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.

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Best budget-friendly furniture and decor to buy now

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Your home should ideally put you at ease—and the right furniture and decor can help. The only problem? Finding joy-sparking pieces that are also durable and wallet-friendly is easier said than done.

That’s why we’ve put together the following shoppable roundups across popular home goods categories—from sofas and ottomans to rugs and accent chairs—all at relatively affordable price points. Click through to each category for all of our picks and for even more ideas, make sure to check out our spring Home Shopping Guide.

Sofas under $1,500

Madeline Sleeper Sofa, $749, Urban Outfitters.

Dining tables under $1000

Fuze Grey Dining Table, $999, CB2.

Small dining tables under $500

Box Frame Drop Leaf Expandable Table. $499, West Elm.

Consoles under $400

Peekaboo Acrylic Media Console, $399, CB2.

Coffee tables under $300

Stockholm Nesting Tables, $279, Ikea.

Ottomans under $200

Beryl Green Marcelle Tufted Ottoman, $99, World Market.

Beds under $1,000

Belham Living Harper King Bed, $279.99, Hayneedle.

Accent chairs under $600

Langley Street Barrel Chair, $133.99, Wayfair.

Rugs under $500

8’ x 10’ Stone & Beam...

In the market for something new at home? Check these out

Your home should ideally put you at ease—and the right furniture and decor can help. The only problem? Finding joy-sparking pieces that are also durable and wallet-friendly is easier said than done.

That’s why we’ve put together the following shoppable roundups across popular home goods categories—from sofas and ottomans to rugs and accent chairs—all at relatively affordable price points. Click through to each category for all of our picks and for even more ideas, make sure to check out our spring Home Shopping Guide.

Sofas under $1,500

Madeline Sleeper Sofa, $749, Urban Outfitters.

Dining tables under $1000

Fuze Grey Dining Table, $999, CB2.

Small dining tables under $500

Box Frame Drop Leaf Expandable Table. $499, West Elm.

Consoles under $400

Peekaboo Acrylic Media Console, $399, CB2.

Coffee tables under $300

Stockholm Nesting Tables, $279, Ikea.

Ottomans under $200

Beryl Green Marcelle Tufted Ottoman, $99, World Market.

Beds under $1,000

Belham Living Harper King Bed, $279.99, Hayneedle.

Accent chairs under $600

Langley Street Barrel Chair, $133.99, Wayfair.

Rugs under $500

8’ x 10’ Stone & Beam Traditional Opulence Rug, $279, Amazon.

Side tables under $250

Calo Side Table, $198, Anthropologie.

Lamps under $150

Globe Table Lamp, $129, West Elm.

Mirrors under $100

Vinkel Mirror by Nicole Losos and Nikolaus Kayser, $79, Hem.

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In the market for something new at home? Check these out

Your home should ideally put you at ease—and the right furniture and decor can help. The only problem? Finding joy-sparking pieces that are also durable and wallet-friendly is easier said than done.

That’s why we’ve put together the following shoppable roundups across popular home goods categories—from sofas and ottomans to rugs and accent chairs—all at relatively affordable price points. Click through to each category for all of our picks and for even more ideas, make sure to check out our spring Home Shopping Guide.

Sofas under $1,500

Madeline Sleeper Sofa, $749, Urban Outfitters.

Dining tables under $1000

Fuze Grey Dining Table, $999, CB2.

Small dining tables under $500

Box Frame Drop Leaf Expandable Table. $499, West Elm.

Consoles under $400

Peekaboo Acrylic Media Console, $399, CB2.

Coffee tables under $300

Stockholm Nesting Tables, $279, Ikea.

Ottomans under $200

Beryl Green Marcelle Tufted Ottoman, $99, World Market.

Beds under $1,000

Belham Living Harper King Bed, $279.99, Hayneedle.

Accent chairs under $600

Langley Street Barrel Chair, $133.99, Wayfair.

Rugs under $500

8’ x 10’ Stone & Beam Traditional Opulence Rug, $279, Amazon.

Side tables under $250

Calo Side Table, $198, Anthropologie.

Lamps under $150

Globe Table Lamp, $129, West Elm.

Mirrors under $100

Vinkel Mirror by Nicole Losos and Nikolaus Kayser, $79, Hem.

Vox Media has affiliate partnerships. These do not influence editorial content, though Vox Media may earn commissions for products purchased via affiliate links. For more information, see our ethics policy.


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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.