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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.

Tiny home in Japan shows how little space we really need

A cleverly efficient use of 200 square feet

When architect Takeshi Hosaka and his wife left their home in Yokohama, Japan, for Tokyo, they traded one tiny home for an even tinier home. Their new abode, a compact 204-square-foot nook called Love2House, is an exercise in seeing just how much space you can squeeze out of hardly any space at all.

The single-story house is sandwiched between two buildings, but despite its constrained footprint, Hosaka designed the space with a clear layout that separates the living room, kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom.

Living room with concrete wallsPhoto: Koji Fujii Nacasa and Partners
Light casting down concrete wallsPhoto: Koji Fujii Nacasa and Partners
Bedroom separated by concrete wallPhoto: Koji Fujii Nacasa and Partners
Skylights in roofPhoto: Koji Fujii Nacasa and Partners

A high ceiling slants toward two skylights and makes the concrete interior feel spacious. The cleverly designed roof helps to diffuse light into the space, which won’t receive direct sunlight from its two main windows for three months out of the year.

“In the winter, the two skylights effectively bring soft sunlight into the house and in the summer the house is filled with brilliant sunshine like in a tropical country,” Hosaka tells Dezeen.

The house has plenty...


A cleverly efficient use of 200 square feet

When architect Takeshi Hosaka and his wife left their home in Yokohama, Japan, for Tokyo, they traded one tiny home for an even tinier home. Their new abode, a compact 204-square-foot nook called Love2House, is an exercise in seeing just how much space you can squeeze out of hardly any space at all.

The single-story house is sandwiched between two buildings, but despite its constrained footprint, Hosaka designed the space with a clear layout that separates the living room, kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom.

Living room with concrete wallsPhoto: Koji Fujii Nacasa and Partners
Light casting down concrete wallsPhoto: Koji Fujii Nacasa and Partners
Bedroom separated by concrete wallPhoto: Koji Fujii Nacasa and Partners
Skylights in roofPhoto: Koji Fujii Nacasa and Partners

A high ceiling slants toward two skylights and makes the concrete interior feel spacious. The cleverly designed roof helps to diffuse light into the space, which won’t receive direct sunlight from its two main windows for three months out of the year.

“In the winter, the two skylights effectively bring soft sunlight into the house and in the summer the house is filled with brilliant sunshine like in a tropical country,” Hosaka tells Dezeen.

The house has plenty of amenities crammed into into the space including a luxurious bathtub, a washer/dryer, and plenty of storage space for the couple’s collection of records.

A cleverly efficient use of 200 square feet

When architect Takeshi Hosaka and his wife left their home in Yokohama, Japan, for Tokyo, they traded one tiny home for an even tinier home. Their new abode, a compact 204-square-foot nook called Love2House, is an exercise in seeing just how much space you can squeeze out of hardly any space at all.

The single-story house is sandwiched between two buildings, but despite its constrained footprint, Hosaka designed the space with a clear layout that separates the living room, kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom.

Living room with concrete wallsPhoto: Koji Fujii Nacasa and Partners
Light casting down concrete wallsPhoto: Koji Fujii Nacasa and Partners
Bedroom separated by concrete wallPhoto: Koji Fujii Nacasa and Partners
Skylights in roofPhoto: Koji Fujii Nacasa and Partners

A high ceiling slants toward two skylights and makes the concrete interior feel spacious. The cleverly designed roof helps to diffuse light into the space, which won’t receive direct sunlight from its two main windows for three months out of the year.

“In the winter, the two skylights effectively bring soft sunlight into the house and in the summer the house is filled with brilliant sunshine like in a tropical country,” Hosaka tells Dezeen.

The house has plenty of amenities crammed into into the space including a luxurious bathtub, a washer/dryer, and plenty of storage space for the couple’s collection of records.


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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.