how to make shattered glass coffee table

How to Make a Shattered Glass Coffee Table

If you’re looking to give your living room a chic, modern upgrade, making a shattered glass coffee table can be a great way to do it. The steps below will take you through the entire process, from gathering your materials to adding the finishing touches.

Gather Materials

  • Glass pane (1/4 inch – 1/2 inch thick): You’ll need to measure the area where the coffee table will go, and then buy a pane accordingly.
  • Wooden base
  • Shatterproof safety glass: This is necessary to protect your floor and furniture from sharp glass shards.
  • Adhesive: Make sure to use an adhesive meant for use on glass.
  • Miter saw: This will be used to cut the wooden base for fitting your particular glass pane.
  • Glass cutter ◦Hammer
  • Chalkboard: If you want to give your coffee table a bit of customization you can use a chalkboard sticker to write something on.

Prepare the Wooden Base

Take your wooden base and miter saw and cut it to the necessary size to fit the glass pane. When you are done, use sandpaper to smooth out any rough edges.

Secure the Shattered Glass

Lay down the shatterproof safety glass, making sure to cover the entire area in which the coffee table will sit. This will protect your floor and furniture from any broken glass. Apply adhesive to the wood base and place the glass pane on top. Press down until it sticks.

Shatter the Glass

Put the glass pane on another flat surface, such as the ground. Take the hammer and gently strike the pane multiple times until it is shattered into the design of your choosing. Make sure to take your safety precautions and wear eye protection.

Finishing Touches

If you’d like to add a bit of personalization, create a design with the chalkboard sticker and write something of your choosing. Finally, lift the completed coffee table and set it in the desired location.


Making your own shattered glass coffee table is an easy process that does not require any previous knowledge of furniture making. With some patience and a few basic tools, you’re well on your way to creating a fashionable addition to your living room!

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