Standout Vented Adjustable Shelves – a Real Glass Act

September 19, 2012

We put a lot of thought into each detail of our solid wood media consoles. Because we proudly use American solid hardwood to build our TV furniture, you might be wondering why we opted for vented glass adjustable shelves over wood shelves. 

We have included glass shelves in our media consoles from the start. We recognized early on that fitting your gear was pretty important. By opting for glass, we provide more than an inch more room for gear compared to wood shelves (assuming 2 per side and 3/4" wood shelves). We also liked the aesthetic created by glass shelves. Wood shelves disrupted the clear lines and symmetry of our media cabinets. Glass shelves created all illusion of the components practically floating inside the console.

Media Console Vented Glass Shelf

Before too long we decided we wanted to offer vented adjustable shelves, but how? Our glass supplier said no, not possible, so we started making them in-house from wood despite the downsides noted above. We next tried Plexiglas. While they were a little thinner than the wood, they gave off an unattractive glow on their edges when light hit them just right.

So we returned to our glass supplier determined to make a vented shelf from glass. Rather than slots like our wood and Plexiglas shelves featured, we agreed to a circle in the center of the shelf. Easier said than done. It required the development of special tooling to reliably cut the 4.5" diameter hole. Any defects would compromise the integrity of the shelf. So, after being tempered – which makes the shelf not only safe (hence the term "Safety Glass") but very strong – the edges of the hole would have to be ground and polished the same way the outside edges were treated.

The end result: our beautiful, thin, strong, vented glass shelf.    

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