How To Protect A Glass Patio Table

A glass patio table can make a nice focal point for your patio, but how can you protect it from sun, rain and natural wear?


The edges of a glass patio table are not as easy to see as those of wooden or plastic tables. In poor lighting conditions, they can become almost invisible. To prevent bumping and jostling, position your table away from high traffic areas—preferably against a wall. If you have children, make sure the table is away from their play area as well as their main access point to the home.

Place your glass table where it will catch the light. Not only will this make the table more visible, but it will add an attractive sparkle that puts the table and its contents on display.

Table Cloth

A tablecloth can protect the glass top and prevent it from getting scratched. Choose a cloth made of a soft fabric. Some harsh materials—even lace—can scratch a tempered glass top when pressure is applied. To keep the cloth in place, you can sew weights into the hem or keep a nice center piece on the table.


Always use coasters with cork bases under cups and glasses. The edge of a cup or glass hitting a glass table top can chip or scratch it. Sliding a cup or glass across a table top can be very damaging. In addition, while condensation from drinkware won't necessarily damage the surface of the table, efforts to clean it up may streak or scratch the glass.

When putting anything on a glass table top, place it carefully.


Try to protect your glass table from direct sunlight. Although it is rare, tempered glass has been known to explode after exposure to hot sun shine. Sunlight can also fade the framework of the table, whether wood or iron.

Fit Rubber Pads to the Feet

Small rubber pads on the feet of your table will protect it from sudden vibrations that can arise when a door slams shut. Even heavy trucks  passing by or planes flying overhead can set up damaging vibrations.

Regular Maintenance

You should clean the table once a week. While cleaning, inspect it for any possible damage or deterioration.

Since this table is outdoors, make sure you position it where it does not rock. A table that rocks only has 2 feet firmly on the ground and can easily be damaged. If possible, stand the table on a cement or concrete surface so that the feet do not get damaged by the damp soil.

Fruit Trees

Do not put your glass table under a fruit tree. A falling orange or avocado pear can be enough to shatter the glass top.

Accidents will happen but by taking a few precautions you can prevent some of them. If the table is worth it, add it to your home contents insurance.