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What's cheaper, for a shelf, tempered glass or thick enough clear perspex/plastic?

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Erebus Tue 09-Dec-14 11:26:15

We are going to add a shelf under a coffee table that must be able to hold the weight of 2 x Skyboxes. Not sure how thick the glass or perspex would need to be, but which would cost less do you think, ready cut?


PigletJohn Tue 09-Dec-14 11:53:25

glass would be preferable, but you would need to find the size you need. Perspex will scratch easily, and quickly goes dull even if rubbed with a dry duster or a damp sponge.

You can't cut ordinary safety glass, it has to be made and treated in the factory. However you can cut laminated glass. You will need to find a local merchant to do it, and specify that the edges must be polished (otherwise they will cut you) unless you are going to put it in a frame where all edges will be enclosed. Not all glass merchants offer that. I don't know what it would cost. You could also enquire about having tempered glass made in your size.

Erebus Tue 09-Dec-14 12:05:25

Ah, okay, so it's tempered or laminated glass that I need? I was beginning to think I should use glass not perspex, particularly as all glass shelves on say TV stands tend to be glass.

Thanks for your help!

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