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.

Cozy A-frame embraces the simple pleasures

A-frame house with wood facade sits on a concrete base. Jakub Skokan and Martin Tuma/BoysPlayNice

A little bit Brutalist, a little bit cabin

There’s nothing complicated about this A-frame-topped house in Czech Republic, but that’s really the beauty of it. Pavel Mícek Architects designed the weekend house in the mountainous countryside with an eye to simple materials and elemental shapes.

The house features a sturdy concrete base that edges into the hillside. Atop sits an A-frame volume built from larch wood, poking over the top of the hill like a peak of a tent. The main communal space with an open kitchen is tucked into the top of the house, while the house is more like a bunker, fitting in three bedrooms and a sauna.

Large window cutouts on the triangular facade of the house brings light into a mostly larch wood interior, while glass doors on both ends of the structure open to terraces sheltered by the roof. Additional windows in the slanted roof pour in more light throughout the home.

Living room with pointed ceiling Jakub Skokan and Martin Tuma/BoysPlayNice
Staircase leading up to a bright area.
Wooden countertop in all-wood interior.Jakub Skokan and Martin Tuma/BoysPlayNice
Gray sofa in a wooden cabin with vaulted ceilings.Jakub Skokan and Martin Tuma/BoysPlayNice
A-frame house at duskJakub Skokan and Martin Tuma/BoysPlayNice

A-frame house with wood facade sits on a concrete base. Jakub Skokan and Martin Tuma/BoysPlayNice

A little bit Brutalist, a little bit cabin

There’s nothing complicated about this A-frame-topped house in Czech Republic, but that’s really the beauty of it. Pavel Mícek Architects designed the weekend house in the mountainous countryside with an eye to simple materials and elemental shapes.

The house features a sturdy concrete base that edges into the hillside. Atop sits an A-frame volume built from larch wood, poking over the top of the hill like a peak of a tent. The main communal space with an open kitchen is tucked into the top of the house, while the house is more like a bunker, fitting in three bedrooms and a sauna.

Large window cutouts on the triangular facade of the house brings light into a mostly larch wood interior, while glass doors on both ends of the structure open to terraces sheltered by the roof. Additional windows in the slanted roof pour in more light throughout the home.

Living room with pointed ceiling Jakub Skokan and Martin Tuma/BoysPlayNice
Staircase leading up to a bright area.
Wooden countertop in all-wood interior.Jakub Skokan and Martin Tuma/BoysPlayNice
Gray sofa in a wooden cabin with vaulted ceilings.Jakub Skokan and Martin Tuma/BoysPlayNice
A-frame house at duskJakub Skokan and Martin Tuma/BoysPlayNice
A-frame house with wood facade sits on a concrete base. Jakub Skokan and Martin Tuma/BoysPlayNice

A little bit Brutalist, a little bit cabin

There’s nothing complicated about this A-frame-topped house in Czech Republic, but that’s really the beauty of it. Pavel Mícek Architects designed the weekend house in the mountainous countryside with an eye to simple materials and elemental shapes.

The house features a sturdy concrete base that edges into the hillside. Atop sits an A-frame volume built from larch wood, poking over the top of the hill like a peak of a tent. The main communal space with an open kitchen is tucked into the top of the house, while the house is more like a bunker, fitting in three bedrooms and a sauna.

Large window cutouts on the triangular facade of the house brings light into a mostly larch wood interior, while glass doors on both ends of the structure open to terraces sheltered by the roof. Additional windows in the slanted roof pour in more light throughout the home.

Living room with pointed ceiling Jakub Skokan and Martin Tuma/BoysPlayNice
Staircase leading up to a bright area.
Wooden countertop in all-wood interior.Jakub Skokan and Martin Tuma/BoysPlayNice
Gray sofa in a wooden cabin with vaulted ceilings.Jakub Skokan and Martin Tuma/BoysPlayNice
A-frame house at duskJakub Skokan and Martin Tuma/BoysPlayNice

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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.