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 in Mexico lives the indoor-outdoor dream

Sleek, white, and just a little bit unexpected

Mexico has no shortage of beautiful modern homes, including this sleek residence in Merida by Garrido Lizarraga Arquitectos. The clean white house stretches lengthwise in a single-story rectangle that’s mostly open plan.

Backyard with sand pit and poolPhoto: Diego Ayuso

The only thing breaking up the layout is a cylindrical volume that cuts the 1,776-square-foot house in two, dividing up communal and private space, including the two bedrooms. The red stucco bathroom is wrapped around the cylinder’s curve, creating a little nook full of unexpected character amid all the white. The same stucco material can be found outdoors in a backyard wall, providing a sense continuity.

Bathroom with red wallsPhoto: Diego Ayuso

The core of the house is the living room, whose expansive window faces out onto the patio and pool. In the corner of the main living space is a built-in kitchen module that only partially disrupts the home’s open flow.

 Photo: Diego Ayuso

This being Mexico, the architects prioritized outdoor space with a large pool, sandy fire pit, sleek concrete deck, and a floating staircase that leads to a roof terrace.

Outdoor space with floating staircasePhoto: Diego Ayuso

Sleek, white, and just a little bit unexpected

Mexico has no shortage of beautiful modern homes, including this sleek residence in Merida by Garrido Lizarraga Arquitectos. The clean white house stretches lengthwise in a single-story rectangle that’s mostly open plan.

Backyard with sand pit and poolPhoto: Diego Ayuso

The only thing breaking up the layout is a cylindrical volume that cuts the 1,776-square-foot house in two, dividing up communal and private space, including the two bedrooms. The red stucco bathroom is wrapped around the cylinder’s curve, creating a little nook full of unexpected character amid all the white. The same stucco material can be found outdoors in a backyard wall, providing a sense continuity.

Bathroom with red wallsPhoto: Diego Ayuso

The core of the house is the living room, whose expansive window faces out onto the patio and pool. In the corner of the main living space is a built-in kitchen module that only partially disrupts the home’s open flow.

 Photo: Diego Ayuso

This being Mexico, the architects prioritized outdoor space with a large pool, sandy fire pit, sleek concrete deck, and a floating staircase that leads to a roof terrace.

Outdoor space with floating staircasePhoto: Diego Ayuso

Sleek, white, and just a little bit unexpected

Mexico has no shortage of beautiful modern homes, including this sleek residence in Merida by Garrido Lizarraga Arquitectos. The clean white house stretches lengthwise in a single-story rectangle that’s mostly open plan.

Backyard with sand pit and poolPhoto: Diego Ayuso

The only thing breaking up the layout is a cylindrical volume that cuts the 1,776-square-foot house in two, dividing up communal and private space, including the two bedrooms. The red stucco bathroom is wrapped around the cylinder’s curve, creating a little nook full of unexpected character amid all the white. The same stucco material can be found outdoors in a backyard wall, providing a sense continuity.

Bathroom with red wallsPhoto: Diego Ayuso

The core of the house is the living room, whose expansive window faces out onto the patio and pool. In the corner of the main living space is a built-in kitchen module that only partially disrupts the home’s open flow.

 Photo: Diego Ayuso

This being Mexico, the architects prioritized outdoor space with a large pool, sandy fire pit, sleek concrete deck, and a floating staircase that leads to a roof terrace.

Outdoor space with floating staircasePhoto: Diego Ayuso

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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.