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Curved Glass Replacement For China Cabinets

china cabinet glass replacement

If your china cabinet's glass is broken or damaged, you can replace just the glass so that you don't have to throw away your precious china cabinet! At Lancaster Paint & Glass, we offer curved glass replacement for "china bends" (bent glass in china cabinets) and for some other applications where curved glass is damaged and needs to be replaced.

China cabinets are both beautiful decorative pieces and functional aspects of the home. They have been around for quite some time, but only recently have some more ornate china cabinets been considered a valuable antique. The notion that china cabinets were fashioned in China is a common misconception. They're actually an English invention!

Around the end of the 17th century, china cabinet manufacturing began in England during the reign of King William and Queen Mary, who adopted the idea from the Netherlands. At the start of the 18th century, furniture makers began designing and creating china cabinets in Britain. Shops then started opening all around Europe, and America quickly followed suit.

Types of Bends and How to Measure Them

The cost of replacing curved glass depends on many factors, the biggest factor being the type of bend. Following are the most common bends for china cabinet glass.

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The normal thickness of a china bend is approximately 1/8" or 3.175 mm.

Height is the distance from the lower edge to the upper edge of the glass in its upright position.

There are several methods to give us the information necessary to provide an estimate on the glass china bend.

The easiest method of obtaining a quote FOR BEND #1 ONLY is to use our Quote Request Form.

Measuring for #2, #3 and #4 should be done in our shop. If you are comfortable making an EXACT, full size tracing of the bend and providing the height, we can provide an estimate of the cost.

If it is more convenient, you can bring the broken glass if one end includes the complete curved piece. Remember to measure the height. If the curved piece is in the door, you can bring in the door with the remaining glass. The other option is to bring the entire cabinet and let us measure.

Quotes will be generated upon receipt of the Quote Request Form or full-size pattern.

If there is no glass remaining or you cannot bring the door/cabinet to us for BENDS #2, #3, and #4, you can use the frame or door to make the pattern. If the frame/door is easily removed, the frame/door can be stood on the posterboard and the outside of the door can be traced. After tracing, cut along the line and place the trimmed pattern in the frame/door where the glass would lay. You will have to trim the pattern because the outside of the frame/door is a larger radius than the insert where the glass rests.

china bend cabinet with recent glass replacement If the frame/door cannot be removed, lay a piece of paper over the edge of the frame where the glass rests. Use your fingernail to trace an impression of the curve on the paper. Darken the line, then cut out the pattern. Then transfer the curve onto a posterboard and check the fit in the frame/door. Remember to provide the height of the glass.

Please note that glass will be made to your pattern. Make sure everything fits correctly. There are no refunds, returns, or exchanges.

Pictures are helpful, but not required.

What's Next?

Our experts can handle all of your curved glass replacement needs, including sizing and cutting the glass as well as installing it in your china cabinet or curio cabinet. To get started, you can:

We look forward to restoring your beautiful china cabinet to its former glory!

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