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.

Midcentury modern stunner with sweet backyard wants $1.5M

Get ready for dinners on the patio

It can be hard to renovate a midcentury modern home (we’ve got tips, here!) especially because so many properties received less than stellar updates in the 1980s and 90s. But when done right, a renovated 1960s home showcases all the best qualities of midcentury architecture—like lots of light, a functional floorplan, and supreme indoor-outdoor living.

Take this three-bedroom, five-bath home originally constructed in 1960 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The current owners embarked on a year-long renovation to restore the battered home’s shine, using a general contractor with a specialty in midcentury modern homes.

They installed a massive ceiling beam from the garage into the office, opening up the main living areas. A sunken living room features wide windows and a modern fireplace, all with access to a kitchen that boasts walnut cabinets, quartz countertops, and geometric cut outs.

There’s cedar, walnut, and natural stone throughout, and the master bedroom looks out onto the yard. And while the interior doesn’t disappoint, a giant covered patio, heated pool, fire pit, and zen garden—all on 1.2 acres—make the backyard the clear winner.

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Get ready for dinners on the patio

It can be hard to renovate a midcentury modern home (we’ve got tips, here!) especially because so many properties received less than stellar updates in the 1980s and 90s. But when done right, a renovated 1960s home showcases all the best qualities of midcentury architecture—like lots of light, a functional floorplan, and supreme indoor-outdoor living.

Take this three-bedroom, five-bath home originally constructed in 1960 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The current owners embarked on a year-long renovation to restore the battered home’s shine, using a general contractor with a specialty in midcentury modern homes.

They installed a massive ceiling beam from the garage into the office, opening up the main living areas. A sunken living room features wide windows and a modern fireplace, all with access to a kitchen that boasts walnut cabinets, quartz countertops, and geometric cut outs.

There’s cedar, walnut, and natural stone throughout, and the master bedroom looks out onto the yard. And while the interior doesn’t disappoint, a giant covered patio, heated pool, fire pit, and zen garden—all on 1.2 acres—make the backyard the clear winner.

Look like your midcentury dream? 4642 Sharon View Road is on the market for $1,490,000, and the owners are open to selling the furnishings. Much of the home’s furniture is vintage; the owners collected pieces from around the country or bought items from midcentury furniture refinishers FOS Restoration Co in Huntersville, North Carolina.

The sunken living room boasts wide windows, a new fireplace, and sight lines to the kitchen.
The kitchen includes Hans Krug walnut cabinets, Meile, Blue Star appliances, and quartz countertops.
The master bedroom is bright and airy, with views onto the backyard.
The master bath boasts a giant walk-in shower behind the oversized tub.
A covered patio looks out onto the pool and lets you eat outside, no matter the weather.
Another view of the pool and fire pit.

Get ready for dinners on the patio

It can be hard to renovate a midcentury modern home (we’ve got tips, here!) especially because so many properties received less than stellar updates in the 1980s and 90s. But when done right, a renovated 1960s home showcases all the best qualities of midcentury architecture—like lots of light, a functional floorplan, and supreme indoor-outdoor living.

Take this three-bedroom, five-bath home originally constructed in 1960 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The current owners embarked on a year-long renovation to restore the battered home’s shine, using a general contractor with a specialty in midcentury modern homes.

They installed a massive ceiling beam from the garage into the office, opening up the main living areas. A sunken living room features wide windows and a modern fireplace, all with access to a kitchen that boasts walnut cabinets, quartz countertops, and geometric cut outs.

There’s cedar, walnut, and natural stone throughout, and the master bedroom looks out onto the yard. And while the interior doesn’t disappoint, a giant covered patio, heated pool, fire pit, and zen garden—all on 1.2 acres—make the backyard the clear winner.

Look like your midcentury dream? 4642 Sharon View Road is on the market for $1,490,000, and the owners are open to selling the furnishings. Much of the home’s furniture is vintage; the owners collected pieces from around the country or bought items from midcentury furniture refinishers FOS Restoration Co in Huntersville, North Carolina.

The sunken living room boasts wide windows, a new fireplace, and sight lines to the kitchen.
The kitchen includes Hans Krug walnut cabinets, Meile, Blue Star appliances, and quartz countertops.
The master bedroom is bright and airy, with views onto the backyard.
The master bath boasts a giant walk-in shower behind the oversized tub.
A covered patio looks out onto the pool and lets you eat outside, no matter the weather.
Another view of the pool and fire pit.

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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.