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.

Stylish desert home with adobe charm wants $948K

We love the viga ceilings and multiple kiva fireplaces

While Curbed will always love a good midcentury modern house or picturesque Victorian, there’s also plenty to appreciate about desert architecture. Take this four-bedroom, four-bath house in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Sitting on two-and-a-half acres just ten minutes from downtown, the 3,386-square-foot house is part of a small enclave of eight homes with impressive views of the Sangre de Cristo mountains.

The Santa Fe-style house features a spacious entry courtyard and a thick adobe and frame construction that gives it much more charm than its 1989 origins. Inside, abundant light provides an airiness sometimes not found in adobe design, and the house boasts viga ceilings, or rough-hewn roof timber and rafters.

An updated kitchen provides modern conveniences, and a new large covered patio makes indoor-outdoor entertaining easy. Multiple kiva fireplaces add coziness, and the over-sized master suite allows for plenty of space. Another perk includes the extensive solar polar system that keeps electric bills to under $10.

Love what you see? 8 Tano Vida is on the market now for $948,000.

We love the blue accents in the...

We love the viga ceilings and multiple kiva fireplaces

While Curbed will always love a good midcentury modern house or picturesque Victorian, there’s also plenty to appreciate about desert architecture. Take this four-bedroom, four-bath house in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Sitting on two-and-a-half acres just ten minutes from downtown, the 3,386-square-foot house is part of a small enclave of eight homes with impressive views of the Sangre de Cristo mountains.

The Santa Fe-style house features a spacious entry courtyard and a thick adobe and frame construction that gives it much more charm than its 1989 origins. Inside, abundant light provides an airiness sometimes not found in adobe design, and the house boasts viga ceilings, or rough-hewn roof timber and rafters.

An updated kitchen provides modern conveniences, and a new large covered patio makes indoor-outdoor entertaining easy. Multiple kiva fireplaces add coziness, and the over-sized master suite allows for plenty of space. Another perk includes the extensive solar polar system that keeps electric bills to under $10.

Love what you see? 8 Tano Vida is on the market now for $948,000.

We love the blue accents in the welcoming courtyard.
Inside, the house boasts viga ceilings.
Spanish-style tiles help keep the home cool.
Multiple kiva fireplaces—even in the bedrooms—add coziness.
A teal-accented bathroom.
A new covered patio makes indoor-outdoor easy.

We love the viga ceilings and multiple kiva fireplaces

While Curbed will always love a good midcentury modern house or picturesque Victorian, there’s also plenty to appreciate about desert architecture. Take this four-bedroom, four-bath house in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Sitting on two-and-a-half acres just ten minutes from downtown, the 3,386-square-foot house is part of a small enclave of eight homes with impressive views of the Sangre de Cristo mountains.

The Santa Fe-style house features a spacious entry courtyard and a thick adobe and frame construction that gives it much more charm than its 1989 origins. Inside, abundant light provides an airiness sometimes not found in adobe design, and the house boasts viga ceilings, or rough-hewn roof timber and rafters.

An updated kitchen provides modern conveniences, and a new large covered patio makes indoor-outdoor entertaining easy. Multiple kiva fireplaces add coziness, and the over-sized master suite allows for plenty of space. Another perk includes the extensive solar polar system that keeps electric bills to under $10.

Love what you see? 8 Tano Vida is on the market now for $948,000.

We love the blue accents in the welcoming courtyard.
Inside, the house boasts viga ceilings.
Spanish-style tiles help keep the home cool.
Multiple kiva fireplaces—even in the bedrooms—add coziness.
A teal-accented bathroom.
A new covered patio makes indoor-outdoor easy.

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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.