A glass patio table top replacement is necessary when the old cover gets broken, cracked, or has chipped.  It can, in some instances, be almost as expensive as the entire set costs, if you are not careful.  In this article, I will go over some options you have to replace the glass tabletop from your patio set, so your outdoor furniture looks great again.

Stop – Before You Purchase

Some patio tables are not made to allow replacement tops to be installed.  If this is the case, you might have to do some homemade alterations.  If this is out of your comfort level, you might be better off just scrapping it and buying some new outdoor furniture.  Also, pay special attention to the framing around and underneath the tabletop, as it will alter what you have to do.


Glass Table Top: 36" Round, 1/4" Thick, Flat Edge, Tempered Glass
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(price as of Feb 17, 2016)

Precut Glass Tops

You will find a lot of great options on Amazon and other sites for precut glass table top replacements.  These are already cut and might be made of glass, or they might be an acrylic DP-32 type, which could be a little safer and is generally a little cheaper.  Be sure to measure carefully before you place your order.  You will also need to pay special attention to the product before you order, paying attention to the hole in the middle for the umbrella.  You may or may not need one for your outdoor furniture sets.  It is just something to keep in mind as you search.


For many, this is the best option.  Plexiglass does not shatter like regular glass, making it a good option for many.  It is clear and cleans easily, making it a good option for most.  If you are handy, you can cut your own pretty easily.  It can be purchased at most hardware and home improvement stores relatively cheap, depending on size and thickness.  Shop around a little to get the best price possible.  This might not be the best option if there is no framing underneath.


Powell 45-Inch Round Glass Table Top 8mm with 1-Inch Bevel Edge
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Custom Cut Glass

Whether you want clear or smoked, you can find a glass cutter/seller in most areas.  Be sure to take precise measurements and let them know about the edge.  If the edge is exposed, it needs to be beveled and polished, to avoid sharp edges, which cause cuts.  This is generally the most expensive option, so don’t expect to get off cheap with this one.

About Thickness

The thickness is very important.  If the table top is supported with framing, it doesn’t need to be as thick.  If there is not any framing underneath, meaning the glass itself provides all the structure and strength, it needs to be thicker, possibly ½ inch thick.  Measure an existing piece, if you still have it, to make sure you get the right thickness. 

DIY Options/Alternatives

If you are a handy person, you might want to take some time to explore some alternatives you have.  You can make your own homemade version that will look great and last for years to come.  If you want to put a personal touch on your patio furniture, take a look at some options you have available if you are a handy person.

Wood:  You can stain it or paint it and make it match your deck or the rest of your furniture.  It is probably the cheapest of all alternatives to glass table top replacements, especially if you have large scrap plywood sheets in your garage.

Tile:  You can make a base of hardboard or wood and put some nice tile on the top, allowing you to create just about anything you want for a look.  This is a good project to work on with kids and can be a lot of fun.  Travertine, marble, and ceramic will all work for this type of homemade project.

Stone Slab:  If you have access to any kind of flat stone whether large or small, it is a good option to keep in mind as you look to replace the top of your patio table and make it unique.  This is heavy and will make your set much harder to move around, however.

You have options when it comes to a glass patio table top replacement.