Tempered glass or plain glass for kitchen cabinets?
April 4, 2007 2:09 AM Subscribe
Should our kitchen cabinet doors have plain glass or tempered glass?
posted by chr1sb0y to home & garden (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
We just bought new custom cabinet doors, as a somewhat cheaper/easier alternative to replacing our kitchen cabinets. The doors are cut for glass (they look like frames), which we have to buy and install separately. We've called around to numerous glass shops, and called the cabinet door company, and gotten a ridiculously wide range of responses to this question. Some folks say "Of course you need tempered! Otherwise you might get a shard of glass in the arm if the door shatters some time when you slam it." Other's have said "Tempered glass is far more likely to shatter (into lots of "safe" pieces, but still a hassle) upon normal cabinet door use, so get regular glass - you're not likely to break it."
Some places charge a lot more for tempered glass - like 40 bucks extra for a 40 dollar piece of glass. (We've also seen a huge range of glass prices - from 13 dollars a pane to 90 dollars a pane - untempered.)
- These are all upper cabinet doors, and we have 2 boys (6 and 3) who are just starting to use chairs to reach items up high - so they will likely be using these doors in little boy fashion (ie. sort of clumsily/roughly at times).
- The hinges for these doors have a very firm closing action.
- Whatever glass we get will be obscure or frosted - not clear.