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More people are interested in buying locally made products than ever before. You can capitalize on many consumers’ return to local shopping by emphasizing that all components of your furniture are made in the United States, or in your town or area. The same applies to handmade goods. Individuals who are tired of mass-produced goods are often the same people who are interested in buying locally. Given this climate, it is a good time to start a handmade furniture business.

Ikea recalls all Sladda bikes, offering full refund

So long, Sladda.

The faulty belt drive did it in

Ikea is slamming the brakes on one of its most interesting offerings in recent years: the clean-lined, relatively affordable Sladda bike designed to make cycling a palatable mode of transportation to the urban masses. Now this initiative is coming to an end, as the Swedish furniture giant has announced it’s recalling all Sladda bikes and doing away with them entirely, Fast Company reports.

The stylishly pared-back Sladda, which started at $399 for Ikea Family members, had its fans when it was revealed, even winning a Red Dot award for product design. But ultimately, something that contributed to its streamlined look and low-key appeal also led to its downfall. According to the recall notice, the company received 11 reports worldwide (none in the U.S.) of the belt drive breaking, including two that led to minor injury.

The belt drive, which came with a 10-year warranty, was supposed to last longer than traditional chains and require less maintenance. Ikea told Fast Company that it hasn’t been able to find a feasible fix—though, with only 4,900 Sladda bikes sold in the U.S. since 2017, perhaps repairing the bikes is just not worth the effort. ...


So long, Sladda.

The faulty belt drive did it in

Ikea is slamming the brakes on one of its most interesting offerings in recent years: the clean-lined, relatively affordable Sladda bike designed to make cycling a palatable mode of transportation to the urban masses. Now this initiative is coming to an end, as the Swedish furniture giant has announced it’s recalling all Sladda bikes and doing away with them entirely, Fast Company reports.

The stylishly pared-back Sladda, which started at $399 for Ikea Family members, had its fans when it was revealed, even winning a Red Dot award for product design. But ultimately, something that contributed to its streamlined look and low-key appeal also led to its downfall. According to the recall notice, the company received 11 reports worldwide (none in the U.S.) of the belt drive breaking, including two that led to minor injury.

The belt drive, which came with a 10-year warranty, was supposed to last longer than traditional chains and require less maintenance. Ikea told Fast Company that it hasn’t been able to find a feasible fix—though, with only 4,900 Sladda bikes sold in the U.S. since 2017, perhaps repairing the bikes is just not worth the effort.

 Ikea
A closer look at the belt drive.

Instead, the company has recalled all Sladda bikes, urging customers to stop using them and offering a full refund. Sladda accessories, while not recalled, are also eligible for a refund.

It’s a shame that this project geared towards creating more sustainable urban commutes didn’t work out. But perhaps the next opportunity is already emerging: electric bikes and scooters.

So long, Sladda.

The faulty belt drive did it in

Ikea is slamming the brakes on one of its most interesting offerings in recent years: the clean-lined, relatively affordable Sladda bike designed to make cycling a palatable mode of transportation to the urban masses. Now this initiative is coming to an end, as the Swedish furniture giant has announced it’s recalling all Sladda bikes and doing away with them entirely, Fast Company reports.

The stylishly pared-back Sladda, which started at $399 for Ikea Family members, had its fans when it was revealed, even winning a Red Dot award for product design. But ultimately, something that contributed to its streamlined look and low-key appeal also led to its downfall. According to the recall notice, the company received 11 reports worldwide (none in the U.S.) of the belt drive breaking, including two that led to minor injury.

The belt drive, which came with a 10-year warranty, was supposed to last longer than traditional chains and require less maintenance. Ikea told Fast Company that it hasn’t been able to find a feasible fix—though, with only 4,900 Sladda bikes sold in the U.S. since 2017, perhaps repairing the bikes is just not worth the effort.

 Ikea
A closer look at the belt drive.

Instead, the company has recalled all Sladda bikes, urging customers to stop using them and offering a full refund. Sladda accessories, while not recalled, are also eligible for a refund.

It’s a shame that this project geared towards creating more sustainable urban commutes didn’t work out. But perhaps the next opportunity is already emerging: electric bikes and scooters.


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Give your business a name. Name your business something that indicates what you sell. This will come in handy later on, when you are marketing your business and want people to associate your business name with handmade furniture.
File a DBA, which stands for “doing business as,” at your local county clerk’s office. You may want to do a search to ensure that no other business in your town is operating under the same name. If you live in a large metropolitan area, a search is a necessity.
Create a line of furniture. You’ll need to have models of each piece of furniture that you intend to sell, so that customers can easily visualize what you have to offer. Add to your furniture line each year so that your stock stays fresh and on-trend.