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.

11 design Instagram accounts to follow right now

Feast your eyes

It’s a fact of life for the visually inclined: You can never follow enough cool accounts on Instagram, especially those unexpected gems that show you the designed world in fresh ways. We’ve already shared dozens of accounts that cater to lovers of architecture, traditional design, minimalism, color, #vanlife, abandoned places, and all the miscellany in between. Now, who’s ready for another dose?

Without further ado, follow...

1. @officesandm for an architecture firm’s colorful projects from start to finish

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2. @zeanmacfarlane for very satisfying architectural illustrations

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3. @toilets_a_go_go for discovering Japanese public toilet design

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4. @min__lor for moody plant pics

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5. @concretelibraries for admiring libraries from all angles

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6. @kibak_tile for...


Feast your eyes

It’s a fact of life for the visually inclined: You can never follow enough cool accounts on Instagram, especially those unexpected gems that show you the designed world in fresh ways. We’ve already shared dozens of accounts that cater to lovers of architecture, traditional design, minimalism, color, #vanlife, abandoned places, and all the miscellany in between. Now, who’s ready for another dose?

Without further ado, follow...

1. @officesandm for an architecture firm’s colorful projects from start to finish

A post shared by Office S&M (@officesandm) on

2. @zeanmacfarlane for very satisfying architectural illustrations

A post shared by Zean Macfarlane (@zeanmacfarlane) on

3. @toilets_a_go_go for discovering Japanese public toilet design

A post shared by H.Nakamura (@toilets_a_go_go) on

4. @min__lor for moody plant pics

A post shared by @min__lor on

5. @concretelibraries for admiring libraries from all angles

A post shared by Libraries by Timtom (@concretelibraries) on

6. @kibak_tile for tile inspiration (and amazing process videos)

A post shared by Kibak Tile (@kibak_tile) on

7. @theavocadodream for homes millennials love but (probably) can’t afford (and related thoughts)

This stoned home could be yours for the equivalent of 291 years of avocado toast; it's listed at $745,000. The toast would come from nearby @porter_msn where they sell it for $7.

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8. @twin_pix for design “twins”

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9. @geometryclub for buildings from one angle and one angle alone

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10. @wooootles for impressive Lego streetscapes and more

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11. @teaaalexis for dreamy renderings of places you wish were real

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And if you’re not following Curbed on Instagram yet, whatcha waiting for!

Feast your eyes

It’s a fact of life for the visually inclined: You can never follow enough cool accounts on Instagram, especially those unexpected gems that show you the designed world in fresh ways. We’ve already shared dozens of accounts that cater to lovers of architecture, traditional design, minimalism, color, #vanlife, abandoned places, and all the miscellany in between. Now, who’s ready for another dose?

Without further ado, follow...

1. @officesandm for an architecture firm’s colorful projects from start to finish

A post shared by Office S&M (@officesandm) on

2. @zeanmacfarlane for very satisfying architectural illustrations

A post shared by Zean Macfarlane (@zeanmacfarlane) on

3. @toilets_a_go_go for discovering Japanese public toilet design

A post shared by H.Nakamura (@toilets_a_go_go) on

4. @min__lor for moody plant pics

A post shared by @min__lor on

5. @concretelibraries for admiring libraries from all angles

A post shared by Libraries by Timtom (@concretelibraries) on

6. @kibak_tile for tile inspiration (and amazing process videos)

A post shared by Kibak Tile (@kibak_tile) on

7. @theavocadodream for homes millennials love but (probably) can’t afford (and related thoughts)

This stoned home could be yours for the equivalent of 291 years of avocado toast; it's listed at $745,000. The toast would come from nearby @porter_msn where they sell it for $7.

A post shared by The Avocado Dream (@theavocadodream) on

8. @twin_pix for design “twins”

A post shared by @twin_pix on

A post shared by @twin_pix on

A post shared by @twin_pix on

9. @geometryclub for buildings from one angle and one angle alone

A post shared by Geometry Club (@geometryclub) on

10. @wooootles for impressive Lego streetscapes and more

A post shared by Jan Magno (@wooootles) on

11. @teaaalexis for dreamy renderings of places you wish were real

A post shared by Alexis Christodoulou (@teaaalexis) on

And if you’re not following Curbed on Instagram yet, whatcha waiting for!


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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.