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.

Modern prefab cabin is now available to order

Monocabin is made from modular concrete panels.

Monocabin just got a U.S. distributor

Greece may conjure visions of rambling beachfront villas awash in white, so this little “monocabin” in Rhodes, the largest of the Dodecanese islands, certainly feels like a departure. Still, it’s got that signature Hellenic whitewash and sleek lines associated with Greek island architecture—but best of all, it’s a “plug-and-play” prefab design now available to order.

Design-minded accommodation company BoutiqueHomes recently became the official distributor of the monocabin in the U.S. and Europe. Designed by Milan-based product design studio Mandalaki, the dwelling measures about 280 square feet, and is easy to assemble, thanks to the modular concrete panels that make up its walls. Everything inside is also designed specifically for the space, with custom furniture fitted just-so within the two-room interiors. The pieces include a built-in bed, kitchen cabinetry and console, and storage.

Numerous windows—clerestory, full-height, and otherwise—characterize the structure, flooding the home with natural light, a must in the sunny Mediterranean climate, while pale concrete floors and ceiling, plus the strategic placement of surrounding...


Monocabin is made from modular concrete panels.

Monocabin just got a U.S. distributor

Greece may conjure visions of rambling beachfront villas awash in white, so this little “monocabin” in Rhodes, the largest of the Dodecanese islands, certainly feels like a departure. Still, it’s got that signature Hellenic whitewash and sleek lines associated with Greek island architecture—but best of all, it’s a “plug-and-play” prefab design now available to order.

Design-minded accommodation company BoutiqueHomes recently became the official distributor of the monocabin in the U.S. and Europe. Designed by Milan-based product design studio Mandalaki, the dwelling measures about 280 square feet, and is easy to assemble, thanks to the modular concrete panels that make up its walls. Everything inside is also designed specifically for the space, with custom furniture fitted just-so within the two-room interiors. The pieces include a built-in bed, kitchen cabinetry and console, and storage.

Numerous windows—clerestory, full-height, and otherwise—characterize the structure, flooding the home with natural light, a must in the sunny Mediterranean climate, while pale concrete floors and ceiling, plus the strategic placement of surrounding trees, cool the space. Monocabin even comes with a patio and outdoor shower to facilitate open-air living. The site also includes Earth Brick solar lamps and a couple of other products by Mandalaki.

 Mandalaki

“The dream was to build a livable and modular design object we could place anywhere in the world sharing our design philosophy,” said Mandalaki on its website.

Priced at $56,094 (plus up to $6,500 for shipping to the U.S.), the monocabin delivers in five months and installs within seven days.

 Mandalaki
 Mandalaki
 Mandalaki
 Mandalaki
 Mandalaki
 Mandalaki

Monocabin is made from modular concrete panels.

Monocabin just got a U.S. distributor

Greece may conjure visions of rambling beachfront villas awash in white, so this little “monocabin” in Rhodes, the largest of the Dodecanese islands, certainly feels like a departure. Still, it’s got that signature Hellenic whitewash and sleek lines associated with Greek island architecture—but best of all, it’s a “plug-and-play” prefab design now available to order.

Design-minded accommodation company BoutiqueHomes recently became the official distributor of the monocabin in the U.S. and Europe. Designed by Milan-based product design studio Mandalaki, the dwelling measures about 280 square feet, and is easy to assemble, thanks to the modular concrete panels that make up its walls. Everything inside is also designed specifically for the space, with custom furniture fitted just-so within the two-room interiors. The pieces include a built-in bed, kitchen cabinetry and console, and storage.

Numerous windows—clerestory, full-height, and otherwise—characterize the structure, flooding the home with natural light, a must in the sunny Mediterranean climate, while pale concrete floors and ceiling, plus the strategic placement of surrounding trees, cool the space. Monocabin even comes with a patio and outdoor shower to facilitate open-air living. The site also includes Earth Brick solar lamps and a couple of other products by Mandalaki.

 Mandalaki

“The dream was to build a livable and modular design object we could place anywhere in the world sharing our design philosophy,” said Mandalaki on its website.

Priced at $56,094 (plus up to $6,500 for shipping to the U.S.), the monocabin delivers in five months and installs within seven days.

 Mandalaki
 Mandalaki
 Mandalaki
 Mandalaki
 Mandalaki
 Mandalaki


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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.