Types of glass fittings: Everything you need to know

You might just think that glass fittings are what secure glass panels to the frame and hold it in place. And you’d be right (in the basic sense). But in design, the details make or break a project and deciding on the right type or types of glass fittings makes all the difference. Don’t worry though.

In this article, you’ll find everything you need to know to make the right decision.

Types of glass fittings

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1.      Glass hinges

Glass hinges connect a glass door to its frame or an adjacent glass panel, allowing for the swinging motion of the door. Glass hinges are generally used for shower doors, glass cabinets, or any space where a sleek and modern look is desired. Opt for glass hinges when you need a seamless and elegant finish without compromising functionality.

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2.      Glass connectors

Glass connectors are used to hold multiple glass panels together. They are typically used in making glass shelves, display units, or glass cubicles. Connectors are perfect for projects requiring a clean, uninterrupted glass surface, such as display cases or modern office partitions.

3.      Patch fittings

Patch fittings are small holding brackets that secure a glass door or panel to a wall or floor. They are often used for frameless glass doors and give a minimalist look. These fittings are ideal for spaces where you want the focus to remain on the glass itself, like in elegant storefronts or contemporary office spaces.

4.      Spider fittings

Spider fittings are named for their spider-like appearance, with multiple arms extending from a central point. They are used to securely hold large glass panels, especially in facades and glass walls. Choose spider fittings when working on large-scale projects like glass building exteriors, where structural integrity is as important as aesthetics.

Glass Balustrade

5.      Balustrade fittings

Balustrade fittings are used to secure glass panels in railing systems. These fittings ensure the safety and stability of glass balustrades on balconies, staircases, or terraces. They are ideal for projects where safety barriers are needed without sacrificing style.

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BONUS CHOICE – Frameless balustrade system

A frameless balustrade system employs minimal fittings to give the illusion of a floating glass barrier. This system is perfect for modern designs where uninterrupted views and sleek lines are key.

Which glass fitting should you choose?

The choice of glass fitting depends on the requirements of your project. Consider aspects like aesthetics, functionality, scale, and safety when making your selection. For an elegant, minimalist look, patch fittings or frameless balustrade systems are ideal. For structural integrity in large projects, spider fittings are the way to go.

Find what you’re looking for at The Glass Warehouse

Now you’ve got a better idea of what glass fittings are and what they do, and you’ve had our recommendation for which is best, if you’re ready to buy then browse our full collection of glass fittings at The Glass Warehouse.

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