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.

Picture-perfect contemporary asks $1.3M

A boxy concrete home features an angled roof and a green yard with cement path. Ellis Creek Photography

With a colorful, free-form staircase

Charleston, South Carolina, is known for its well-preserved historic architecture, a melange of Colonial, Revival, Victorian, and Italianate styles. And while we love a historic home, today’s bright and airy listing is a breath of fresh air.

The three-bedroom, three-bath home is the brainchild of Kevan Hoertdoerfer, an award-winning architect known for provocative contemporary design. The open and light-filled floorplan feels a bit like a contemporary art gallery, with 25-foot ceilings and carefully landscaped outdoor spaces. But the 2,350-square-foot home has neighbors on both sides restricting the view, so Hoertdoerfer used translucent panels instead of windows to let in light.

The focal point of the living areas is a show-stopping free-form staircase doubles that as a work of art, its bright colors contrasting with the white walls. The custom touch continues throughout the home; a local woodworker built the sculptural solid oak kitchen island and cabinetry, as well as the bathroom cabinetry, custom closet design, and bedroom built ins.

Two bedrooms are located downstairs while the entire second floor makes up...


A boxy concrete home features an angled roof and a green yard with cement path. Ellis Creek Photography

With a colorful, free-form staircase

Charleston, South Carolina, is known for its well-preserved historic architecture, a melange of Colonial, Revival, Victorian, and Italianate styles. And while we love a historic home, today’s bright and airy listing is a breath of fresh air.

The three-bedroom, three-bath home is the brainchild of Kevan Hoertdoerfer, an award-winning architect known for provocative contemporary design. The open and light-filled floorplan feels a bit like a contemporary art gallery, with 25-foot ceilings and carefully landscaped outdoor spaces. But the 2,350-square-foot home has neighbors on both sides restricting the view, so Hoertdoerfer used translucent panels instead of windows to let in light.

The focal point of the living areas is a show-stopping free-form staircase doubles that as a work of art, its bright colors contrasting with the white walls. The custom touch continues throughout the home; a local woodworker built the sculptural solid oak kitchen island and cabinetry, as well as the bathroom cabinetry, custom closet design, and bedroom built ins.

Two bedrooms are located downstairs while the entire second floor makes up the loft-like master, including a private deck that overlooks Charleston’s nearby Hampton Park. And as if that picturesque outdoor space wasn’t enough, the backyard features a cabana framed by giant timber bamboo with plenty of space for lounging. Love what you see? 116 Grove Street is on the market now for $1,295,000.

A rainbow floating staircase rises on one wall, with a gray couch in a living room on the left.
A colorful free-form staircase rises above translucent panels in the open-concept living room.
A white and timber kitchen has open shelving and a large kitchen island.
A spacious kitchen features open shelving and a sculptural island made by a local woodworker.
A large white bed sits next to bed stands and a built-in bench.
The home’s second story consists of a loft-like master.
A large bathroom features a stand-up shower, soaking tub, and two sinks.
The use of translucent walls and custom woodworking continues in the master bath.
A rooftop deck off of a master bedroom has two large arm chairs with ottomans.
The second story deck off of the master features an angled roofline and plenty of space for entertaining.
An open-air cabana has a sectional and trees all around.
A cabana offers the ultimate outdoor space for relaxation.
A boxy concrete home features an angled roof and a green yard with cement path. Ellis Creek Photography

With a colorful, free-form staircase

Charleston, South Carolina, is known for its well-preserved historic architecture, a melange of Colonial, Revival, Victorian, and Italianate styles. And while we love a historic home, today’s bright and airy listing is a breath of fresh air.

The three-bedroom, three-bath home is the brainchild of Kevan Hoertdoerfer, an award-winning architect known for provocative contemporary design. The open and light-filled floorplan feels a bit like a contemporary art gallery, with 25-foot ceilings and carefully landscaped outdoor spaces. But the 2,350-square-foot home has neighbors on both sides restricting the view, so Hoertdoerfer used translucent panels instead of windows to let in light.

The focal point of the living areas is a show-stopping free-form staircase doubles that as a work of art, its bright colors contrasting with the white walls. The custom touch continues throughout the home; a local woodworker built the sculptural solid oak kitchen island and cabinetry, as well as the bathroom cabinetry, custom closet design, and bedroom built ins.

Two bedrooms are located downstairs while the entire second floor makes up the loft-like master, including a private deck that overlooks Charleston’s nearby Hampton Park. And as if that picturesque outdoor space wasn’t enough, the backyard features a cabana framed by giant timber bamboo with plenty of space for lounging. Love what you see? 116 Grove Street is on the market now for $1,295,000.

A rainbow floating staircase rises on one wall, with a gray couch in a living room on the left.
A colorful free-form staircase rises above translucent panels in the open-concept living room.
A white and timber kitchen has open shelving and a large kitchen island.
A spacious kitchen features open shelving and a sculptural island made by a local woodworker.
A large white bed sits next to bed stands and a built-in bench.
The home’s second story consists of a loft-like master.
A large bathroom features a stand-up shower, soaking tub, and two sinks.
The use of translucent walls and custom woodworking continues in the master bath.
A rooftop deck off of a master bedroom has two large arm chairs with ottomans.
The second story deck off of the master features an angled roofline and plenty of space for entertaining.
An open-air cabana has a sectional and trees all around.
A cabana offers the ultimate outdoor space for relaxation.

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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.