From office cubicles to bathroom screens, glass wall
partitions play many roles in modern home and office décor. A partition wall
can be built from various types of glass and metal components, which means it
can be customized to match specific needs and preferences.
A glass partition wall is an interior wall structure made
primarily of glass or a glass alternative. Glass panels are paired with metal
framing, channel and/or clamps to create custom non load-bearing walls that can
function as office dividers, bathroom partition walls, glass wall systems, and
more. The glass partition wall has become especially popular in modern office
design and is used in office cubicles, conference rooms, and entryways.
However, these glass walls are also making their way into home décor…not only
as toilet screens but as creative design solutions in small apartments and
modern living spaces. Residential applications include living room walls,
master bathroom walls, and accent walls.
A glass partition wall offers a range of benefits:
Glass partitions range from small privacy screens to extensive wall systems. They can be built from various types of glass and can be framed or frameless. Moreover, the size and configuration of the sheets of glass can be customized to fit many design schemes. Some of the most popular types of glass partition walls are glass panels, glass room dividers, and glass wall systems.
Glass panels offer simple solutions to many design dilemmas.
How can I keep a toilet from detracting from a bathroom’s spa-like vibes?
Install a frosted, patterned, or back-painted glass wall panel that creates a
private nook for the commode. How can I give employees separate work spaces
without making claustrophobic office cubicles? Use clear glass panels to create
modern office partitions. How can I create a separate lobby for clients without
losing the natural light from my front windows? Have several glass panels
installed to delineate the lobby, but use clear glass so that the natural light
can still illumine the rest of your office.
Glass wall panels can be framed or frameless, and style
options for the glass itself include:
While tempered glass is the most common choice for a glass
wall panel, other options are available if there are concerns about durability
or safety. These include laminated glass as well as Plexiglas, a type of
acrylic sheeting that offers a glass-like appearance. It is also durable and
will not form sharp shards if broken. Alternatively, opaque colored acrylic can
also be used to create privacy partitions.
Glass room dividers allow you to go beyond small glass
cubicles and use larger glass wall dividers to create a modern office space or
bright entryway. Glass room dividers give a commercial building an up-to-date
feel and can even enhance productivity and morale. Glass wall partitions can
also be used in restaurants and stores to mark off different areas without
overly compartmentalizing the space. Likewise, these interior glass walls can
be utilized in homes. For instance, a glass room divider can be used to divide
a dining room and kitchen while retaining an open concept look and feel. Also,
a single glass partition wall might be all that’s needed to separate a master
bathroom from the rest of the master suite.
A number of configurations are possible for these glazed
partitions. Examples include:
An edgy, high-end look comes with installing a glass wall
system in a home or office. More extensive than a simple room divider, a glass
wall system allows you to make glass your material of choice for many or all of
your interior walls. Glass wall systems usually include framed or frameless
glass doors, and, like room dividers, they can be set up in many different
ways. These interior glass walls make it possible to create “all glass”
conference rooms, board rooms, living rooms, home offices, home gyms and more.
These interior glass partition systems can be built with framed or unframed
glass, and clear, privacy, or back painted glass may be used.
One of the most trendy glass partition options is the frameless glass wall system. Ideal for creating a modern meeting room or living area, this type of partition highlights panels of frameless glazing coming together to form sleek interior glass walls. These custom glass walls are used in areas of all shapes and sizes to create unique and beautiful spaces, such as this frameless glass wall system that ABC Glass and Mirror recently installed for one of its customers in Northern Virginia.
Frameless glass wall systems typically extend from floor to
ceiling. Unobtrusive metal channel is fastened to the floor and ceiling and
holds the glass panels in place. Sometimes the pieces of glass are slid into
the upper and lower channels simultaneously from the side. In other situations,
the top channel is deeper and wider than necessary, so that the glass can be
inserted into it first and then maneuvered into the bottom channel. Since the
top channel is extra deep, it still grips the glass once it is set in the base
We’ve all probably seen glass wall partitions in offices or commercial settings, but in-home uses are less common. However, contemporary designers are putting both clear and privacy glass to work in their décor schemes. The use of one or more clear glass walls is a powerful tool for making any small or crowed space feel larger and more open. A transparent partition wall can also make open concept living space even more bright and airy. If privacy concerns exist, attractive curtains can also be installed; keep the curtains open most of the time for a spacious feel and draw them shut when a private space is desirable. Related Article: The Best Interior Glass Wall Ideas
On the other hand,
privacy glass can be used to create a glass wall partition that makes the
perfect screen for privacy or to hide a room’s less appealing elements.
Acid-etched, patterned, and tinted glass give some privacy (acid-etched the
most, tinted the least) but still allow light to pass through. Back painted
glass is available in custom colors and is opaque colored glass that offers
complete privacy. Examples of this type of application include:
Like the size and
shape of a glass partition wall, the cost varies greatly. Factors that impact
glass wall cost include the following:
Prices can also
fluctuate depending on your locale and the glass company with which you work.
For more detailed
product and pricing info in the Northern Virginia region, ABC Glass and Mirror
can be reached at (703)257-7150. In-house glaziers are available for a phone
discussion, and prospective clients can also schedule a free consultation at
their home or commercial site.