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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.

All the best Black Friday deals on furniture, bedding, and more

Interior Define’s <a class="ql-link" href="https://www.curbed.com/2018/6/12/17450298/custom-furniture-online-dining-interior-define" target="_blank">new customizable dining set</a> is included in the brand’s Black Friday promotions.

Holiday shopping season is here

Thanksgiving is almost here and Black Friday promotions are already well underway. As in past years, Curbed will be tracking the best sales and deals on furniture, decor, bedding, home tech, and more. This time around, they’ll be broken down by category for your shopping convenience.

This post will be updated throughout in the coming week as more deals are announced, so be sure to check back. Looking for smart home tech deals? Head right this way.


Furniture and decor

AHAlife: Take 20 percent off sitewide with code KARMA—$5 from every purchase will be donated to the California Fire Foundation to benefit victims of wildfire in California.

AllModern: Get 70 percent off select items (plus free shipping) from 11/17 through 11/21 at the pre-sale and take an extra 20 percent off select items with code ACTNOW from 11/22 4 pm ET through 11/26. Look out for 6-hour flash sales from 11/22 through 11/27.

Armadillo & Co: Take 20 percent off all rugs (handmade in India and designed in Australia) from 11/20 through 11/24.

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Interior Define’s <a class="ql-link" href="https://www.curbed.com/2018/6/12/17450298/custom-furniture-online-dining-interior-define" target="_blank">new customizable dining set</a> is included in the brand’s Black Friday promotions.

Holiday shopping season is here

Thanksgiving is almost here and Black Friday promotions are already well underway. As in past years, Curbed will be tracking the best sales and deals on furniture, decor, bedding, home tech, and more. This time around, they’ll be broken down by category for your shopping convenience.

This post will be updated throughout in the coming week as more deals are announced, so be sure to check back. Looking for smart home tech deals? Head right this way.


Furniture and decor

AHAlife: Take 20 percent off sitewide with code KARMA—$5 from every purchase will be donated to the California Fire Foundation to benefit victims of wildfire in California.

AllModern: Get 70 percent off select items (plus free shipping) from 11/17 through 11/21 at the pre-sale and take an extra 20 percent off select items with code ACTNOW from 11/22 4 pm ET through 11/26. Look out for 6-hour flash sales from 11/22 through 11/27.

Armadillo & Co: Take 20 percent off all rugs (handmade in India and designed in Australia) from 11/20 through 11/24.

Article: The furniture retailer is hosting its biggest Black Friday Sale ever with discounts of up to 60 percent off over 300 items from 11/19 through 12/2.

Birch Lane: Take 20 percent off select items, plus free shipping with code TREAT from 11/21 4:00 pm ET through 11/25. Look out for 6-hour flash sales from 11/22 through 11/27.

Campaign: Take $100 off seating with code BLACKOUT from 11/19 at 10 am ET through 11/26 running through 11/27 at 3:00 am ET.

Clare: The new paint startup is offering 10 percent off paint and supplies from 11/23 through 11/26 with code THANKS10.

Coral & Tusk: Take 20 percent off sitewide and free domestic ground shipping from 11/23 through 11/26.

Dormify: Take 25 percent off 11/21 to 11/25 with code BLACKFRIDAY2018.

Etsy: Take up to 60 percent off decor, accessories, gifts, and more.

Houzz: Save up to 75 percent off all categories during the preview sale and up to 80 percent off starting 11/22.

Ikea: Take $25 off $100 purchase or more from 11/22 to 11/26 (online only on 11/22) with code bzkhwP5H. Ikea Family members can look out for deals like up to 25 percent off Poäng chairs, Grusblad and Rödtoppa comforters, and up to 20 percent off Kivik and Bestå (through 12/2) series.

Industry West: Take 25 percent off sitewide with code BLACKFRIDAY.

Interior Define: Get 10 percent off 1 item, 15 percent off 2 items, or 20 percent off 3 items across I/D’s range of customizable sofa, chaise, accent chair, bed frame, and recently launched dining set. Runs from 11/22 7:00 pm ET through 11/26 11:59 pm.

Joss & Main: Take 25 percent off select items with code EXTRA25 from 11/22 through 11/26.

Lamps Plus: Shop sales of up to 70% percent beginning 11/19.

Lulu & Georgia: Take 25 percent off sitewide with code BESTEVER from 11/19 to 11/25.

Maison Numen: Take 30 percent off select handcrafted home decor from around the world through 11/30.

Modsy: Take 30 percent of all interior design packages with code HOLIDAY30 from 11/23 to 11/26.

Society6: Get 30 percent off sidewide (excluding holiday limited edition products) plus free shipping with code BFSAVE from 11/22 through 11/24.

Tempaper: Shop a variety of removable wallpaper collections at 40 percent off from 11/23 through 11/27.

Mattress and bedding

Bear Mattress: Save $125 off any purchase $500 and over, or $225 off any purchase $1,200 and over. Each order that includes a mattress will receive two free Cloud Pillows. Runs from 11/15 through 11/27.

Brooklinen: Take 10 percent off $250, 15 percent off $350, and 20 percent off $450 across the brand’s selection of comforters, sheets, pillows, and more from 11/23 through 11/26.

Brooklyn Bedding: Get 40 percent off all sheets and pillows and 25 percent off mattresses from 11/21 through 11/25.

Casper: Get 10 percent off any order with a mattress in stores and online through 11/26.

Crane & Canopy: Take 20 percent off sitewide with code CHEER from 11/23 through 11/26.

Eight: Take $100 off your smart mattress purchase and get a free Amazon Echo Dot from 11/22 through 11/26.

Kassatex: Take 30 percent off all orders $200+ with code HOLIDAY30 through 11/21.

Nectar Sleep: Save $125 on a Nectar mattress plus two free Nectar pillows. Save $200 on Nectar’s hybrid mattress, DreamCloud Sleep.

Nest Bedding: Take $150-$200 off select mattresses, a free sheet set, and buy one pillow, get one 25 percent off for select pillows through 11/25.

Parachute: Take 20 percent off everything with code SALE18 from 11/23 through 11/26.

Purple Mattress: Take up to $100 off the Original Purple Mattress and get a free Purple Blanket through 11/26.

Rebecca Atwood: Take 20 percent off sitewide on orders over $100 (wallpaper excluded); newsletter subscribers get 30 percent off $100.

Riley Home: This purveyor of “affordable luxury” in bedding and bath is offering 30 percent off $200+ with code HOLIDAY30 from 11/19 through 11/26.

Serta: Save up to $400 on iComfort mattresses and up to $500 on select adjustable foundations through 11/27.

Snowe: Get 20 percent off all orders $75+ from 11/21 through 11/26. May we recommend Curbed staffers’ favorite percale sheet set? Besides bedding, the home essentials brand also offers for elevated basics for dining and bathing.

tulo: Get up to 30 percent the Comfort Series (e.g. a Queen mattress for $499) from 11/22 through 11/28.

Kitchen

Canvas Home: Get up to 25 percent off site wide from 11/23 through 11/26.

Food52: Take 20 percent off $100 with code EXTRAHELPING from 11/21 through 11/25.

William Sonoma: Shop discounts across popular brands, including up to 40 percent off KitchenAid, up to 50 percent off Nespresso, $150 off Vitamix blenders, and 75 percent off a 4-quart Staub Dutch Oven.

Art

Absolut Art: Get 20 percent off on all art with code BLACKFRIDAY from 11/22 12:00 am ET to 11/26 11:59 PM ET

Art.com: Take 50 percent off sitewide on 11/23 and 50 percent off on framed and canvas art from 11/24 through 11/25.

Gray Malin: Take 30 percent all photography through 11/27.

Saatchi Art: Get 15 percent off original art of $1500+ with code JOYFUL15 and 10 percent off originals of $500+ with code JOYFUL10. Save on limited edition art prints too, use code JOLLY20 to take 20 percent off $150+ through 11/24.

Interior Define’s <a class="ql-link" href="https://www.curbed.com/2018/6/12/17450298/custom-furniture-online-dining-interior-define" target="_blank">new customizable dining set</a> is included in the brand’s Black Friday promotions.

Holiday shopping season is here

Thanksgiving is almost here and Black Friday promotions are already well underway. As in past years, Curbed will be tracking the best sales and deals on furniture, decor, bedding, home tech, and more. This time around, they’ll be broken down by category for your shopping convenience.

This post will be updated throughout in the coming week as more deals are announced, so be sure to check back. Looking for smart home tech deals? Head right this way.


Furniture and decor

AHAlife: Take 20 percent off sitewide with code KARMA—$5 from every purchase will be donated to the California Fire Foundation to benefit victims of wildfire in California.

AllModern: Get 70 percent off select items (plus free shipping) from 11/17 through 11/21 at the pre-sale and take an extra 20 percent off select items with code ACTNOW from 11/22 4 pm ET through 11/26. Look out for 6-hour flash sales from 11/22 through 11/27.

Armadillo & Co: Take 20 percent off all rugs (handmade in India and designed in Australia) from 11/20 through 11/24.

Article: The furniture retailer is hosting its biggest Black Friday Sale ever with discounts of up to 60 percent off over 300 items from 11/19 through 12/2.

Birch Lane: Take 20 percent off select items, plus free shipping with code TREAT from 11/21 4:00 pm ET through 11/25. Look out for 6-hour flash sales from 11/22 through 11/27.

Campaign: Take $100 off seating with code BLACKOUT from 11/19 at 10 am ET through 11/26 running through 11/27 at 3:00 am ET.

Clare: The new paint startup is offering 10 percent off paint and supplies from 11/23 through 11/26 with code THANKS10.

Coral & Tusk: Take 20 percent off sitewide and free domestic ground shipping from 11/23 through 11/26.

Dormify: Take 25 percent off 11/21 to 11/25 with code BLACKFRIDAY2018.

Etsy: Take up to 60 percent off decor, accessories, gifts, and more.

Houzz: Save up to 75 percent off all categories during the preview sale and up to 80 percent off starting 11/22.

Ikea: Take $25 off $100 purchase or more from 11/22 to 11/26 (online only on 11/22) with code bzkhwP5H. Ikea Family members can look out for deals like up to 25 percent off Poäng chairs, Grusblad and Rödtoppa comforters, and up to 20 percent off Kivik and Bestå (through 12/2) series.

Industry West: Take 25 percent off sitewide with code BLACKFRIDAY.

Interior Define: Get 10 percent off 1 item, 15 percent off 2 items, or 20 percent off 3 items across I/D’s range of customizable sofa, chaise, accent chair, bed frame, and recently launched dining set. Runs from 11/22 7:00 pm ET through 11/26 11:59 pm.

Joss & Main: Take 25 percent off select items with code EXTRA25 from 11/22 through 11/26.

Lamps Plus: Shop sales of up to 70% percent beginning 11/19.

Lulu & Georgia: Take 25 percent off sitewide with code BESTEVER from 11/19 to 11/25.

Maison Numen: Take 30 percent off select handcrafted home decor from around the world through 11/30.

Modsy: Take 30 percent of all interior design packages with code HOLIDAY30 from 11/23 to 11/26.

Society6: Get 30 percent off sidewide (excluding holiday limited edition products) plus free shipping with code BFSAVE from 11/22 through 11/24.

Tempaper: Shop a variety of removable wallpaper collections at 40 percent off from 11/23 through 11/27.

Mattress and bedding

Bear Mattress: Save $125 off any purchase $500 and over, or $225 off any purchase $1,200 and over. Each order that includes a mattress will receive two free Cloud Pillows. Runs from 11/15 through 11/27.

Brooklinen: Take 10 percent off $250, 15 percent off $350, and 20 percent off $450 across the brand’s selection of comforters, sheets, pillows, and more from 11/23 through 11/26.

Brooklyn Bedding: Get 40 percent off all sheets and pillows and 25 percent off mattresses from 11/21 through 11/25.

Casper: Get 10 percent off any order with a mattress in stores and online through 11/26.

Crane & Canopy: Take 20 percent off sitewide with code CHEER from 11/23 through 11/26.

Eight: Take $100 off your smart mattress purchase and get a free Amazon Echo Dot from 11/22 through 11/26.

Kassatex: Take 30 percent off all orders $200+ with code HOLIDAY30 through 11/21.

Nectar Sleep: Save $125 on a Nectar mattress plus two free Nectar pillows. Save $200 on Nectar’s hybrid mattress, DreamCloud Sleep.

Nest Bedding: Take $150-$200 off select mattresses, a free sheet set, and buy one pillow, get one 25 percent off for select pillows through 11/25.

Parachute: Take 20 percent off everything with code SALE18 from 11/23 through 11/26.

Purple Mattress: Take up to $100 off the Original Purple Mattress and get a free Purple Blanket through 11/26.

Rebecca Atwood: Take 20 percent off sitewide on orders over $100 (wallpaper excluded); newsletter subscribers get 30 percent off $100.

Riley Home: This purveyor of “affordable luxury” in bedding and bath is offering 30 percent off $200+ with code HOLIDAY30 from 11/19 through 11/26.

Serta: Save up to $400 on iComfort mattresses and up to $500 on select adjustable foundations through 11/27.

Snowe: Get 20 percent off all orders $75+ from 11/21 through 11/26. May we recommend Curbed staffers’ favorite percale sheet set? Besides bedding, the home essentials brand also offers for elevated basics for dining and bathing.

tulo: Get up to 30 percent the Comfort Series (e.g. a Queen mattress for $499) from 11/22 through 11/28.

Kitchen

Canvas Home: Get up to 25 percent off site wide from 11/23 through 11/26.

Food52: Take 20 percent off $100 with code EXTRAHELPING from 11/21 through 11/25.

William Sonoma: Shop discounts across popular brands, including up to 40 percent off KitchenAid, up to 50 percent off Nespresso, $150 off Vitamix blenders, and 75 percent off a 4-quart Staub Dutch Oven.

Art

Absolut Art: Get 20 percent off on all art with code BLACKFRIDAY from 11/22 12:00 am ET to 11/26 11:59 PM ET

Art.com: Take 50 percent off sitewide on 11/23 and 50 percent off on framed and canvas art from 11/24 through 11/25.

Gray Malin: Take 30 percent all photography through 11/27.

Saatchi Art: Get 15 percent off original art of $1500+ with code JOYFUL15 and 10 percent off originals of $500+ with code JOYFUL10. Save on limited edition art prints too, use code JOLLY20 to take 20 percent off $150+ through 11/24.


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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.