How to Build a Glass Work Table

What You'll Need
Wooden or metal poles to make frame
Glass top

Making a glass work table could be done from a kit or you could design and decide the dimensions yourself. Always work from a plan and measure the area where you want to place the work table as it will not be useful if it is too big for the space. Take into account the dimensions of the room, the placement and use of the table, the color scheme and the items that need to fit onto the table before deciding the aesthetics of the work table.

Step 1: Measure the Size of the Glass

Measure the frame with an extra inch or two to fit around the glass, assuming that the work table will be square or rectangular. If this work table is to be used as an office desk, take into account the needed space for each workstation and the number of computers that are necessary as well as accessories such as printers. Think about the weight of these items and the amount of pressure that will be placed on the glass. Some glass work tables have separate opaque glass drawers with a computer keyboard that can be pulled out when needed. This saves space, but can cause other problems such as less leg room and glare from the glass. Round tables will not be very functional as work benches as they are not space-efficient. You will need eights poles to make two frames for the top of the table and the footrest. Screw or glue these poles together to make a sturdy frame.

Step 2: Fit the Glass

It is safer to place a particle board top under the glass to prevent accidents. It will also prevent the computers and equipment from falling on the floor if the glass breaks or cracks. By securing the particle board or any other light wood to the top frame you could provide a base for the glass to cover. Using stained glass or mosaic glass will hide the wooden base under the glass if you choose to use wood for extra strength.

Step 3: Give the Table Legs

Invert the table top and attach the legs. Be careful not to damage the glass. Rest the legs on the inside of the wooden frame under the table and attach with screws. Make sure that the legs are all the same length to prevent the table from being unstable or wobbly.

Step 4: Place the Second Frame

Measure down on the legs to find a comfortable place to put the second frame so that the user’s feet can be elevated comfortably while working at this table.

Step 5: Design your Ergonomic Workstation

Put the items that you will need closer to you so that you will not have to reach across the work table. Design the work table for maximum comfort and efficiency and hopefully you will be more productive.