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 home was built to respect its hilly surroundings

Terra e Tuma designed the house to blend with the subtly sloping landscape

This house near São Paulo, Brazil, is quite literally part of its surroundings. Designed for a young couple who wanted space outside the city, Casa João de Barro is nestled into a hillside and was built without moving soil.

Instead, the modern house naturally blends with the subtly sloping landscape with part of its glassy facade edging into the earth. The flat roof provides the foundation for a thriving garden.

Glass facadePhoto: Pedro Kok via Designboom

Studio Terra e Tuma designed the house to wrap around the plot of land in a glass-encased U shape. In the center, there’s a courtyard with a pool that can be reached through patio doors or by walking down a slanted walkway.

 Photo: Pedro Kok via Designboom
Woman standing in front of windowPhoto: Pedro Kok via Designboom

The house is full of clean lines that serve as a perfect foil to the hilly surroundings. With the courtyard as its centerpiece, the home feels part modern ranch, part sunken garden, which as you can imagine, is an enviable combination.

Via: Designboom


Terra e Tuma designed the house to blend with the subtly sloping landscape

This house near São Paulo, Brazil, is quite literally part of its surroundings. Designed for a young couple who wanted space outside the city, Casa João de Barro is nestled into a hillside and was built without moving soil.

Instead, the modern house naturally blends with the subtly sloping landscape with part of its glassy facade edging into the earth. The flat roof provides the foundation for a thriving garden.

Glass facadePhoto: Pedro Kok via Designboom

Studio Terra e Tuma designed the house to wrap around the plot of land in a glass-encased U shape. In the center, there’s a courtyard with a pool that can be reached through patio doors or by walking down a slanted walkway.

 Photo: Pedro Kok via Designboom
Woman standing in front of windowPhoto: Pedro Kok via Designboom

The house is full of clean lines that serve as a perfect foil to the hilly surroundings. With the courtyard as its centerpiece, the home feels part modern ranch, part sunken garden, which as you can imagine, is an enviable combination.

Via: Designboom

Terra e Tuma designed the house to blend with the subtly sloping landscape

This house near São Paulo, Brazil, is quite literally part of its surroundings. Designed for a young couple who wanted space outside the city, Casa João de Barro is nestled into a hillside and was built without moving soil.

Instead, the modern house naturally blends with the subtly sloping landscape with part of its glassy facade edging into the earth. The flat roof provides the foundation for a thriving garden.

Glass facadePhoto: Pedro Kok via Designboom

Studio Terra e Tuma designed the house to wrap around the plot of land in a glass-encased U shape. In the center, there’s a courtyard with a pool that can be reached through patio doors or by walking down a slanted walkway.

 Photo: Pedro Kok via Designboom
Woman standing in front of windowPhoto: Pedro Kok via Designboom

The house is full of clean lines that serve as a perfect foil to the hilly surroundings. With the courtyard as its centerpiece, the home feels part modern ranch, part sunken garden, which as you can imagine, is an enviable combination.

Via: Designboom


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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.