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.

Stained glass-filled church turned luxury home asks $2M

A light stone church with a tall tower and teal trim sits on a corner lot with blue sky behind it. Courtesy of Iconique Real Estate and AT Media Co

The three-bedroom house features soaring 30-foot ceilings

We’ve covered all kinds of fun home conversions in Curbed’s House of the Day column, from shipping container houses to a funky live-work bookstore. The latest to catch our eye is this church turned luxury home in Denver, Colorado.

Built in 1906 as the First Presbyterian Church and renamed the New Hope Baptist Church in 1947, the church has been transformed into several residences. Unit D, shown here, is set over three levels and features 30-foot ceilings and the church’s original stained-glass windows in the living room.

With over 4,818-square-feet of living space, the three-bedroom, five-bath property has an open-concept floorplan. An elevator and swirling staircase takes you to the master suite, and the home also features teak wood flooring, columns, stone inlays, and arches galore. Many of the light fixtures and accent pieces are antiques found during the previous owner’s global travels—including a wooden door from a castle in India and hand-carved pillars from a mosque.

And if you head all the way up to the rooftop, a deck with built-in wooden seating provides...


A light stone church with a tall tower and teal trim sits on a corner lot with blue sky behind it. Courtesy of Iconique Real Estate and AT Media Co

The three-bedroom house features soaring 30-foot ceilings

We’ve covered all kinds of fun home conversions in Curbed’s House of the Day column, from shipping container houses to a funky live-work bookstore. The latest to catch our eye is this church turned luxury home in Denver, Colorado.

Built in 1906 as the First Presbyterian Church and renamed the New Hope Baptist Church in 1947, the church has been transformed into several residences. Unit D, shown here, is set over three levels and features 30-foot ceilings and the church’s original stained-glass windows in the living room.

With over 4,818-square-feet of living space, the three-bedroom, five-bath property has an open-concept floorplan. An elevator and swirling staircase takes you to the master suite, and the home also features teak wood flooring, columns, stone inlays, and arches galore. Many of the light fixtures and accent pieces are antiques found during the previous owner’s global travels—including a wooden door from a castle in India and hand-carved pillars from a mosque.

And if you head all the way up to the rooftop, a deck with built-in wooden seating provides epic views of downtown Denver. Love what you see? 2283 Ogden Street #D is on the market now for $1,995,000.

A church turned house features tall stained glass windows on one wall and very tall ceilings.
The church’s original stained glass windows and 30-foot ceilings create quite the impression in the living room.
A white seating area with chairs is centered around a fireplace.
A fireplace in the open-concept living room adds coziness.
An open-concept dining room and kitchen features a balcony up above with a swirling staircase leading up to it.
The view towards the kitchen also shows the upstairs master suite.
A long narrow room with wooden floors and a black closet has a white bed.
A bedroom in the upper sections of the second floor.
An Eames-style chair sits on an animal rug underneath a second-story arch.
Arches are used throughout the home as a motif.
A bedroom with a white bed, black rug, wooden floors, vaulted ceilings and a kitchenette.
Another bedroom has a small kitchenette that’s perfect for guests.
A rooftop deck with a view of skyscrapers in the distance features a built-in wooden bench for seating.
A view of downtown Denver from the rooftop deck.
A light stone church with a tall tower and teal trim sits on a corner lot with blue sky behind it. Courtesy of Iconique Real Estate and AT Media Co

The three-bedroom house features soaring 30-foot ceilings

We’ve covered all kinds of fun home conversions in Curbed’s House of the Day column, from shipping container houses to a funky live-work bookstore. The latest to catch our eye is this church turned luxury home in Denver, Colorado.

Built in 1906 as the First Presbyterian Church and renamed the New Hope Baptist Church in 1947, the church has been transformed into several residences. Unit D, shown here, is set over three levels and features 30-foot ceilings and the church’s original stained-glass windows in the living room.

With over 4,818-square-feet of living space, the three-bedroom, five-bath property has an open-concept floorplan. An elevator and swirling staircase takes you to the master suite, and the home also features teak wood flooring, columns, stone inlays, and arches galore. Many of the light fixtures and accent pieces are antiques found during the previous owner’s global travels—including a wooden door from a castle in India and hand-carved pillars from a mosque.

And if you head all the way up to the rooftop, a deck with built-in wooden seating provides epic views of downtown Denver. Love what you see? 2283 Ogden Street #D is on the market now for $1,995,000.

A church turned house features tall stained glass windows on one wall and very tall ceilings.
The church’s original stained glass windows and 30-foot ceilings create quite the impression in the living room.
A white seating area with chairs is centered around a fireplace.
A fireplace in the open-concept living room adds coziness.
An open-concept dining room and kitchen features a balcony up above with a swirling staircase leading up to it.
The view towards the kitchen also shows the upstairs master suite.
A long narrow room with wooden floors and a black closet has a white bed.
A bedroom in the upper sections of the second floor.
An Eames-style chair sits on an animal rug underneath a second-story arch.
Arches are used throughout the home as a motif.
A bedroom with a white bed, black rug, wooden floors, vaulted ceilings and a kitchenette.
Another bedroom has a small kitchenette that’s perfect for guests.
A rooftop deck with a view of skyscrapers in the distance features a built-in wooden bench for seating.
A view of downtown Denver from the rooftop deck.

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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.