Asked on Aug 05, 2019

How can I replace glass shelves in a curio cabinet?

Teresa Miles
by Teresa Miles

So was putting glass shelves in and the 5th one slipped breaking all below 😢 suggestions on replacing? Think I am over glass !!

  9 answers
  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Aug 05, 2019

    You could go to Home Depot and get plexiglass it’s thick plastic and you could cut it to size it looks like glass it’s clear

  • Hi, Teresa!

    The shelves can also be replaced with wood shelves that can be finished to match the cabinet or they can be covered with marble adhesive paper for a different look. Most home improvement stores will cut the boards to length for you, just ask the associate! I hope this helps!

  • William William on Aug 05, 2019

    Wood, Plexiglass (can be expensive).

  • Janice Hollstein Janice Hollstein on Aug 05, 2019

    I went to a glass shop with another shelf that didn't break & they duplicated the size, but I decided to make then a tad thicker so shouldn't break in future.

  • CrowEyes CrowEyes on Aug 06, 2019

    Find a plexiglass dealer local to you, and have them cut the plexi glass to size for you. Also have the edges smoothed (will resemble glass). If you do it yourself (HD) the edge will be rough.

  • Jan Clark Jan Clark on Aug 06, 2019

    Here's the thing: if you go with an opaque (wood-type) shelf - it will completely change the look of your beautiful cabinet. Personally, I would replace the damaged shelves with glass ones and then stack the shelves from the top down when cleaning. Plexi or Lexan looks almost the same, costs a bit more but won't break, ever. This cabinet was an investment. What you showcase in it is probably worthy of spending the money to make it look like it was designed to look.

  • DD DD on Aug 12, 2019

    I have to agree with Jan Clark that happened to my sister in law and we took the one shelf that some how just chipped and had the cut new shelves. If no shelf survived at all take a measurement of all sides and get a piece of foam core board ( you can get a a dollar store or craft store) and transfer you measurement to make sure that fit is correct then take tat to the glass store as the template

  • Rob-Shannon Schofield Rob-Shannon Schofield on Jun 17, 2021

    We had the same thing happen. Love the idea of cutting a piece of foam first to verify size. Any suggestions on where I can find a company who will cut the groove into the back edge of the glass which allows plates to display on edge?

  • Janice Janice on Jun 17, 2021

    Part of the beauty of glass shelves in cabinet such as yours is that it is likely lighted so the light shines through the glass which enhances the beauty of the piece and what is contained. I'd go with glass again but maybe a bit thicker. Plexi-glass is VERY expensive and tends to scratch over time. Good luck with whatever advice you decide to use. So sorry this happened to you.