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.

Next-level sustainable dog house puts all other dog houses to shame

Fit for a very spoiled pup

Whether it’s a human house that’s been designed around a dog’s needs or dog houses inspired by modern architecture, high design dog houses are a bona fide thing. The latest example is this “canine cottage” from Studio Schicketanz that’s a lesson in sustainability for dog and man alike.

Timber dog house with angled roofPhoto via Inhabitat

The architects designed the timber-clad dog house with some next-level eco-friendliness. The inside of the miniature house comes with a built-in floor drain and a solar-powered fan that keeps the pup cool on hot days. Outside, a carpeted ramp leads to a green roof where there’s a motion-activated water fountain that’s connected to an irrigation system, ensuring that no water is wasted.

Dog drinking from fountainPhoto via Inhabitat

The dog house itself its handsomely simple. Its angled shape is built from wide timber planks and has two small windows to let in natural light. On the side, there’s a hidden drawer to stash food, toys, and treats—as if a sustainable doggie palace didn’t spoil the pup enough.

This design is one of a few entries for the Carmel Canine Cottages Competition, which will eventually auction off the structures, with proceeds going to the Society...


Fit for a very spoiled pup

Whether it’s a human house that’s been designed around a dog’s needs or dog houses inspired by modern architecture, high design dog houses are a bona fide thing. The latest example is this “canine cottage” from Studio Schicketanz that’s a lesson in sustainability for dog and man alike.

Timber dog house with angled roofPhoto via Inhabitat

The architects designed the timber-clad dog house with some next-level eco-friendliness. The inside of the miniature house comes with a built-in floor drain and a solar-powered fan that keeps the pup cool on hot days. Outside, a carpeted ramp leads to a green roof where there’s a motion-activated water fountain that’s connected to an irrigation system, ensuring that no water is wasted.

Dog drinking from fountainPhoto via Inhabitat

The dog house itself its handsomely simple. Its angled shape is built from wide timber planks and has two small windows to let in natural light. On the side, there’s a hidden drawer to stash food, toys, and treats—as if a sustainable doggie palace didn’t spoil the pup enough.

This design is one of a few entries for the Carmel Canine Cottages Competition, which will eventually auction off the structures, with proceeds going to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Dog sitting atop dog house Photo via Inhabitat

Via: Inhabitat

Fit for a very spoiled pup

Whether it’s a human house that’s been designed around a dog’s needs or dog houses inspired by modern architecture, high design dog houses are a bona fide thing. The latest example is this “canine cottage” from Studio Schicketanz that’s a lesson in sustainability for dog and man alike.

Timber dog house with angled roofPhoto via Inhabitat

The architects designed the timber-clad dog house with some next-level eco-friendliness. The inside of the miniature house comes with a built-in floor drain and a solar-powered fan that keeps the pup cool on hot days. Outside, a carpeted ramp leads to a green roof where there’s a motion-activated water fountain that’s connected to an irrigation system, ensuring that no water is wasted.

Dog drinking from fountainPhoto via Inhabitat

The dog house itself its handsomely simple. Its angled shape is built from wide timber planks and has two small windows to let in natural light. On the side, there’s a hidden drawer to stash food, toys, and treats—as if a sustainable doggie palace didn’t spoil the pup enough.

This design is one of a few entries for the Carmel Canine Cottages Competition, which will eventually auction off the structures, with proceeds going to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Dog sitting atop dog house Photo via Inhabitat

Via: Inhabitat


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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.