Attach table legs to a glass plate in a handsome and stable manner

Some designs of tables require a direct connection between table legs and table top. A typical example is a table with a glass top. Since transparent glass is used in most cases, both durability and an attractive appearance when mounting must be achieved.

Three connection methods

Many of the options to attach table legs fall away with a glass plate without further substructure. In principle, only three possible types of connection are possible:

  • Easy laying on a non-slip surface
  • Glue with the most transparent adhesive possible
  • Vacuum system "sucking" the table top on the legs

As a selection aid the later usage of the table can be considered. Fastening the table top for a desk used by an adult requires a different shelf life than a dining table used by families.

Helpful in planning is the purchase or building a desk top is the thickness of the glass and the resulting weight.

Loose pad

With glass plate thicknesses starting at two centimeters, the tare weight of the table top can be included as a planning factor. For example, if the glass plate has an area of ​​one square meter, it weighs about 25 kilograms at a thickness of one centimeter. With every inch of increase in glass thickness, the weight increases by that amount. A glass plate with two centimeters of strength, with its own weight of around fifty kilograms per square meter, provides sufficient support for lying down on table legs.

The surfaces of the commercially available table legs, often of optically matching metal to the glass, are usually offered brushed or corrugated. This texture gives the glass plate slip resistance, which can be increased by applying special rubber.


For glued bonding is two-sided adhesive tape, adhesive resin or silicone. Since the adhesive tape usually brings its own color and is difficult to fix on wooden legs, transparent adhesive resins or silicone are preferred.


The most elaborate and safest way of fixing can be achieved with suction cups. There are suction cups with or without vacuum regulator, as they are known, for example, as a towel holder. If you build table legs yourself, you can already plan the attachment on the leg tops. For finished table legs Aufsteckkappen or glued bearings for the upwardly open suction cups are available.

Tips & Tricks

To support the attachment and stability of the legs with loose support, you can use strong magnets, so-called neodymium.

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