Just a random wondering. Why are glass tables (coffee, dining, outside etc etc) so popular? There must be benefits that I'm missing. I hate the clatter when putting hard items down, the way things slide on the surface, the fingerprints and, frequently, the lethal corners that leave horrible bruises or even cuts on my legs. Yet most of the houses I'm looking at on my rental hunt have loads of glass furniture. I'm open to persuasion as to their benefits and don't want to diss anyones preferences for glass. Admittedly outside they look better than sun bleached and degraded plastic but according to recent articles cheap glass can explode in heat! So - why?