16 Budget Friendly Boho Coffee Table Ideas

June 25, 2022

What is the boho decorating style?

The word “boho” has different meanings to different people. However, it is generally agreed that its main principle is full of personality and color. It is not overly decorated or embellished, but instead relies on the power of statement pieces. This style aims to create a sense of warmth and intimacy with items that are handcrafted and one-of-a-kind.

The boho style focuses more on a general sense of freedom and creativity. In this article, we'll explore what this type of design is all about, including tips for choosing the perfect table, different shapes, design tips, history of the table, inspiration, and even how to create your own.

Where did boho furniture come from?

Bohemian design comes from an early nineteenth century French movement in which artists moved to lower-rent, gypsy communities of Paris (unfortunately gypsy's weren't treated too well). As a result of this, a kind of uprooted lifestyle emerged, where wealth was abandoned in favor of a artistic and less materialistic way of living. While this furniture has been around for a long time, it became increasingly popular during the modern art movement in the 1960s and 1970s. It is characterized by its use of natural materials such as wood, metals, tile and stone, with an overall "simple" look.

Top Tips For Choosing a Table

  • Get the size right coffee table - The table needs to be large enough to hold several plates of food, but not so large that it dominates the space.
  • Find a shape that works - Consider the space your table is going into, is there a lot of room to walk around it? Perhaps a square shape, if you have a smaller apartment maybe consider a round or hexagon shape so that it's easy to get around.
  • Consider the material - The table should be easy to clean and remain free from scratches to ensure a good lifespan.
  • Keep it simple - Tables with a lot of angles and layers can become a chore to keep clean from a build up of dust.
  • Consider storage options Do you have a lot of storage in your space or do you need somewhere to store books, magazines, blankets, etc? Perhaps a table with drawers, or more of a full storage table that opens up could suit your needs.
  • Choose based on your needs - Are you going to be writing or perhaps sketching and painting on the table? Make sure it's at a good height while your sitting on the floor with ample leg room. Or maybe you need a place to park your feet at the end of the day. A table that's keeps your legs level or with a slight decline with keep your legs or feet from going numb!
  • Make sure it matches your theme - You'll want to make sure it fits your overall theme, not sure if it does? Make a mood board using a design program like Canva or Pinterest and assemble all of your furtniture, art, wall color, decor, etc into a board to get an overall theme.

A Moodboard Goes a Long Way

How do you incorporate a table into an existing space? You can create a living room moodboard to find the perfect scheme, experiment with different textures and patterns, and introduce new furniture into your space without spending a lot of money. Find photos of your living room items and assemble them into groups.

Why should you use a moodboard?

Designing with color

Colour has the power to evoke feelings, emotions and memories. It can also have a therapeutic effect on your mood. Yet many people design their homes unaware of this effect or how to use it to create a space that is uniquely theirs.

Textures

Shape

What are some tools to create a moodboard?

To build a moodboard, we’d suggest signing up to Canva. Once you have a table in mind you can find a lot of accents and ideas on Pinterest and Houzz are some great services that you can easily spend hours browsing for ideas.

Consider The Type of Wood

Your coffee table is going to see a lot of use and you'll want it to remain durable and strong. It is important for furniture in constant use to be hard enough that it won't dent or scratch easily as softer woods although durability is not the only factor to consider.  Some of the hardest woods are also the densest.  High humidity can cause high-density woods to warp or crack.  In addition, slightly softer woods are more workable, meaning screws and nails easily penetrate the wood, making for stronger joints. So the question is, what kind of wood should you be going for? These are some of the more popular woods to look for in a table:

  • Walnut - Although it can be costly, it is very hard and durable wood
  • Maple - One of the hardest types of wood in North America and is extremely durable
  • Oak - Most commonly used on cabinets, has a fair bit of texture but will last a long time
  • Hickory - Has a great rustic look and feel, it's quite dense so could be prone to warping and cracking in humid climates
  • Pine - Cheaper on the list of woods and easy to work with if you're building your own table, a more popular option with a nice stain

Exploring Different Table Shapes

The boho coffee table is an object that serves as both a functional coffee table and an artistic conversation piece. They typically take the shape of a rectangle, but other shapes are possible including circular, square or oval. The main material used for this type of table is wood. Other materials include metal, marble, concrete, and glass. Wood can be painted or stained to match the color scheme of any room it is placed in.

Round coffee table

A round table is a good choice for smaller spaces

Square coffee table

A square table is good for those with a lot of space and want to maximize it

A rectangular table is perfect for those who like to display their decor

Hexagon coffee table

A hexagon table allows you to show off many different sides of your decor

Try Building Your Own Table

Feeling like taking on a new project? We’ve found some DIY tutorials for you to take a look at. Add some rustic style to your interior design. They're typically made of woods on the cheaper end, driftwood, bamboo, or faux wood, but there's tons of options for material. The best part about making your own is that you can customize it with whatever you want!