Should You Have an Open Kitchen with a Glass Partition?

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Open floor concept kitchens have become the preferred design in homes across the country. Hardly anyone uses a “formal dining room” anymore, and the open floor design can make your living space feel simultaneously more spacious while more connected. 

However, there can be good reasons for wanting some kind of separation between your kitchen and the rest of your home. Because of this, we’re seeing a rising trend in a new kitchen architectural feature: the glass partition.  A glass partition can serve as a divider while still maintaining the open lines of sight across your kitchen.

But is a glass partition the right choice for your open floor plan kitchen?

In this article, we explore some of the considerations and benefits you might get from incorporating a glass partition into your kitchen design:


1. Types of Glass

If you’re considering a glass partition divider for your kitchen, you’re probably curious about the type of glass that will be used. Will this glass really be a fit in your kitchen?

The truth is, glass partitions can be made from a variety of different glass types and be either frameless or framed in order to best fit in with the overall aesthetic of your space. What’s more, the size and shape of your glass partition can also be customized to meet the needs of your unique kitchen.

The type of glass that is most frequently used for glass partitions is satin glass, which the kind of glass you might have seen in a hotel or retail store. Oftentimes, the glass will be chemically treated so you get the surface effect you desire, for example frosted or transparent – you might even choose a different effect for different sides

Ideally, you want to choose a glass that will be durable and easy to clean and maintain.


2. Costs

Another important factor if you’re considering a glass partition is the investment.

Generally speaking, you can probably expect the costs to be between $25 and $100 for each square foot of tempered glass. However, if your partition will also include framing and the frame takes up more space than the glass, that will significantly change your costs. When you’re pricing out your partition, don’t forget to factor in the cost of installation too.

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3. Reducing Noise 

One of the major benefits of a glass divider is that it will help reduce loud, echoing noises throughout your home. While there are many advantages to an open floor concept, one consequence of all that open space is that sounds will reverberate more throughout – and kitchens are notoriously noisy spaces!

With a glass partition, you can still feel connected to the rest of your home through the sense of sight, without so much of a toll on your sense of hearing.


4. A Touch of Elevated Style!

Perhaps the most popular reason to choose a glass partition for your newly designed kitchen is that it will immediately make your home look more elegant and refined.

Glass partition walls look stylish and can be designed to complement any aesthetic preference. They often function as a statement piece, especially when you incorporate framing in lustrous metals or rustic wood. Some homeowners even showcase a piece of giant wall art by their glass partition, so that is serves as a kind of framing device.

Is it time to remodel your kitchen so you have an open floor layout with a glass partition? If so, our team can help. We want to make sure you have all the storage you need to keep your kitchen uncluttered so you’ll be proud to show it off behind a wall of glass.

We’ll even offer you a FREE kitchen design consultation with one of our expert designers here at RTA Wood Cabinets. Schedule yours today by giving us a call at: 1-800-788-7575.