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.

Gorgeous timber home stretches vertically into the forest

A modern take on the tree house

Casa Flotante (“floating house”) is exactly as advertised: a gorgeous, timber home that appears to float in the surrounding forest. Mexican architecture firm Talleresque designed the sophisticated take on a treehouse in a lush Mexico City neighborhood.

The house stretches vertically into the tree canopy, like a giant, illuminated tree trunk. The frame sits on nine stilts, creating 936 square feet of living space. A floating timber staircase wraps around the outside of the house and is the main passageway for getting from level to level.

Living room doors opening onto deckPhoto: Studio Chirika via Designboom
Living room with drum set and deskPhoto: Studio Chirika via Designboom

On the ground floor, the multi-purpose living room opens out onto an expansive deck. Indoors, there’s a kitchenette, desk, and plenty of room for a drum kit. The bedroom is on the third floor, where a row of skylights offers a peek of the flora.

Wooden staircase wrapping around housePhoto: Studio Chirika via Designboom

All of the levels have large windows and platforms that open out onto the forest, making the house feel like it’s one with the trees.


A modern take on the tree house

Casa Flotante (“floating house”) is exactly as advertised: a gorgeous, timber home that appears to float in the surrounding forest. Mexican architecture firm Talleresque designed the sophisticated take on a treehouse in a lush Mexico City neighborhood.

The house stretches vertically into the tree canopy, like a giant, illuminated tree trunk. The frame sits on nine stilts, creating 936 square feet of living space. A floating timber staircase wraps around the outside of the house and is the main passageway for getting from level to level.

Living room doors opening onto deckPhoto: Studio Chirika via Designboom
Living room with drum set and deskPhoto: Studio Chirika via Designboom

On the ground floor, the multi-purpose living room opens out onto an expansive deck. Indoors, there’s a kitchenette, desk, and plenty of room for a drum kit. The bedroom is on the third floor, where a row of skylights offers a peek of the flora.

Wooden staircase wrapping around housePhoto: Studio Chirika via Designboom

All of the levels have large windows and platforms that open out onto the forest, making the house feel like it’s one with the trees.

A modern take on the tree house

Casa Flotante (“floating house”) is exactly as advertised: a gorgeous, timber home that appears to float in the surrounding forest. Mexican architecture firm Talleresque designed the sophisticated take on a treehouse in a lush Mexico City neighborhood.

The house stretches vertically into the tree canopy, like a giant, illuminated tree trunk. The frame sits on nine stilts, creating 936 square feet of living space. A floating timber staircase wraps around the outside of the house and is the main passageway for getting from level to level.

Living room doors opening onto deckPhoto: Studio Chirika via Designboom
Living room with drum set and deskPhoto: Studio Chirika via Designboom

On the ground floor, the multi-purpose living room opens out onto an expansive deck. Indoors, there’s a kitchenette, desk, and plenty of room for a drum kit. The bedroom is on the third floor, where a row of skylights offers a peek of the flora.

Wooden staircase wrapping around housePhoto: Studio Chirika via Designboom

All of the levels have large windows and platforms that open out onto the forest, making the house feel like it’s one with the trees.


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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.