areas and by allowing light to pass through, glass shelving can brighten up these otherwise dark spaces. Glass can also be a good divider in those smaller spaces, as glass gives a nice clean look with its clarity, it will not be distracting.

Glass shelves can be used to hold every day items that you use, or items that are merely for show. Books or collections of nic nacs will look equally impressive.

Glass shelving units can also be used out of sight too, such as inside cupboards. You can have the glass shelves custom made to fit according to the cupboards dimensions. They can be used to store kitchen appliances, utensils or even dry food goods and in the wardrobe they can be used to store your collection of shoes. Best of all, as the glass is clear, the shelves will be much easier to clean than wood and there is no chance of it warping or rotting either.

Glass shelves really do promote the minimalist look. To complement the shelves, either wooden or metal fixings will look amazing and hanging a mirror nearby will also tend to maximise the flow of natural or artificial light.

Modern floating glass shelves will look superb as part of your home office too. They can hold all manner of business materials and office supplies, in fact whatever takes your fancy.

Glass shelving really does come into its own in the bathroom setting! Bathrooms can be damp areas and wood or coated chipboard can swell, warp or even rot in such conditions. The gleaming glass shelves are the perfect place to display all your toiletries and little bathroom ornaments for a pleasant bathing experience.

Many of our customers like to have a glass shower shelf installed instead of using those horrid plastic corner shelves that always seem to droop after a while. As long as they are given a quick wipe over regularly, even water marks will not be a problem.

Glass shelving is very durable and lasts for many years.

Glass is formed from sand and experiences temperatures thousands of degrees of heat and eventually harden. Sand actually melts at over 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit, so the resulting glass when toughened, is very tough

Owing to the durability of glass shelves, they are hard enough to carry many kinds of objects, even stone fossils that would easily scratch wooden shelves. Better still, for ornamental displays, you can even view the artefacts from below on a glass shelf.

All our glass at Splashbacks of Distinction is tempered. This makes it a very durable material and very safe. Comparing tempered glass to regular glasse, tempered glasse pass through a much slower cooling process. Newly formed glass goes through furnaces that have transition temperatures of around 1,148 degrees Fahrenheit. This is much higher than the normal transition temperature for cooling down newly formed glasse. Tempered glass is also safer because should it be broken, it breaks into small cubes instead of sharp and dangerous shards. This is why tempered glass is used by car manufacturers to reduce injuries in the event of an accident.

Glass is readily available because sand is the raw material and there is no shortage of that around our coastline.

Some good reasons to have glass shelving

As a recap, below are just some of the reasons to choose glass for your shelving requirements.

Open plan glass shelving is very a functional option for storage or display. Open glass shelving has the clear purpose of providing space for storage. Whether you want your glass shelves as an alternative to wall cupboards, or built into a kitchen island, it gives you the ability to store items in a visible manner, and can often allow additional storage within a kitchen.

Glass shelving can make any room look much bigger and brighter. Open glass shelving works in rooms of all sizes but is particularly effective within small rooms as it can make the physical size of a smaller space appear larger. Because our glass shelves do not have the solid presence of cupboards which can make your room feel rather enclosed, you can either do away with, or reduce the number of cupboards, to give a less cluttered appearance. Glass shelving will further enhance this effect as glass surfaces reflect light and allow light to pass through them, creating a genuine perception of added depth.

Glass shelving is very versatile as a building material. Choosing glass shelving for your home is a great idea as it can be used for creating a range of very different looks. You are not restricted to clear glass as our glass shelving is available in a range of colours and finishes, and when paired with certain lighting options it looks even more fabulous. Glass shelves work equally well for both traditional rooms and contemporary room styles.

Apart from being very practical, glass shelving enables you to really put your own personality into your property, making it feel more like home. Decorative wall art behind open shelving look amazing, displayed cookbooks look great and family photographs will look lovely if on display on a glass shelf.

Glass shelving can be less expensive than you think too. Glass shelves are usually less costly than cupboards, simply because there is less material in them and very little hardware like handles. You may want to choose glass shelving in place of cupboards, or mix and match the two, either way, doing this is usually a much less costly option.

So if you are looking for that unique quality glass look and feel to your property interior, please get in touch with us at Splashbacks of Distinction.


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Toughened glass for every room in the home and beyond

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Toughened glass will transform your home or office

People have always had an intense interest in glass. Glass for the table, glass for the windows and even glass for some ornaments, but glass for a wider range of uses around the home or office, surely not!

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We all want our homes to have a unique appearance, because nobody wants their living space to be exactly the same as their friends and neighbours. Sadly this is easier said than done! Think about it, the majority of your friends and neighbours will buy their furniture from the local furniture store and the wallpaper, lamps and flooring are likely to be sourced from the same local DIY shop that you use. This is not to say they will choose exactly the same decor as you, but the chances of it happening are pretty good. So if you want something really different, think glass!

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How toughened glass is made for our kitchen and bathroom splashbacks

Toughened glass, as its name would suggest, is glass material that has been made much tougher than ordinary glass. Toughened glass are much stronger varieties and are used in various constructions, these can be residential or commercial constructions. The actual strength of toughened glass is up to five times more than that of annealed glass, (see below for an explanation of the annealing process). Toughened glass is not only used for kitchen and bathroom splashbacks, it is also used to manufacture lots of glassware and these products are comparatively safer and offer far more durability.

Some people mistakenly believe that toughened glass is unbreakable, it may be very tough, but it can still be broken. Remember though, if products made of toughened glass are handled in the correct way, there is no reason why they shouldn't last for a lifetime.

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Beat the bacteria with a glass kitchen or bathroom splashback

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Style

Why is glass so popular today more than ever?

Not all that long ago, people seemed to be going out of their way to get away from wood in and around their home, but instead of going the whole hog, they seemed to opt for wood effect materials, from worktops to flooring. Even shelves and furniture was either veneered or printed to make it look like wood.

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Modernise with glass splashbacks and balustrades

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Having a high resolution image incorporated into your glass kitchen, bathroom or lifestyle splashback

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A modern living space with Splashbacks of Distinction

We generally take glass for granted. We look out through it every day and unless there is a greasy fingerprint that sticks out like a sore thumb, we don't even seem to notice it. Glass is transparent and can be rather boring when it comes to your run of the mill windows.

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The RAL colour system

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Further Information

If you would like to know more or are interested in a quote we would be happy to help. Phone us on 01920 830 084, email us at enquiries@splashbacksofdistinction.co.uk or fill in our enquiry form and we will be in touch as soon as possible.

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