5 Creative Ideas for Using Custom Glass in Your Home

Are you looking to add a few unique accents to your home renovation? Custom glass is an excellent option. 

Glass brings a sleek, modern feel to any room and makes your home look more spacious while letting in plenty of light. 

But how should you use it? Luckily, glass is incredibly versatile and matches virtually any style of home decor. Springfield Glass Company shares five creative ideas for using custom glass in your home in this blog post. 

Custom Glass Shelving

Install glass shelving to add a light and airy feel to your bathroom or kitchen. Towels and washcloths or kitchenware will look like it’s floating in mid-air, and the glass shelves will make your walls look less cluttered. 

Display Cases

Do you have unique collectibles or antiques you’d like to display? Why not build a glass display case? Display cases add a classy vibe to any home while keeping your cherished items safe and visible to your guests.  

Glass Tabletops

Glass tabletops are a beautiful, elegant addition to any home. Glass coffee tables or dining room tables make your home look clean, spacious, and uncluttered. 

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Glass Cabinets

Glass cabinets add a touch of elegance to your kitchen or living room. You can use clear glass to give guests a view of what’s inside your cabinets, or choose a textured glass such as rain or frosted glass to add style but maintain privacy. 

Shower Glass

Custom shower glass has increased in popularity in the past few years, with frameless shower doors becoming a highly sought-after option. Frameless shower doors are made entirely from glass and are not placed in a frame. They add a clean, modern look to any bathroom. 

Custom Glass at Springfield Glass Company

The experts at Springfield Glass Company have over 30 years of experience providing our customers with beautiful glass. We offer versatile glass edges and textures options and would love to help you plan your next glass project. For more information, or to receive a free quote, call us at 417-883-6555 or contact us online today!

Springfield Glass Explains: What is One-Way Glass and How is it Used?

Have you ever walked past a commercial building and seen your reflection staring back at you? If you’ve tried to fix your hair while gazing into one of these reflective windows, you’ve witnessed the magic of one-way glass.

This type of glass is growing in popularity and can be seen in both commercial and residential architecture. But how is it crafted, and why is it used?

In today’s blog, Springfield Glass Company explains the components of one-way glass and its many uses. 

What is One-Way-Glass? 

One-way glass, also referred to as half-silvered mirror glass, is transparent on one side and reflective on the other. A metallic coating is applied to one side of the glass, making it reflective to light. 

To be effective, the reflective coating side must face brighter light than the non-reflective side. When conditions are correct, people on the coated side will see a more reflective, mirror-like surface, and those on the non-reflective side will see the glass as a standard transparent window.

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Enhanced Privacy

The most apparent benefit to this type of glass is privacy. Workers inside a commercial business or doctor’s office do not want to be stared at by passers-by, which is why one-way glass is often seen on commercial office buildings. 

One-way glass is also a stylish way for residential homeowners to enjoy privacy while allowing maximum natural light in the home. It can be used on windows, sliding doors, and glass partitions. 

One-Way Glass Considerations

If you’re considering installing this type of glass on your commercial or residential building, It’s important to remember that lighting conditions determine its reflective effect.

If the reflective side of the glass is facing the exterior of your building, you’ll achieve maximum privacy during daylight hours. But because the reflective nature of glass will diminish at night, you’ll need to consider adding curtains or shades for night-time privacy. 

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Custom Glass at Springfield Glass Company 

Springfield Glass Company offers custom glass repair and installation with over 30 years of experience. Our experts are ready to speak with you about your special commercial or residential project. Call us today at 417-883-6555 for a free estimate, or contact us online.

3 Stylish Custom Glass Types for Enhanced Privacy


Having a home with plenty of windows is fantastic–windows let in light and air and make your home look more spacious. However, in the evening hours when your home is brightly lit, having many windows can make your home feel too exposed. While most people opt for curtains and blinds, several custom glass options can enhance privacy by design. 

In this blog post, Springfield Glass Company looks at three glass types that enhance privacy without sacrificing style. 

Frosted Glass

Frosted glass is glass treated to produce a rougher surface, creating a more rugged and pitted texture. Frosted glass creates a warm, elegant look and can be used in windows, doors, or bathroom glass. The rough surface of frosted glass blurs objects behind it, enhancing privacy while still letting in plenty of light. Frosted glass has the added benefit of obscuring fingerprints and streaks and is easy to clean.

Rain Glass

Rain glass is treated to produce a vertical line pattern similar to rain streaking down a window. It has a beautiful, dreamy appearance and can add modern style to any room. Rain glass can be used on windows, doors, and bathrooms and provides the same blurring, privacy-enhancing effect as frosted glass. Rain glass can vary in pattern and style and is a versatile option for both privacy and style. 

Tinted Glass

Tinted glass has been darkened by adding small amounts of metal oxide to it. The tinted glass comes in different colors and tones, including bronze, grey, or black. Most people think of cars when they think of tinted glass, but tinted glass is also used on commercial and residential windows to add privacy and create a modern, stylish look.  

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Custom Glass at Springfield Glass Company

Springfield Glass Company offers frosted, rain, and tinted glass and many more custom glass options. With over 30 years of experience, our glass experts are ready to help you design the custom project of your dreams. For more information about our glass services, call us today at 417-883-6555 for a free estimate, or contact us online.

Design Considerations for Custom Glass Shelves in Your Bathroom

Springfield Glass Company specializes in glass repair and installation projects of any size, including custom glass shelves for your bathroom. These shelves give your bathroom a sleek, open look and create the illusion of more space. They’re also sturdy and go with any color. In today’s blog from Springfield Glass Company, we discuss design considerations to think about when you want custom glass shelves in your bathroom.

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Size of Your Bathroom

The size of your bathroom is the most important consideration for custom glass shelves. Narrow spaces call for narrow shelving or shelving in corners to maximize space. A wide-open bathroom gives us more custom glass options and spaces to fill if you need more storage. No matter how big or small your bathroom is, our staff can design glass shelving to meet your needs.

How Much Storage You Need

Perhaps your cabinets and drawers in your vanity just don’t have enough space, or they’re overcrowded. You may also want custom glass shelves within easy reach of the vanity that don’t get in the way of your daily routine. Another plus is that clear glass goes with any color, and we can make them into any shape. We’ll also craft custom glass shelves that are safe for kids, including ones that are secure and have rounded corners and edges.

Location of the Glass Shelves

You’d be surprised where you can put glass shelves in a bathroom. There are lots of options to consider.

Small shelves next to the sink. Think everyday items such as toothbrushes, a box of tissues, soap, lotion, and a set of rolled up or folded bath towels.

Above the toilet. We can install wider shelving for towels, wipes, and toilet paper.

Over the bathtub or in the shower. Here goes your shampoo, conditioner, shaving items, a waterproof radio, and anything else you might use in the shower.

Open-cabinet shelving. An open cabinet utilizes sides and a back to secure the shelving, but it doesn’t have a front. You can put towels, miscellaneous items, lotions, perfume, and makeup here as you go through your morning or evening routine.

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Springfield Glass Company & Custom Glass Shelves

Springfield Glass Company can install custom glass shelves in your bathroom no matter how much space you have. Our experts can help you design the shelves, and then we create them and install them. Contact Springfield Glass Company or call (417) 883-6555 for more information.

Top Uses for Custom Glass Shelves

Custom glass shelves add beauty to your home. Glass is both traditional and modern, meaning glass is a contemporary art form that goes back thousands of years. Thanks to modern manufacturing techniques, tempered glass is available in many shapes, sizes, and colors. In today’s blog from Springfield Glass Company, we explain the top uses for custom glass shelves in your home.

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Floating Glass

Floating glass goes directly against the wall. Sturdy brackets hold individual pieces in place, making it appear as though this type of custom glass shelf simply floats on the wall. Springfield Glass Company can design floating glass shelves that fit snugly into a corner. Our professional team can also create pieces that curve around into an “S” shape for multiple levels. The possibilities are endless with floating glass!

Display Cases

Enclosed display cases put your valued collection in the spotlight, whether you have collector plates, rare coins, porcelain figures, or family mementos you want to display proudly. Custom glass shelves allow light to pass through the entire case. This illuminates every piece as thoroughly as possible. Our team may suggest various lighting effects to bring out the best view of your collection.


Glass withstands a humid environment very well. That’s why custom glass shelves are perfect for bathrooms when you need extra storage space. Consider glass shelves for items you need to keep on hand for your morning routine, such as perfume or cologne, toothbrushes, hairbrushes, or lightweight appliances.


Custom glass shelves are ideal for kitchen cabinets or hutches. These shelves store plates, cups, and other essential items. Glass works very well with elegant dinnerware for special occasions, such as a high-end china set or your grandmother’s antique set of dishes. 

Home Office

Don’t neglect your home office space! Custom glass shelves conveniently and stylishly store books, manuals, and tools. Shelves also increase your storage space when the computer desk isn’t enough. When shelves are next to your desk, items are in easy reach when you have a busy day.

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Custom Glass Shelves by Springfield Glass Company

The experts at Springfield Glass Company can design custom glass shelves for any room in your home. We strive for complete customer satisfaction. Contact Springfield Glass Company or call (417) 883-6555 for more information on the custom glass products we offer.

Security Benefits of Custom Glass

Custom glass does more than just beautify your residential or commercial building. Many types of glass structures, made of tempered glass, offer security benefits for your property. In today’s blog from Springfield Glass Company, we discuss the wide range of security benefits you get from custom glass structures.

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Buildings That Use Custom Glass

Many common buildings, both commercial and residential, require security with regards to their custom glass elements. Airports have large windows for passengers to see incoming flights, but there may also be security checkpoints. Government buildings and large medical facilities have security checkpoints as well as service windows for employees to see their customers. Movie theaters have large glass structures for employees to take money, while banks use custom glass at drive-throughs. 

Improved Visibility for Customers and Employees

Glass walls and doors made of custom glass not only look great, but they also offer security benefits for the building’s owners. These interior design elements improve visibility for customers and employees, thereby enhancing customer interactions while keeping employees safe. For example, a bank drive-through needs secure custom glass structures so employees can see incoming vehicles, but they also need protection because of the cash transactions they work with on a daily basis.

Enhanced Visibility for Security Personnel

No one wants to have a tense security issue on their property. Custom glass improves visibility for security personnel to observe what’s going on and take action when a safety issue presents itself. Safety glass and tempered glass create easy sightlines, a 360-degree view if necessary, and a barrier between security personnel and any perpetrators who may present a danger to staff behind the glass.

Better Sightlines for Security Cameras

Custom glass design elements improve sightlines for security cameras. Better visuals on cameras may only work for glass that isn’t tinted unless security cameras have special filters to see infrared light. Tempered glass on windows, doors, and security kiosks lets in just as much light and infrared as standard glass, making it an excellent choice for custom glass when it comes to added security for your property.

Harder to Break

Custom glass features are difficult to break without using an extraordinary amount of force. Tempered glass is extremely durable, up to four times stronger than standard glass. Plus, tempered glass shatters into small pieces, thereby reducing the risks of anyone getting a major injury if someone breaks the custom glass. If the tempered glass is thick enough, it may prevent burglaries and intrusions.

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Custom Glass by Springfield Glass Company

Springfield Glass Company specializes in custom glass, whether you need a single window, an entire wall, or security doors installed in your residential or commercial property. We’re the premier glass installation and repair company in southwest Missouri! Contact Springfield Glass Company online or call (417) 883-6555 for more information on the custom glass products and services we offer.

Glass Shower Doors: How to Plan for a Bathroom Remodel

Planned renovation of a luxury modern bathroom

A bathroom renovation could be the perfect opportunity to implement a new look. Imagine having a translucent experience every time you enter and exit the shower. Adding a glass shower door could be the missing piece to the puzzle.   

DIY home remodeling can get complicated. So, after you plan the layout and choose your tiles, the pros at the Springfield Glass Company will gladly handle your glass shower door installation. Read today’s blog for some ideas and guidance as we discuss the role that shower doors can play in your bathroom remodel. 

Glass Shower Door: Evaluate Your Options

From making style choices to working out your budget, there are many things to consider when planning a bathroom renovation. Additionally, glass shower doors come in many shapes and sizes. Once you measure the available space, you can narrow down your options. A swinging shower door complements a classic bathroom, which can work for years to come. For a unique aesthetic, choose a glass door that slides.  

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Glass Shower Enclosure: Add Beauty to the Master Bath 

These days, floor-to-ceiling glass enclosures are trending up. If you’re remodeling, consider this seamless layout that makes the room look extra tall. A rectangular-shaped enclosure will look beautiful, and you can customize it to fit the blueprint for your master bathroom. Some designs feature a glass door that swings out, while other enclosures have a single glass panel wall.   

Glass Shower Door: Match the Style of Your Bathroom

A glass shower door can make your bathroom shimmer, and it can also provide the finishing touch to your remodeling project. Do you prefer a traditional or modern aesthetic? What color should the sinks, countertops, walls, and floors be? Do you want natural lighting? Give yourself time to think about a bathroom theme that matches your lifestyle. Glass shower doors can pair well with white and grey marble, for example. For a contemporary bathroom, opt for a frameless shower screen.  

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Get a Free Estimate on Glass Shower Doors 

Whether you’re looking for an elegant shower door or you’d like a full glass shower installed, the Springfield Glass Company is your solution. We’ve been serving southwest Missouri since 1985, and all our glass comes with a one-year warranty. Contact us online or call (417) 833-6555 for a free estimate on glass shower doors.

Custom Glass Projects for Your Business

Are you looking for commercial custom glass?

Springfield Glass Company completes many different types of glass projects for businesses. Today, our blog lists some of the unique things we can do with commercial custom glass.

What We Can Do

In addition to exterior doors and windows, we can do many different things with glass, including:

  • Back-painted markerboards
  • Back-painted backsplashes in break rooms or clean areas
  • Shelves
  • Desktops
  • Railings
  • Screen-walls
  • Reception windows
  • Bullet resistant barriers
  • Teller line windows
  • Mirror walls and individual mirrors
  • Cabinet doors
  • Clock doors
  • Sandblast cabinet windows
  • Gauge Faces
  • One-way vision windows
  • Sound-reducing windows
  • Showers and wash-down areas
  • All-glass office partitions and doors
  • Museum displays
  • Service counters and displays
  • Showroom doors
  • Vestibules

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Get in Touch With Us Today

This is just a small list of things we’re called for every year. Contact Springfield Glass online or call us at (417) 883-6555 if you have a need and we can help you design the right solution for your business.

Springfield Glass Company: Glass Edge Types

Beveled Glass Edge Table Top

So, you need a piece of glass for your home or business? Great, we’re here to help! Springfield Glass Company has exceptional options for custom-designed glass. One of the elements you’ll be able to pick for your glass is the type of edge you want to meet your design vision. If the edge of your piece will be seen, edge treatment will have a great effect on the feel, appearance, and usability of your glass. Read on in today’s blog from Springfield Glass Company to learn about the glass edge types you can choose from!

Common Glass Edge Options

Cut Edge

This will be a scored and snapped edge. It will be sharp and difficult to handle safely. It may have chips and rough edges. We don’t recommend this edge for direct use by our customers.

Shop Seamed Edge (for plate glass)

This is where we sand the cut edge to create a slight chamfer on the top and bottom edges of the piece to make it smooth and safer to handle. This edge will have a nice appearance and will not have chips or rough edges. This is the most common edge treatment for non-tempered glass.

Plant Seamed Edge (for tempered glass)

This will be similar to the shop seamed edge, but it will be done by a machine in a fabrication plant. This edge will be safer to handle than a cut edge but may not be suitable for exposed viewing the way a shop seamed edge is. The primary purpose for this edge is to prepare the glass for tempering, not to improve appearance.

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Flat Polished Edge

This is an edge with a nice, uniform, shiny appearance. It will be smooth and safe to handle. The top and bottom edges of the piece will be chamfered to remove sharpness, resulting in a three-sided edge that has all surfaces polished to a shine. It is decorative and pleasing to feel and look at. This is the most common edge treatment for tempered glass products that will have exposed edges.

Pencil Polished Edge

This treatment is similar to the flat polished edge except that its overall shape will be like the round edge of a pencil split lengthwise. This is the smoothest edge and has a very nice appearance.

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Beveled Edge

This process grinds away and polishes a part of the face of the glass to provide a beveled surface along the top where it transitions to the edge. The beveled edge is very decorative and is most noticeable from the face of the glass, whereas the other treatments are only visible from the edge. The width of the bevel can be selected to match the desired effect and the thickness of the glass; typically, from one-half inch to one and one-half inches. Beveled edges are most commonly used on tabletops and mirrors.

Contact Springfield Glass Company Today!

At Springfield Glass Company, we have many capabilities for glass edging, and these are just a few of the edge treatments available. Contact Springfield Glass Company to discuss other options and let us help you design your glass to match your vision. Give us a call at 417.883.6555 or send us an email at info@spfdglassmo.com.