Internal Glass Balustrade Regulations Explained

Internal glass balustrades have dual purposes. Their sleek lines and innate elegance ensure they’re the perfect complement to modern homes/offices and period properties alike. For an added wow factor, colour or etched designs can be applied to the glass surface. However, as well as looking incredible, they also play an important safety role, protecting people from falling from internal balconies, landings and staircases. In order to do so however, they must meet certain internal glass balustrade regulations.

Internal Glass Balustrades Regulations Explained

Which situations require an internal glass balustrade?

Whilst internal glass balustrades can certainly be designed and installed for purely aesthetic reasons, there are some situations in which a form of balustrade will be required. These include the following:

  • If it is a domestic property and there is a drop in the floor level of more than 600mm
  • Any sort of property where there is a change in floor level that exceeds 380mm
  • If there is a set of stairs which have more than two risers. The last two risers on any staircase are not required to have an accompanying balustrade.

What is the minimum height for internal glass balustrades?

The minimum height for internal glass balustrades in the UK is currently 0.9m. This is measured from the point at which the balustrade is fixed to a surface, whether that be the floor, edge of a staircase or balcony. This is slightly lower than the regulations for external balustrades where the distance from the fixed point to the top of handrail must be a minimum of 1.1m.

What load weights must an internal glass balustrade be able to withstand?

When it comes to withstanding heavy loads, glass is the perfect panel material. Tempered or laminated glass are both regularly used in the creation of internal glass balustrades because their unique characteristics make them incredibly safe, secure and strong. UK regulation does not favour either tempered or laminated glass over the other.

For the handrail and other fixtures and fittings, we would recommend using stainless steel. In addition to its strength it has the advantages of being easy to clean and maintain.

When testing the ability of an internal glass balustrade system to withstand certain loads, we focus on three key areas:

  • A load applied to the glass infill panels
  • A vertical load on the handrail
  • A horizontal load on the handrail

When a load is applied to an internal glass balustrade, some leeway is allowed. The component is able to move up to 25mm but no more.

UK internal glass balustrade regulations are outlined using kiloNewtons, expressed as kN. The requirements vary depending on whether the balustrade is being installed in a domestic or commercial setting. In domestic situations, internally the balustrade needs to achieve 0.36kn/m, externally the balustrade must withstand 0.74kN/m for every metre section. More public and situations require an internal glass balustrade that can withstand a 1.5kN load per metre section. High density and high traffic areas or where areas are susceptible to overcrowding must go one step further and tolerate a load of 3.0kN per metre.

Now that the UK internal glass balustrade regulations have been explained, why not get in touch with Glass & Stainless to discuss your own requirements?

 

6 Reasons To Install A Glass Canopy

  1. Protect visitors from adverse weather
  2. Protect yourself from harsh sunlight
  3. Material doesn’t obscure architectural details
  4. Maintains the natural light by the entrance
  5. Compliments other glass architectural features
  6. Ability to add additional decorative details

Glass canopies are an attractive yet highly practical architectural feature which is typically located over a building’s entrance. Made from toughened glass, these are incredibly durable structures that are more than capable of withstanding heavy rain and a build-up of snow. Glass canopies are built to withstand such impact. But what are the other reasons to install a glass canopy?

6 Reasons To Install A Glass Canopy

 

  • Protect visitors from adverse weather

 

If you’ve invited somebody to visit your home or office and it’s pouring down with rain or hail, you don’t want them to get soaked while they wait for you to answer the door. It doesn’t make the best first impression. A glass canopy is a quick way of solving that issue. Your visitors will remain nice and dry, whatever the weather.

 

  • Protect yourself from harsh sunlight

 

On the other end of the weather spectrum, you might be living in a hotter climate that experiences a great deal of sunlight. If you’re keen to make the most of that sun but are concerned about sunburn, a glass canopy could be the answer. Whilst it won’t prevent all UV light from reaching your skin, it can offer a degree of protection. Should you choose to add an additional UV coating to the glass, similar to that used in sunglasses and car windscreens, your safety will increase further. Install a glass canopy over your patio and you can truly make the most of your time outdoors, without compromising on light.  

 

  • Material doesn’t obscure architectural details

 

If the external architecture of your building is particularly attractive or boasts stunning historical details, you don’t want to compromise the view with an enormous, solid and totally opaque canopy made from metal or wood. The transparent nature of toughened glass means that this isn’t a concern.

 

  • Maintains the natural light by the entrance

 

For security purposes, you want the best view possible of whoever is waiting outside your front door. Canopies made completely out of metal or wood block out much of the natural light, darkening the entrance way. At dawn and dusk this can have a noticeable impact, reducing what you can see. From a more aesthetic perspective, an excellent reason to install a glass canopy is the view it gives you the sky. Rather than feeling hemmed in by a large structure, the transparent nature of toughened glass with a lightweight steel frame ensures that your property entrance feels open and airy.

 

  • Compliments other glass architectural features

 

If your property already makes use of architectural glazing, a glass canopy could be the perfect complement. For example, you might make use of floor to ceiling windows, skylights or glass flooring.

 

  • Ability to add additional decorative details

 

Glass is an incredibly versatile material. As well as being highly durable and weather resistant, it can also look incredibly beautiful. If you want to make a bold and bright statement with your glass canopy, why not add a colour tint? Or if you’re looking for something more subtle, why not have your company name or logo carefully etched into the glass?

 

At Glass & Stainless, we have years of experience in designing, building and installing glass canopies. If our reasons to install a glass canopy have you convinced, get in touch today.

How To Install A Stainless Steel Wire Balustrade

Stainless steel wire balustrades are an incredibly elegant yet simple alternative to a traditional panel balustrade. Like glass, it offers you brilliant unobstructed views of the world beyond your balcony or decking, whilst still performing a vital safety function. Available in both horizontal and vertical formats, a stainless steel wire balustrade can suit a wide variety of architectural styles. If you’re wondering how to install a stainless steel wire balustrade, look no further. Outlined below are our top tips for an easy installation.

Why choose a stainless steel wire balustrade system?

A handful of stainless steel wires weigh significantly less than a solid panel of glass, acrylic, metal etc. The reduced weight means that the supporting posts and handrails can be further slimmed down, opening up your view and creating a more minimalist effect.

For the balustrade posts themselves, wood, metal and brick are commonly used. Wood is a common choice for balustrades protecting decking as it is generally quite easy to get a match, creating a more seamless transition between balustrade and deck. It is also a particularly easy material to drill.

Metal, meanwhile, can provide a delightful contrast and lend the area a more industrial edge. We would recommend using stainless steel. It is a hardy and long-lasting material that can withstand awful weather and difficult environments, e.g. inner-city pollution. It simply requires an occasional wipe down with soapy water.

When considering installing a stainless steel wire balustrade it is important that you think about safety. This is particularly important if the decking is significantly raised and presents a fall hazard, or if the balustrade is being installed on a balcony. In the latter instance, we would also recommend that you choose to use vertical wires instead of the more common horizontal. This is because horizontal wires can be easily used as a ladder by vulnerable children.

Furthermore, you should double check whether local building regulations state a maximum distance between each wire. At Glass and Stainless, we are more than willing to advise you on this.

How to install a stainless steel wire balustrade

The first stage in installing a stainless steel wire balustrade is to assemble the frame, including both the end and intermediary posts. Follow the supplier’s instructions on how to go about this.

With the frame in place, you can move onto the wires. Before you begin, double check that you have the right tools and all the necessary materials and fittings. There’s nothing worse than getting halfway through a DIY and having to stop and order some crucial missing part.

As part of a stainless steel wire balustrade system, the wires are inserted into sockets which are in turn affixed to the end posts. These sockets need to be screwed into the posts at an even height to ensure that the wire remains level. To help with this, we would suggest that you take a thin plank of wood and draw the correctly spaced drill guide points onto it. Set it flush against the post and then drill through the wood and into the post. You can then reuse that plank on all the other posts to get identically placed holes.

Once the sockets are in place, insert one end of the wire into a socket. Don’t fully tighten it as you may still need to tighten the wire. Taking the other end of the wire, thread it through all the holes in the intermediary posts and then insert it into the socket on the opposite  end post. You may need to use wire cutters to cut it down to the correct size. When you’re tightening the wire to finish it off, make sure you do it incrementally.

If you are still unsure about how to install a stainless steel wire balustrade, feel free to get in touch and discuss your concerns with us. There are also some great videos on YouTube that might help you!

Glass and Stainless can design, create and install your stainless steel wire balustrade system. Contact us today to discuss your requirements.

How To Fit Glass Clamps

Glass balustrade systems are incredibly popular right now. More and more people want to take advantage of the excellent views they provide, both internally and externally. For traditionally dark and quite enclosed spaces like staircases, a glass balustrade can truly help open up the space and allow in an abundance of light. Glass balustrades are made from toughened glass which is incredibly strong and perfectly safe for use in the home. If you’re keen to install your own glass balustrade, here are our tips on how to fit glass clamps.

Choosing How To Secure Your Glass Panels

When it comes to installing glass balustrades, you’ll need to make a decision on how to affix your glass panels to the support. You have two main options- a channel or posts. For a frameless glass balustrade effect, the glass panels can be held in place by a metal channel inlaid in your floor. This option can take a little more time and skill as you’ll need to cut into your current flooring. On the upside however, you are rewarded with an uninterrupted expanse of glass through which you can admire the view.

Alternatively, the glass panels can be supported in place by glass clamps attached to balustrade posts. The posts themselves needn’t be bulky or unattractive. You could choose a slim and unobtrusive design made from stainless steel, timber, marble or stone. All of these materials sit well with stainless steel glass clamps. Timber balustrade posts are slightly unusual in that they are soft enough for the glass clamps to be screwed straight into. For metal and stone balustrade posts you will need to break out the drill.

How To Fit Glass Clamps

The key thing to remember when attaching clamps to glass panels is weight distribution. You need to ensure that the weight of the glass is evenly distributed along the length of the post, rather than being top or bottom heavy. We would recommend that you use 4 clamps per square metre of glass to be confident in the support. Typically, people will attach the clamps towards the top and bottom of the post. Just make sure that they’re in the exact same place on each.

If you attach the clamps correctly, there is no need to drill into the glass. Don’t try and do so because toughened glass should only be drilled in the early stages of production.

When you are buying your clamps double check that you have the right size for your thickness of glass. Fail to do so and the glass will be too loose within the fixing and won’t be secured in place. Too tight and the glass simply won’t fit. Most clamps have adjustable screws so you can tighten the the clamp into place around the glass panel. They also typically have a rubber gasket which can stretch around the glass as you fit it and then spring back into position.

We recommend that you gradually tighten the glass clamps on one piece of glass at the same time. If you tighten just one all the way, the glass could begin to bend and even crack. By doing it a bit at a time all the way round the panel, the pressure is evenly distributed.

Glass and Stainless can install your glass balustrade system to show you how to fit glass clamps. Contact us today to discuss your requirements.

What Is Intelligent Glass Used For?

Intelligent or smart glass, has the unique ability to change its opacity at the flick of a switch. When an electric current is applied to the glass, the molecules within the liquid crystal film align with each other and the glass is transparent. Turn off the electrical current, however, and the molecules become disorganised, preventing some of the light from passing through and giving an opaque finish. This specialist form of laminated glass offers the perfect balance between allowing light into a room and retaining privacy. But what is intelligent glass used for?

Intelligent glass is primarily used in situations where privacy or the element of surprise are required. However, it does provide additional benefits. If a room becomes noticeably hot in direct sunlight, intelligent glass can be used in place of blinds to help reduce and regulate the temperature. Sensors can detect when light levels have reached a specified point and automatically alter the glass opacity.

What is intelligent glass used for in the home or office?

At home or in hotel rooms, intelligent glass is primarily used for providing privacy. It can be used to separate a bathroom from the rest of a bedroom or living space, a major trend in hotel interior design at the moment. Intelligent glass can give you the choice of lounging in the bath looking out at beautiful view, or sealing yourself away to reflect and relax. Even within the bathroom itself you can add an additional layer of privacy with intelligent glass shower screens.

Elsewhere in the home or an office, pitched rooflights can be constructed from intelligent glass to prevent overlooking neighbours from seeing into your home.

One of the more creative uses of intelligent glass is as a projector screen. Our homes and offices often feature large glass panels which can be put to good use as a blank canvas. The even opaqueness of an intelligent glass wall is perfect for projecting a film, presentation or other media onto. Why not use intelligent glass in your living room and transform it into a home cinema? Or wow clients by surrounding and immersing them in your presentation, thanks to an intelligent glass meeting room?

Within an office, intelligent glass wall partitions can be used to divide a large space into smaller units without compromising on light levels. The glass can be set to opaque whenever you require privacy or want to get your head down and concentrate without distraction. As an added bonus, the opaque glass can help reduce unwanted glare on a computer screen.

What is intelligent glass used for in hospitals?

Modern hospitals are making excellent use of intelligent glass in their doors and moveable partitions. Patient privacy is of the utmost importance but traditional blinds are difficult to keep clean and can harbour dirt and dust, a significant risk to some patients. Intelligent glass is easier to maintain on a daily basis and can be turned off if a patient is feeling isolated.

What is intelligent glass used for in entertainment?

The flexible nature of intelligent glass makes it ideal for use in entertainment spaces such as bars. It can be used to sub-divided the room and give a sense of exclusivity to certain areas. Intelligent glass is frequently used for promotional or advertising purposes as a means of keeping something under-wraps before the big reveal. By using multiple individual panels and a bit of creative flair, you can create quite the display, especially if choose to add a colour tint to the glass.

Glass and Stainless can design and produce bespoke intelligent glass panels, whatever the application. Contact us today to discuss your specification.

Can you have glass rooflights for flat roofs?

Yes! Glass rooflights for flat roofs are just as effective as the pitched versions. They’re a brilliant means of improving the levels of natural daylight within your home or office. In addition, they can provide much needed ventilation in stuffy, possibly windowless rooms. Increasingly common on flat roof extensions, such as a single storey kitchen extension, they can completely transform the feel of a room.

Advantages Of Using Glass Rooflights For Flat Roofs

Rooflights are also referred to as skylights, thanks to the beautiful uninterrupted view they provide of the sky. At night you can even do a spot of stargazing! Furthermore, you can enjoy this view in the complete privacy that a flat rooflight provides. The lack of angle means that you can enjoy maximum sunlight without anyone being able to look in.

As well as boosting the amount of natural daylight, glass rooflights for flat roofs can also assist in ventilation. It is a well-known fact that hot air rises, so on a hot summer’s day the quickest way to cool a room down can be opening up the rooflight. Many rooflights are now fitted with electric opening systems powered by the mains electricity or solar cells. The more advanced of these use sensors to detect rainfall and close automatically.

If you’d rather try and keep as much heat in as possible, we’d recommend choosing triple glazing. In addition to providing excellent heat insulation, triple glazing can also help to deaden sound. That’s a significant plus during heavy rainfall!

The Technicalities of Glass Rooflights for Flat Roofs

When we speak to people about the possibilities of glass rooflights for flat roofs, their major concern tends to be water pooling and accumulating debris. That is why we would always recommend using a very slight, barely noticeable pitch to assist in rainwater run-off. This pitch can be created through use of a protruding upstand, a raised edging that separates the rooflight from the flat roof. In the UK, an upstand tends to be a minimum of 150mm tall.

To solve the issue of dirt build-up we would recommend choosing a self-cleaning glass. This specialist glass reacts with sunlight to begin to breakdown any dirt, which can then be more easily washed away during the next rainfall.

Another concern we often hear regards the water-resistant capabilities of glass rooflights for flat roofs. In addition to the subtle pitch of our rooflights we would also suggest that you use waterproof flashings.

In order to comply with UK building regulations, your rooflight should be made from a toughened glass. Not only is it far stronger than standard glass, it also shatters into less jagged smaller pieces which are less likely to injure any unfortunate person stood below.

If you live in either a listed building or a conservation area you will almost certainly require planning permission from your local authority before installing a rooflight.

Selecting You Style

Glass rooflights for flat roofs are available in a wide range of sizes and styles, each suitable for different environments and uses. For example, a lantern rooflight is raised high than other rooflights. Comprised of multiple glass panels that are pitched to meet in the centre and held in place by slim supports, it can provide a 360 degree view.

A popular trend in urban areas is to install an access rooflight. Essentially a lantern rooflight that contains stairs and an opening, it allows you to transform your roof into a gorgeous terrace. Rural homes could also introduce the same idea, creating the perfect elevated area from which to view the countryside or coast.

When considering the framework of a rooflight you have three main options: metal, PVCu or timber. Timber has been traditionally used for this job but it requires the greatest amount of maintenance to ensure water tightness. PVCu is a low maintenance alternative but can look a bit bulky. Our top recommendation would be a metal framework, either steel or aluminium. Both are a slimmer alternative to PVCu, require less maintenance and have longer estimated service lives. Local authorities will generally insist on a metal framework in listed buildings.

Glass and Stainless can design and create bespoke glass rooflights for flat roofs. Contact us today to discuss your specification.

Why Choose A Tempered Glass Tabletop?

Glass is the perfect material for anyone looking to create a striking, modern atmosphere with clean edges. However, many people are reluctant to use glass in their homes and offices due to safety concerns. Thankfully, a tempered glass tabletop can help alleviate these worries.

What is tempered glass?

Tempered glass is a common form of safety glass, renowned for its impressive physical and chemical strength. Also known as toughened glass, it is approximately four times stronger than normal annealed glass. This strength is achieved through either a thermal or chemical treatment.

In the thermal method, the glass is heated to over 600OC before being ‘quenched’. This simply means that the glass is quickly cooled in a high-pressure environment. With air being blasted uniformly onto the outer surface of the glass, it cools noticeably quicker than the interior. As the two areas cool at differing rates, they try and pull away from each other and stress develops within the layers of glass.

Alternatively, the chemical method, ion exchange, can be used. A more expensive option, this process involves submerging the glass in a chemical bath. Smaller ions on the outer surface of the glass are exchanged with larger ones, which must squeeze to fit into the same space. This creates compression with the uppermost layer, resulting in the desired internal stresses. The chemical method can be applied to much thinner panes of glass than the thermal method.

Arguably, the greatest benefit of tempered glass is its behaviour once broken. Rather than shatter into several large jagged pieces, the unique structure and stresses within tempered glass ensure that it breaks into smaller, rounder pieces. These are pretty harmless and far less likely to injure anyone. For this reason, it is regularly used in car windows, shower doors, wall partitions. Mobile phone screens, shopfronts, furniture and many more.

Why choose a tempered glass tabletop?

Whether in the office or at home, glass tables can come under a lot of stress. People put their feet on them, slam down coffee cups, pile them high with heavy books and a multitude of other activities. If you’re looking for a piece of furniture that can definitely handle the strain, look no further than a tempered glass tabletop.

The innate safety features of a tempered glass tabletop make it perfect for regular use. Should an accident occur and the table smash, no one should be seriously injured. This type of glass is so sturdy that it is suitable for outdoor use.

At Glass and Stainless, we can create a made to measure glass tabletop that perfectly fits your space. No matter how awkward the shape, we can cut perfectly to your design, including cut out areas. We can also add additional etched detailing should you require it.

If you want to turn your tempered glass tabletop into a central design feature, you could choose a tinted option. The intensity of the colour varies in accordance with the thickness of the glass. The thicker the glass, the denser the colour pigments and so the more intense the effect. Popular colours include blue, green and grey.

All of our bespoke glass work meets UK safety regulations and can be installed on your behalf.

Glass and Stainless have the creativity, technical knowledge and experience to craft you the perfect tempered glass tabletop. Contact us today to discuss your specification.

Made To Measure Glass Stair Panels For Hallways

Made to measure glass stair panels are a brilliant modern alternative to traditional spindles or other styles of railing. A glass panel of any shape or size is fitted to completely fill the space between the handrail and base of a balustrade. Stair panels can be made from a wide variety of materials but, unsurprisingly, we believe glass to be the superior option. Whereas wood and other opaque materials can give a feeling of being boxed-I, glass still allows light to pass through. Hallways are often quite dark spaces so anything you can do to help circulate light is going to be a bonus.

How Safe Are Made To Measure Glass Stair Panels?

At Glass & Stainless, all our made to measure glass stair panels are made from toughened glass. Incredibly robust, this form of safety glass is up to 5 times stronger than standard glass, giving you vital reassurance about using glass as a safety feature within your home. This strength is the result of a process in which the glass is heated to a remarkable 650°C before being quickly cooled. Should toughened glass ever break, the resulting fragments are quite small, rounded and relatively harmless rather than large, sharp and jagged. All our glass meets international safety standards so you can be confident in the security of our product.

As well as guaranteeing you a perfect fit, bespoke materials can be designed in line with your needs and preferences. Here’s a few ideas to get you thinking.   

Frosted Glass

The perfect compromise between light and privacy, frosted glass stair panels work well with both metal and wooden balustrades. Frosted glass is a common choice for contemporary front doors so why not ensure coherence across your interior design? As well as looking highly sophisticated, these stair panels are also eminently practical. Without total transparency, all those items that mysteriously seem to find their way to the bottom of the stairs remain hidden. 

Coloured Glass

Most people’s first thought when it comes to brightening a hallway is to simply repaint the wall. We believe coloured glass to be a more exciting and unique alternative. For a subtler effect, a light blue or green tint is probably the best option, rather than full colour. A totally coloured panel will be opaque rather than transparent, so think about the light in your hallway.

Etched Glass

When it comes to designs for an etched glass stair panel, the possibilities are endless. From delicate floral designs to bold geometric patterns, the sky truly is the limit. At Glass & Stainless we are more than happy to replicate an etched design. For example, you may want to copy a design from your front door or hallway mirror. 

Glass and Stainless are experts in designing, cutting and fitting made to measure glass stair panels. Contact us today to see how we can revitalise your hallway.

 

 

Do Juliet Balconies Require Planning Permission?

Named for Shakespeare’s most famous leading lady, Juliet balconies are incredibly stylish and elegant features. Suitable for a variety of homes, a Juliet balcony is essentially a balustrade fitted to the exterior of a large window or French doors. They are available in a wide array of styles and aesthetics, ranging from highly decorative Victorian metal to frameless glass. Traditionally found in Mediterranean countries, Juliet balconies can increasingly be found on UK homes. This rise is in large part due to their easy installation, relatively low cost and modest impact on the building’s appearance.

Do Juliet balconies require planning permission?

Typically, the answer is no and they can be installed under permitted development rights. However, there are always exceptions.

The main difference between Juliet balconies and other designs is the lack of extending platform for anyone to stand on or place items on. Some models are marketed as being Juliet balconies but do have a very narrow floor space. As this can legally be considered a raised platform, you are more likely to require planning permission.

You are also likely to require planning permission if the property is listed, located in a conservation area or part of a block of flats. In addition, if you are only a leaseholder of the property, you will need to secure the consent of the owner. It’s always worth double checking whether there is anything within the property deeds that prevents any type of alteration being made to the exterior.

In conjunction with installing their Juliet balcony, a lot of people will also plumb for a window replacement or inward-opening French doors. Whilst these changes don’t give you any additional floor space, they do allow for a greater amount of light and fresh air to flood into the room. As part of that work, the window area may need enlarging, which can sometimes require planning permission.

To mitigate against any potential objections, we would recommend that you position the balcony to the rear of the property where it can be seen by fewer people. Remember that you may be required to make such modifications as part of the planning permission process.

Even if your Juliet balcony can be installed under permitted development rights, it is still worthwhile notifying any close neighbours of the work. This will help mitigate against any negative feedback and gives you the opportunity to assuage their worries, particularly any privacy.

If you’re at all unsure as to whether your Juliet balcony plan is covered by permitted development rights, we recommend that you seek advice from your local planning authority.

Juliet balcony regulations

Unsurprisingly given their purpose and location, balconies are a keenly regulated architectural feature. All Glass and Stainless Juliet balconies comply with current UK building regulations but we would always encourage you to double check, whoever you’re buying from. The main regulation to be aware of concerns the required railing height. It must be at least 1100mm high from standing floor level with no gaps wider than 100mm (Part K of the Building Regulations Act 2000).

At Glass and Stainless, we offer easy to install, no maintenance Juliet balconies that can be made bespoke to your needs or bought ‘off-the-shelf’. Get in touch today to discuss your requirements and style options.

Choosing Glass Door Designs For Wardrobes

If your wardrobe is looking a bit old, tired and dated, you may want to consider fitting sparkling new glass doors. They’re perfect for adding a touch of elegance, class and splendour to your bedroom. With bespoke glass, you can choose from a wide range of styles and finishes, all of which can be precisely cut to size.

Your first decision will focus on the doors’ opening mechanism. Essentially, your options are sliding or outward opening. The former is a brilliant space-saver and works particularly well for larger fitted units. Alternatively, outward opening doors work well on traditional free-standing wardrobes.

A Practical Mirrored Glass

A mirrored glass door design for wardrobes has one quite obvious practical advantage — the wardrobe can double as a mirror. This means you don’t necessarily need one anywhere else in the room, saving you previous wall and surface space. Handily, a wardrobe fronted mirror is highly likely to be full length, always the best option when it comes to mirrors. No more squatting and jumping to assess your full outfit!

A less obvious advantage of using a mirrored glass door design for wardrobes is its innate reflective qualities. Large mirrors are brilliant for making smaller spaces appear larger than they are. With a bit of clever and well-thought out positioning, this effect can be further enhanced by maximising the amount of light that hits the glass during the day. This light is then reflected around the room, making it appear brighter and more welcoming.

Taking A Risk With Clear Glass

A rarer and more unusual glass door design for wardrobes involves clear glass. Completely translucent, this type of glass door is probably not suitable for the messy and disorganised. All your clothes will be on display for anyone to see and subsequently judge your organisation skills. If you do like to keep everything neat and tidy however, these could be the doors for you. The impact of seeing perfectly laid out and organised clothing through clear glass doors can be quite striking, especially paired with a solid black frame.

Adding That Finishing Touch

Plain glass can make a strong enough statement on its own, but there is nothing stopping you from adding an extra touch of pizzazz. Glass etching can look achingly beautiful in its delicacy. If you wish to maintain the practical advantages of having a mirrored wardrobe, why not choose a gorgeously intricate border design?

Wherever you place it, we can provide you with a completely bespoke design. Traditional, minimalistic, art deco, we can do it all. To create a truly cohesive look, we suggest that you find other decorative elements within your current décor which can then be complemented in the etching.

Glass and Stainless can create your perfect glass door design for wardrobes, whatever your stylistic preferences. Contact us today to learn more about how they could be utilised in your home.