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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16 January 2019

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Midcentury modern with Roman-inspired atrium asks $809K

The sunken spa is a unique feature

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: Sacramento, California

Price: $809,000

One of the most enduring qualities of midcentury design is how often the interiors can surprise. From the street, many midcentury homes appear long and even at times boring; on the inside, however, light-filled rooms and post-and-beam ceilings make you look twice.

Take this four-bedroom, three-bath in Sacramento, California—a home highlighted in the Sacramento Bee in 1974. The exterior looks inviting, but inside the 3,298 square foot structure is where this home really shines. The focal point is a circular “Roman” atrium that functions as a central cathedral-ceiling courtyard with cement floors. Instead of a traditional Roman pool to catch rain water, the original owners installed a sunken hot tub and the main living room, dining room, and kitchen all surround it.

The atrium’s large windows at either end flood the interior with light and the bedrooms all have sliding glass doors that provide access to the...


The sunken spa is a unique feature

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: Sacramento, California

Price: $809,000

One of the most enduring qualities of midcentury design is how often the interiors can surprise. From the street, many midcentury homes appear long and even at times boring; on the inside, however, light-filled rooms and post-and-beam ceilings make you look twice.

Take this four-bedroom, three-bath in Sacramento, California—a home highlighted in the Sacramento Bee in 1974. The exterior looks inviting, but inside the 3,298 square foot structure is where this home really shines. The focal point is a circular “Roman” atrium that functions as a central cathedral-ceiling courtyard with cement floors. Instead of a traditional Roman pool to catch rain water, the original owners installed a sunken hot tub and the main living room, dining room, and kitchen all surround it.

The atrium’s large windows at either end flood the interior with light and the bedrooms all have sliding glass doors that provide access to the surrounding deck and garden. The home also boasts a koi pond, outdoor shower, mature redwood grove, and zoned high-efficiency heating and air.

Take a look at the photos below and act quick, 3913 Winslow Court is on the market now for $809,000.

The sunken spa is a unique feature

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: Sacramento, California

Price: $809,000

One of the most enduring qualities of midcentury design is how often the interiors can surprise. From the street, many midcentury homes appear long and even at times boring; on the inside, however, light-filled rooms and post-and-beam ceilings make you look twice.

Take this four-bedroom, three-bath in Sacramento, California—a home highlighted in the Sacramento Bee in 1974. The exterior looks inviting, but inside the 3,298 square foot structure is where this home really shines. The focal point is a circular “Roman” atrium that functions as a central cathedral-ceiling courtyard with cement floors. Instead of a traditional Roman pool to catch rain water, the original owners installed a sunken hot tub and the main living room, dining room, and kitchen all surround it.

The atrium’s large windows at either end flood the interior with light and the bedrooms all have sliding glass doors that provide access to the surrounding deck and garden. The home also boasts a koi pond, outdoor shower, mature redwood grove, and zoned high-efficiency heating and air.

Take a look at the photos below and act quick, 3913 Winslow Court is on the market now for $809,000.


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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.