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.

Airy, steel-framed house near the beach wants $1.95M

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Have a nomination for a jaw-dropping listing that would make a mighty fine House of the Day? Get thee to the tipline and send us your suggestions. We’d love to see what you’ve got.

Location: Branford, Connecticut

Price: $1,950,000

Nestled in a waterfront neighborhood, this four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath contemporary is just 90 minutes from Manhattan but feels lightyears away. Built in 1997 and boasting 4,701 square feet, the contemporary steel-framed house sits tall amid mature landscaping not far from the beach.

Inside, spacious, light-filled rooms benefit from walls of glass and windows, while polished concrete radiant floors add a simple touch. The first floor features a striking foyer, an expansive dining room with 12-foot ceilings and butlers pantry, an eat-in kitchen, and a hard-to-miss bright orange custom gas fireplace. The 360-degree fireplace uses stacked rectangular boxes that mimic other elements of the house—like the floating mahogany staircase—to serve as a focal point. Custom-designed bookcases and cabinetry complete the look.

Elsewhere, a 900-square-foot first-floor master boasts two walk-in closets, an...


Check out the custom four-sided orange fireplace

Have a nomination for a jaw-dropping listing that would make a mighty fine House of the Day? Get thee to the tipline and send us your suggestions. We’d love to see what you’ve got.

Location: Branford, Connecticut

Price: $1,950,000

Nestled in a waterfront neighborhood, this four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath contemporary is just 90 minutes from Manhattan but feels lightyears away. Built in 1997 and boasting 4,701 square feet, the contemporary steel-framed house sits tall amid mature landscaping not far from the beach.

Inside, spacious, light-filled rooms benefit from walls of glass and windows, while polished concrete radiant floors add a simple touch. The first floor features a striking foyer, an expansive dining room with 12-foot ceilings and butlers pantry, an eat-in kitchen, and a hard-to-miss bright orange custom gas fireplace. The 360-degree fireplace uses stacked rectangular boxes that mimic other elements of the house—like the floating mahogany staircase—to serve as a focal point. Custom-designed bookcases and cabinetry complete the look.

Elsewhere, a 900-square-foot first-floor master boasts two walk-in closets, an oversized steam shower, and a double sink Anegre vanity. A mother-in-law suite creates a separate retreat for guests, while two other bedrooms (including one set up as an office), round out the sleeping spaces.

Step outside and the home delivers on indoor/outdoor living. A sheltered courtyard and Gunite swimming pool achieves privacy thanks to vegetation and fencing, and there’s even an outdoor shower for cleaning off. A rooftop terrace looks like a downright amazing spot for sunsets, while three beaches and 12-acres of common space in the Juniper Point community add to the incentives.

Ready to snuggle up by an orange fireplace this winter? 6 Juniper Point Road is on the market, now.

Check out the custom four-sided orange fireplace

Have a nomination for a jaw-dropping listing that would make a mighty fine House of the Day? Get thee to the tipline and send us your suggestions. We’d love to see what you’ve got.

Location: Branford, Connecticut

Price: $1,950,000

Nestled in a waterfront neighborhood, this four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath contemporary is just 90 minutes from Manhattan but feels lightyears away. Built in 1997 and boasting 4,701 square feet, the contemporary steel-framed house sits tall amid mature landscaping not far from the beach.

Inside, spacious, light-filled rooms benefit from walls of glass and windows, while polished concrete radiant floors add a simple touch. The first floor features a striking foyer, an expansive dining room with 12-foot ceilings and butlers pantry, an eat-in kitchen, and a hard-to-miss bright orange custom gas fireplace. The 360-degree fireplace uses stacked rectangular boxes that mimic other elements of the house—like the floating mahogany staircase—to serve as a focal point. Custom-designed bookcases and cabinetry complete the look.

Elsewhere, a 900-square-foot first-floor master boasts two walk-in closets, an oversized steam shower, and a double sink Anegre vanity. A mother-in-law suite creates a separate retreat for guests, while two other bedrooms (including one set up as an office), round out the sleeping spaces.

Step outside and the home delivers on indoor/outdoor living. A sheltered courtyard and Gunite swimming pool achieves privacy thanks to vegetation and fencing, and there’s even an outdoor shower for cleaning off. A rooftop terrace looks like a downright amazing spot for sunsets, while three beaches and 12-acres of common space in the Juniper Point community add to the incentives.

Ready to snuggle up by an orange fireplace this winter? 6 Juniper Point Road is on the market, now.


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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.