Is etched glass expensive?

Etched glass is a beautiful and elegant product that can add a touch of class and sophistication to any home. However, some homeowners may be hesitant to consider etched glass because they assume it must be expensive. But is etched glass really that expensive? The answer is, it can be but it doesn’t have to be. We’ve listed below the various factors which will affect the price.

1. Design Complexity

The intricacy of the etched design chosen plays a pivotal role in determining the overall cost. Simple, straightforward designs will naturally be less expensive compared to highly detailed and complex patterns. Custom designs tend to cost more as the digital artwork has to be created from scratch. Most clients commission us to produce bespoke etched panels for their home using designs from our etched glass gallery. Choosing a design from our gallery avoids artwork fees that a custom design would incur.

2. Size of the Glass

The size of the glass surface to be etched is another important determinant of cost. Larger etched panels naturally require more labor and materials as well as cost more to deliver, this can significantly increase the price. Smaller panels, like Mini Lites or Third Lites tend to be more affordable.

3. Etching Process

The method of etching also plays a role in the cost of etched glass. Traditional methods such as acid etching or hand etching can be more time-consuming and labor-intensive, and therefore more expensive. On the other hand, modern methods such as sandblasting or laser etching are more efficient, and can therefore be less expensive.

4. Glass Type

The type of glass used to create an etched glass panel is big aspect of cost and not for the reason you may think. Non toughened glass or laminated glass (as well costing more) costs more to deliver as it is too fragile to send with a courier. This means in many cases it has to be delivered personally by the manufacturer. Toughened safety glass on the other hand as well as being a stronger and more durable product can be delivered via courier worldwide. Satin glass which is sometimes used for extra privacy as there are no clear sections to see through also costs extra. All of our etched glass is produced using clear toughened safety glass as standard.


So to address the question of whether etched glass is expensive, the price like any other home decor addition, depends on a variety of factors. Design complexity, glass size, glass type and how the glass is etched all contribute to the price. Etched glass is undoubtedly a premium product, offering elegance and sophistication, but it is not out of reach for those with varying budgets. By carefully considering your preferences and needs, you can find an option that suits your aesthetic vision and financial constraints. Whether it’s a custom piece of art or a stylish addition to your home or office, etched glass can be a worthwhile investment that will enhance the beauty and elegance of your space.