Framed vs Frameless Glass Partitions

While the open plan office remains a popular layout for contemporary workspaces, there are many different partitioning options to help divide these open spaces when smaller and more private areas are necessary.

There are many factors to consider when choosing the most suitable partitioning type and design, from aesthetics and budget to noise control and sustainability. Thanks to the many benefits of glass partitions, they’re sure to offer an ideal solution.

One of the major advantages of glass partitions is their aesthetic appeal, as they create light-filled spaces that don’t feel closed-off while maintaining an element of privacy.

However, when it comes to aesthetics, the primary design choice you will have to make is whether your glazed partitions should be framed or frameless.

If you aren’t sure what the difference is, or which style would be best for you, then read on – we will compare the two partition styles to help you decide.


Framed glass partitions

Framed glass dividers have dominated the partition market for a long time. Being the more affordable and easily installed option, they are also customisable to suit any home or workspace.

Framed partition systems fit panels of glass into channels along the inside of a frame, typically made of metal or timber, to achieve a sturdy finish. They have a more defined structural appearance, without reducing sightlines or light flow too much.

For some, the downside of fully framed partitions is that the frames are bulkier and not as sleek-looking as frameless alternatives. This may not be the best option for a smaller space if you want it to appear larger and more open.

However, the frame does provide more durability, allowing the partitions and doors to endure more wear and tear in high-traffic areas. The enclosed edges can also help to provide greater sound control and heat retention, especially when combined with thicker glass types.

It can also be easier to incorporate doors into framed partition walls, as the door frame can fit naturally within the lines of the partition framing to create neatly finished edges.

Why not lean into the framed aesthetic with industrial-style glass partitions, using distinctive black banding to create a trendy yet timeless design?

We offer slimline framed glass partitions here at Glass Interiors, with a choice of finishes including brushed or satin anodised aluminium, brushed brass or bronze, or a polyester powder coat.


Frameless glass partitions

If your residential or commercial space would benefit from more light and less noise, creating a productive environment and contemporary appearance, frameless partitions could be the answer.

Frameless partition systems provide a uniform elegance that gives all kinds of settings an attractively streamlined look, appealing to the people working or living in the space and forming a great first impression for any clients or guests who may come to visit.

Panels without frames won’t disrupt the light flow at all, maintaining an open and inviting environment. That doesn’t mean frameless systems compromise on privacy or strength, though – the glass can still be up to 17.5mm thick.

Depending on the type of glazing you choose, your frameless glass partitions can achieve acoustic ratings of 44dB to 55dB, dampening conversational noise. Even with thicker toughened laminated glass, minimal framing can still appear sleek.

Frameless systems also have the benefit of being able to incorporate sliding doors, which – again – is a fantastic option for spaces that may be on the small side. They can be mounted at the top as discreetly as possible to open smoothly.

At Glass Interiors, we offer a wide selection of single-glazed and double-glazed frameless glass partitions, with manifestations available for enhanced safety and privacy.


Which glass partition style is better?

Both framed and frameless partitions have their own unique styles and benefits, but the best option for you depends on the needs of your space and the people using it every day.

Framed panels have a more distinct look and often cost less, but frameless panels are typically considered more chic and lend a more airy vibe. In either case, if you want better noise reduction and heat insulation, you’ll need to opt for thicker glass or specifically acoustic glass.

Taking the size of the space, required privacy levels, and your budget into account, you can design a bespoke glass partition system to suit your needs exactly.

Contact Glass Interiors to take advantage of our specification and design services – we will be happy to advise you on our framed and frameless systems to help you choose the best style for you.

Call us on 0203 793 5455 or email your enquiry to and we will be in touch to get started on your framed or frameless design.