If you are in the market for a new glass table top, you’ve probably noticed the great variety of options that go into choosing a top. Of course you can pick your shape—everything from rectangle to octagon—and your size—seating for 4 or seating for 14—and then there’s your thickness—a nice thick 3/8” or a modest ¼”. But did you know that there are some amazing options in glass table top edges? Use this quick guide to help you to understand the differences between the edges and when it is appropriate to use each edge style.

Pencil Edge—A highly popular and the simplest edge of all the glass table top edges is the pencil edge. A clean and neat edge, a pencil edge is slightly rounded for a finished look. This edge is popular on nearly every shape glass table top and fits in with just about any home’s décor. Perfect for a casual dining room or a kitchen nook, the pencil edge is a casual yet polished option for glass table tops.

Ogee Edge—The ogee edge is a slightly more decorative edge than the pencil edge. It consists of a rounded edge with a small ledge on top. This seemingly small detail adds a lot of style and sophistication to your table top and makes for a more decorative dining experience. The ogee edge is perfect for a formal dining room or a kitchen dining set. This edge also makes for a nice touch as an accent table top. The ogee edge shows a bit more class than a pencil edge and should be in a more formal setting.

Flat Polished Edge—The least decorative edge offered in glass table tops, the flat polished edge is a quick and affordable way to finish off your glass top. The glass edge is simply cut straight down and polished clean. There is no roundness or beveling at all. A flat polish is appropriate to use in a less formal setting. Outdoor bars or patio tables are good places for the flat polished edge, as are high traffic locations in the home such as the family room coffee table. Choose a flat polished edge if you expect to be cleaning your glass table top a lot as it is the simplest and quickest to clean, with no extra detailed edging to get into.

Beveled Edge—By far the most popular glass table tops edge is the beveled edge. Often seen in a one-inch style, the beveled edge features an area on the table top that slants just a bit in, creating a little beveled shelf around the rim of the piece of glass. This decorative touch adds a whole lot of sophistication and finish to the table top and makes for a wonderful choice in nearly every room. Whether you are furnishing your formal dining room, your kitchen corner or your living room coffee table, a beveled edge glass table top looks classy no matter where it is placed. Perhaps its flexibility to fit in is the reason for its wild popularity.

Wave Edge—A final glass table top edge that is popular is the wave edge. Created by intricately cutting the glass in a rounded and wavy pattern, the wave edge is a beautiful display of craftsmanship. Due to the careful cuts, the wave edge is often more expensive but is worth the cost for its beauty. The wave edge is ideal for a formal dining room, however can be a deal harder to clean than the beveled or pencil edge. Perfect for a beach or summer home, the wave edge catches the eye of the beholder and makes for a great conversation piece as well.

Choosing a glass table top is a sometimes difficult task that requires choices every step of the way. By understanding the various edges that are available for glass table tops, you can make one choice a whole lot easier and be one step closer to the glass table top of your dreams.