The Custom Furniture Business: Creating Beautiful and Timeless Designs
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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.

Renovated seaweed cottage can be yours for $414K

A creative use of building materials

Once upon a time, the Danish island of Læsø was filled with charming thatched-roof houses. The uncommon architectural trend was the result of a Middle Ages boom in salt production, whose reliance on kilns stripped the island of its trees.

Instead of wood, people built homes with seaweed thatched roofs and driftwood. In addition to making the island’s houses look like cozy high-design hobbit huts, the saltwater-infused material has proven to be a formidable opponent to decay.

Close up of thatched roof houseAdam Schnack via The Spaces
Dining room in Danish homeAdam Schnack via The Spaces

This house, one of the last seaweed-thatched homes on the island, has been standing since the late 1700s, and it recently underwent a full renovation, its shaggy roof and driftwood facade included.

Living room in Danish homeAdam Schnack via The Spaces

The owners replaced the roof, using 70,000 pounds of seaweed. The low-lying two-bedroom home now has new wooden beam floors and ceilings as well as fresh, white-washed walls. The house has a new kitchen, but it kept the old (like a cast-iron stove) as a nod to the home’s historic past. Intrigued? The roughly 1,000-square-foot home is on the market for 2.65 million DKK (about...


A creative use of building materials

Once upon a time, the Danish island of Læsø was filled with charming thatched-roof houses. The uncommon architectural trend was the result of a Middle Ages boom in salt production, whose reliance on kilns stripped the island of its trees.

Instead of wood, people built homes with seaweed thatched roofs and driftwood. In addition to making the island’s houses look like cozy high-design hobbit huts, the saltwater-infused material has proven to be a formidable opponent to decay.

Close up of thatched roof houseAdam Schnack via The Spaces
Dining room in Danish homeAdam Schnack via The Spaces

This house, one of the last seaweed-thatched homes on the island, has been standing since the late 1700s, and it recently underwent a full renovation, its shaggy roof and driftwood facade included.

Living room in Danish homeAdam Schnack via The Spaces

The owners replaced the roof, using 70,000 pounds of seaweed. The low-lying two-bedroom home now has new wooden beam floors and ceilings as well as fresh, white-washed walls. The house has a new kitchen, but it kept the old (like a cast-iron stove) as a nod to the home’s historic past. Intrigued? The roughly 1,000-square-foot home is on the market for 2.65 million DKK (about $414,000).

Living room with stove in Danish homeAdam Schnack via The Spaces
Old kitchen with cast iron stoveAdam Schnack via The Spaces

Via: The Spaces

A creative use of building materials

Once upon a time, the Danish island of Læsø was filled with charming thatched-roof houses. The uncommon architectural trend was the result of a Middle Ages boom in salt production, whose reliance on kilns stripped the island of its trees.

Instead of wood, people built homes with seaweed thatched roofs and driftwood. In addition to making the island’s houses look like cozy high-design hobbit huts, the saltwater-infused material has proven to be a formidable opponent to decay.

Close up of thatched roof houseAdam Schnack via The Spaces
Dining room in Danish homeAdam Schnack via The Spaces

This house, one of the last seaweed-thatched homes on the island, has been standing since the late 1700s, and it recently underwent a full renovation, its shaggy roof and driftwood facade included.

Living room in Danish homeAdam Schnack via The Spaces

The owners replaced the roof, using 70,000 pounds of seaweed. The low-lying two-bedroom home now has new wooden beam floors and ceilings as well as fresh, white-washed walls. The house has a new kitchen, but it kept the old (like a cast-iron stove) as a nod to the home’s historic past. Intrigued? The roughly 1,000-square-foot home is on the market for 2.65 million DKK (about $414,000).

Living room with stove in Danish homeAdam Schnack via The Spaces
Old kitchen with cast iron stoveAdam Schnack via The Spaces

Via: The Spaces


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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.