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.

You can stay in this defunct air traffic control tower

It’s more luxurious than it sounds

During World War II, the HMS Owl Air Control Tower served as a home base for pilots landing their planes in the Scottish countryside. Today, it’s a fancy hotel.

Welcome to 2019.

After five years of renovations, the former air traffic control tower is now for rent, starting at $128 per night. Like you might expect, the restored building has a militaristic charm.

living room with leather couches and large stoveAirbnb via The Spaces

Neutral rugs lay atop the rough concrete floors; black paint covers the exposed brick walls; reclaimed furniture and oversized task lamps are scattered about; and bottles of fancy booze line the shelves of an old medicine cabinet.

Bed with plaid duvetAirbnb via The Spaces

It’s a perfect balance of modern and curated vintage that makes you feel like you were somehow transported into a very well-designed version of the past.

Reclaimed wood kitchen tableAirbnb via The Spaces

Though its vintage look is admittedly part artifice, the owners did keep the building’s most striking architectural feature: the large gridded windows that give a view of the vast, flat landscape.

Via: The Spaces


It’s more luxurious than it sounds

During World War II, the HMS Owl Air Control Tower served as a home base for pilots landing their planes in the Scottish countryside. Today, it’s a fancy hotel.

Welcome to 2019.

After five years of renovations, the former air traffic control tower is now for rent, starting at $128 per night. Like you might expect, the restored building has a militaristic charm.

living room with leather couches and large stoveAirbnb via The Spaces

Neutral rugs lay atop the rough concrete floors; black paint covers the exposed brick walls; reclaimed furniture and oversized task lamps are scattered about; and bottles of fancy booze line the shelves of an old medicine cabinet.

Bed with plaid duvetAirbnb via The Spaces

It’s a perfect balance of modern and curated vintage that makes you feel like you were somehow transported into a very well-designed version of the past.

Reclaimed wood kitchen tableAirbnb via The Spaces

Though its vintage look is admittedly part artifice, the owners did keep the building’s most striking architectural feature: the large gridded windows that give a view of the vast, flat landscape.

Via: The Spaces

It’s more luxurious than it sounds

During World War II, the HMS Owl Air Control Tower served as a home base for pilots landing their planes in the Scottish countryside. Today, it’s a fancy hotel.

Welcome to 2019.

After five years of renovations, the former air traffic control tower is now for rent, starting at $128 per night. Like you might expect, the restored building has a militaristic charm.

living room with leather couches and large stoveAirbnb via The Spaces

Neutral rugs lay atop the rough concrete floors; black paint covers the exposed brick walls; reclaimed furniture and oversized task lamps are scattered about; and bottles of fancy booze line the shelves of an old medicine cabinet.

Bed with plaid duvetAirbnb via The Spaces

It’s a perfect balance of modern and curated vintage that makes you feel like you were somehow transported into a very well-designed version of the past.

Reclaimed wood kitchen tableAirbnb via The Spaces

Though its vintage look is admittedly part artifice, the owners did keep the building’s most striking architectural feature: the large gridded windows that give a view of the vast, flat landscape.

Via: The Spaces


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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.