Repairing a Coffee Table With Missing Glass

A glass topped coffee table without the glass isn't much of a table. You could get a replacement piece of glass or you might consider some more creative ways of redoing the top. This is a guide about repairing a coffee table with missing glass.

August 8, 2012 Flag
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I was given a solid wood coffee table, on Freecycle, today! Problem is, it is missing its center piece of glass; therefore, there's little "table" in the table. There's a frame and legs, though no innards. Would you brainstorm some creative ways to replace the missing glass? I'll call a glass shop, of course, though, what else might I use that is thrifty-fun, too? This missing piece is about 18 x 42 inches, and there's no center support, so it has to be something very sturdy.


By Vicki B.

August 9, 20120 found this helpful
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Some boards glued together, like barn siding would give texture; a piece of plywood painted and decorated with pictures of friends and family; plywood covered in a mosaic; plywood covered with fabric; plywood covered in sheetmetal; a cut piece of marble, granite, corian, slate, or some leftover piece a shop would sell cheap; butcher block made from scraps of wood; make a top of cast concrete; a piece of beadboard.

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August 9, 20120 found this helpful

I would be tempted to find or buy used a picture or poster. Glue to plywood or fibreboad then seal with Podge or acrylic clear coat. Make the backing thick enough and snug enough that u can use picture framing staples to insert it.

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August 9, 20120 found this helpful

You can ask for items on freecycle. Ask for a piece of tempered glass. I actually gave away 2 pieces a couple of weeks ago as my coffee table leg broke off and the glass was fine!

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August 10, 20120 found this helpful

I would cut a piece of plywood to fit, and finish it with a faux-marble paint job or something else creative or even paint it a solid color to harmonize with your other furniture.

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October 4, 2004 Flag
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So you were just at the local thrift store and you saw this beautiful table but the glass was missing. You passed it up because we all know to replace the glass is very expensive and would cost you more than what you would pay for the table. Well, go back right away because here are some ideas you can use to make that beautiful table useful again.

If this is a coffee table with no glass why not turn it into a bench for the end of your bed or for in the guest room, foray, or bath. Cut a piece of plywood a little bit bigger than the base then cut a piece of foam the same size as the plywood. Attach the foam to the plywood with spray glue. Cover the whole thing with Fabric of your choice and staple to the back of the plywood. Depending on the weight you can either leave it in two separate pieces or you can attach a two by two to form braces on the table and screw the top down.

Another idea for a taller table is to cut a top for it and either mosaic it with broken pieces of plates or tile the top. If it is a coffee table and it is too short, try adding new legs and making it a sofa table. Legs can be found on other furniture or can be bought at Home Depot or Lowes.

By Debra in Colorado

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October 4, 20040 found this helpful

Another thing you can do also, is that if you happen to have a plastics or glass for that matter company nearby you can measure the piece that needs to be replaced and have them make it out of plexiglass or plastic.

We did this and we got the plexiglass for a song compared to the price of having glass.

A lot safer too if you have little ones or young visitors.


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June 14, 20060 found this helpful

i want to combine broken blown glass and resin to make suncatchers or a coffee table topper. Where do i start

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