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.

Minimalist prefab home blends into forest with dark exterior and green roof

A modern hideaway

MAPA, the Brazilian and Uruguayan architecture firm known for its prefab modular homes, is up to its old tricks. Which is to say, the team designed yet another stylish MiniMod house and tucked it deep into the wilderness.

The Curucaca MiniMod sits surrounded by trees in the Curucaca forest in southern Brazil. The compact house was built on short stilts to help it balance on the sloping plot of land. Its rectilinear shape has two large windows that create a sightline from one side of the house to the other.

Living room with timber walls and large windowPhoto: Leonardo Finotti
Minimalist bedroomPhoto: Leonardo Finotti

MAPA constructed the house from cross-laminated timber. Inside, the knotty timber walls give the otherwise sparse design a warm, rustic vibe. According to the designers, the home is intentionally minimalist.

“It presents itself as a primitive retreat with a contemporary reinterpretation, which more than an object aims to become an every-remote-landscape experience,” MAPA told Dezeen.

Living room with stovePhoto: Leonardo Finotti

Outside, the home’s facade is finished with dark stain to help it blend into the surrounding forest. To aid the cause even more, MAPA designed the house with a green roof, which when viewed...


A modern hideaway

MAPA, the Brazilian and Uruguayan architecture firm known for its prefab modular homes, is up to its old tricks. Which is to say, the team designed yet another stylish MiniMod house and tucked it deep into the wilderness.

The Curucaca MiniMod sits surrounded by trees in the Curucaca forest in southern Brazil. The compact house was built on short stilts to help it balance on the sloping plot of land. Its rectilinear shape has two large windows that create a sightline from one side of the house to the other.

Living room with timber walls and large windowPhoto: Leonardo Finotti
Minimalist bedroomPhoto: Leonardo Finotti

MAPA constructed the house from cross-laminated timber. Inside, the knotty timber walls give the otherwise sparse design a warm, rustic vibe. According to the designers, the home is intentionally minimalist.

“It presents itself as a primitive retreat with a contemporary reinterpretation, which more than an object aims to become an every-remote-landscape experience,” MAPA told Dezeen.

Living room with stovePhoto: Leonardo Finotti

Outside, the home’s facade is finished with dark stain to help it blend into the surrounding forest. To aid the cause even more, MAPA designed the house with a green roof, which when viewed from above looks like a grassy clearing in the forest.

Aerial shot of house in woodsPhoto: Leonardo Finotti

A modern hideaway

MAPA, the Brazilian and Uruguayan architecture firm known for its prefab modular homes, is up to its old tricks. Which is to say, the team designed yet another stylish MiniMod house and tucked it deep into the wilderness.

The Curucaca MiniMod sits surrounded by trees in the Curucaca forest in southern Brazil. The compact house was built on short stilts to help it balance on the sloping plot of land. Its rectilinear shape has two large windows that create a sightline from one side of the house to the other.

Living room with timber walls and large windowPhoto: Leonardo Finotti
Minimalist bedroomPhoto: Leonardo Finotti

MAPA constructed the house from cross-laminated timber. Inside, the knotty timber walls give the otherwise sparse design a warm, rustic vibe. According to the designers, the home is intentionally minimalist.

“It presents itself as a primitive retreat with a contemporary reinterpretation, which more than an object aims to become an every-remote-landscape experience,” MAPA told Dezeen.

Living room with stovePhoto: Leonardo Finotti

Outside, the home’s facade is finished with dark stain to help it blend into the surrounding forest. To aid the cause even more, MAPA designed the house with a green roof, which when viewed from above looks like a grassy clearing in the forest.

Aerial shot of house in woodsPhoto: Leonardo Finotti

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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.