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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.

Every surface in this school was designed to help kids learn braille

Including a “sensory cube” that teaches tactile skills like the relationship between shapes, sizes, and weights

At this school in Bangkok, Thailand, every surface is a learning experience. The Pattaya Redemptorist School For the Blind enrolls students with varying levels of vision ability. Its goal is to help teach those students how to read and navigate the world around them.

The school enlisted Bangkok design studio Creative Crews to transform the building into a tactile experience where walls and floors become spaces for play and learning. Designed around the “pre-braille curriculum,” which helps young children develop tactile awareness and prepare for reading and writing braille, the school’s new additions include several perforated and magnetized walls onto which objects can be inserted and attached.

Kids playing with pegs on wallCreative Crews
Colorful wall pegs in boxesCreative Crews

The tactile surfaces are in effect a white board, where kids can feel different types of “learning pins” including geometric shaped blocks and animal pegs. In the main classroom, the designers made all four walls and the floor into a “sensory cube” that students follow like a curriculum, where they learn tactile skills like the relationship...


Including a “sensory cube” that teaches tactile skills like the relationship between shapes, sizes, and weights

At this school in Bangkok, Thailand, every surface is a learning experience. The Pattaya Redemptorist School For the Blind enrolls students with varying levels of vision ability. Its goal is to help teach those students how to read and navigate the world around them.

The school enlisted Bangkok design studio Creative Crews to transform the building into a tactile experience where walls and floors become spaces for play and learning. Designed around the “pre-braille curriculum,” which helps young children develop tactile awareness and prepare for reading and writing braille, the school’s new additions include several perforated and magnetized walls onto which objects can be inserted and attached.

Kids playing with pegs on wallCreative Crews
Colorful wall pegs in boxesCreative Crews

The tactile surfaces are in effect a white board, where kids can feel different types of “learning pins” including geometric shaped blocks and animal pegs. In the main classroom, the designers made all four walls and the floor into a “sensory cube” that students follow like a curriculum, where they learn tactile skills like the relationship between shapes, sizes, and weights.

Children playing in sunlit balconyCreative Crews

According to Designboom, lighting in the main learning room is also calibrated to stimulate visibility in children with low vision, sound is piped in to simulate real-world environments, scented capsules teach students to identify smells like gas and fire, and the floor’s tiles are designed with Braille letters and numbers in English and Thai, turning the entire room into a brilliant multi-sensory experience. Neat!

Including a “sensory cube” that teaches tactile skills like the relationship between shapes, sizes, and weights

At this school in Bangkok, Thailand, every surface is a learning experience. The Pattaya Redemptorist School For the Blind enrolls students with varying levels of vision ability. Its goal is to help teach those students how to read and navigate the world around them.

The school enlisted Bangkok design studio Creative Crews to transform the building into a tactile experience where walls and floors become spaces for play and learning. Designed around the “pre-braille curriculum,” which helps young children develop tactile awareness and prepare for reading and writing braille, the school’s new additions include several perforated and magnetized walls onto which objects can be inserted and attached.

Kids playing with pegs on wallCreative Crews
Colorful wall pegs in boxesCreative Crews

The tactile surfaces are in effect a white board, where kids can feel different types of “learning pins” including geometric shaped blocks and animal pegs. In the main classroom, the designers made all four walls and the floor into a “sensory cube” that students follow like a curriculum, where they learn tactile skills like the relationship between shapes, sizes, and weights.

Children playing in sunlit balconyCreative Crews

According to Designboom, lighting in the main learning room is also calibrated to stimulate visibility in children with low vision, sound is piped in to simulate real-world environments, scented capsules teach students to identify smells like gas and fire, and the floor’s tiles are designed with Braille letters and numbers in English and Thai, turning the entire room into a brilliant multi-sensory experience. Neat!


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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.