Once considered a traditional and possibly old-fashioned design, reeded glass (also known as fluted glass) has seen a re-emergence over recent years, thanks to designer trends.  

This humble, well-established glass type is distinct in its ribbed pattern whilst pleasingly practical in its privacy role. 

No wonder reeded glass has made a huge splash in the contemporary home design industry.  Whether used in a window or door, it offers fashion followers that juxtaposition of modern and classic style whilst providing a highly effective function.

How is Reeded Glass made?

Reeded glass is constructed by pressing semi-molten glass between metal rollers to create its well-recognised pattern.

Like most glass types, it’s usually manufactured as a toughened glass to ensure peace of mind. 

Speak to your professional glass supplier as well as looking out for the kite mark confirming your glass has been tempered to the required standards.

The main thicknesses of reeded glass are 6mm, 8mm, 10mm and 12mm. However it can also be customised to your requirements.

This stylish type of glass can also be enhanced with a colour laminate to suit the decor of your home.

Types of Reeded Glass

Reeded glass comes in four main types:

  • V-shaped
  • prism
  • standard reed
  • wider reed.  

Each type of reeded glass provides varying degrees of obscurity but generally scores a 1 on the scale that defines privacy

Therefore, it reduces only a small amount of light compared to clear glass yet provides a reasonable degree of seclusion.

Uses of Reeded Glass

Historically, the reed-inspired design was reserved for office designs such as partitions and dividers. 

It can be cut, drilled, polished and edged according to individual needs, making it brilliantly versatile.

In the past, Industries that valued the benefit of low-level obscurity glass were often medical settings, who turned to reeded glass for its reliability and simplicity.

Nowadays, reeded glass is used in many more settings including the home as it adds visual interest yet with its subtle shift of light, some privacy.

Ideally used in doors and windows, reeded glass offers great convenience to those who want to allow light and warmth in, but not reveal the contents of their home.   

Additionally, this glass type is becoming nostalgically popular when utilised for partition screens and enclosures.

Bathroom inspiration

The addition of reeded glass in bathrooms to cordon off particular areas, enables homeowners to divide and distract.  The extra benefit of low-obscurity glass in wet rooms is that issue of limescale is less obvious.

This textured glass remains as popular now as it was in its infancy. 

Glass cabinet doors are instantly refined with this fluted appearance that allows only an indication of its contents.  

Home decor magazines are frequently displaying the popularity of fluted pendant wall light fittings, jars, glass table tops and other glassware; accessories that mix ‘old with new’. 

It was only a matter of time that the discerning home owner began to select this sophisticated style to enhance their windows and glass doors.  

Rightly so, this vertical, modest-patterned glass with its retro prettiness deserves to be back in the limelight!

Looking for alternatives when it comes to high-privacy windows?

Check out our guides to stippolyte glass and cotswold glass.

Matt James
Matt James

Hi, Matt here! I started out almost 20 years ago as a teenager working in the family business fitting doors, windows and conservatories. I now run this website to share the best tips and advice for anyone looking to get a good deal on double glazing.