Coffee table books are by far my favorite “decor item.” They are also expensive as all get out. Go figure. They fill void space, create conversation when you have guests and protect your furniture from candles and scratches. We have a few pieces of antique furniture like the one on this Antique blog and I always make sure to place coffee table books when I’m going to put down a frame or candle, that way if something is going to scratch it will just scratch the book!
Last year, one of my favorite blog posts was, “How to Decorate on a Budget” and to pair with that I wanted to dive deeper into coffee table books on a budget. My biggest tip? Half Price Books. I’m not sure how many of you have those stores, but we have them all over where I live. Resale book stores always have great coffee table books and magazines. Magazines are another fabulous option to give the same look of a coffee table book. Stack about five or six of the same magazine on top of one another and you’ve got yourself a styled space. Here are a few photos on my previous homes of styled magazines and coffee table book to give you some inspiration!
If you want to grab a few “new” books, I’ve rounded up some that are $50 and under. These are some of my favorite gifts to give because you can sift through and find a gorgeous book that has a topic they would be drawn to.
Coffee Table Books $50 & Under
Have you ever purchased any at resale shops?!
I love the looks of the books, my favourite is “All in good taste”! 🙂 Now, I just need a coffee table, haha!
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I love this post, I recently purchased a new house too and you’ve been helping me decorate! Thank you 🙂
Where are those bar stools from? They’re super cute!
Hi Shahd! Thank you so much for reading and congratulations on your new home! That’s my friends’ house I was shooting at and she had an interior designer, she isn’t sure. 🙁 I’m so sorry!
TJ Maxx Homegoods started selling GREAT coffee table books – brand new, huge variety … I’ve actually seen a lot of the favorites you included here there in December! And while I don’t think they are great client for bloggers / collabs & you probably want to direct traffic elsewhere, it’s a good tip for friends! 🙂
There is actually a Chanel coffee table book online at TJ Maxx right now! Enjoy 🙂
I find so many great coffee table books at home goods! I found the yves st laurent one, a great Jackie Kennedy book and Lauren conrads “Beauty” at home goods at a discounted price!!
I loved this post! Using books to decorate with is one of my favorite things. I really love them because they help make a statement and put extra personal touches in your home. I have found really great deals on them at TJ Maxx and Homegoods
I LOVE finding new coffee table books! <3
I’ve just discovered you! I’m obsessed! The big thick Chanel & Dior books – Where to find those?? All I find when I google the Chanel book says it’s a three book set. Is that what I should be looking for? Thanks in advance!
Hi Renee! Those are normally sold via Shopbop, but yes! It’s a set of three books and the big casing is what looks like one big book. I do remember Barnes & Noble sometimes sells it online. I hope this helps! 🙂 xx, Katey