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.

Small apartment makes big statement with cobalt curtains

Kitchen with black and pink backsplash separated by blue curtain.Alexey Yanchenkov

It’s all about owning your design choices

Walls are irrelevant in this bold apartment in Kyiv, Ukraine. Local studio Ater Architects renovated the small residence for a young couple, transforming its boxy, cramped layout into something much more open and flexible thanks a resourceful use of curtains.

The architects knocked down most of the walls in the apartment and replaced them with a series of striking cobalt curtains that pull double duty as space divider and decor.

In the living room, the monochromatic color palette of white, gray, and black is interrupted by the rich backdrop of blue and a blush pink couch; cordoned off is a separate office area where the owner can mix electronic music.

Living room with pink couch and blue curtain hanging in background.Alexey Yanchenkov

The kitchen features built-in white oak veneer cabinetry, a sharp contrast to a black and pink backsplash. The bedroom is separated from the rest of the apartment by an actual wall, but even there, a blue curtain is a prominent feature. It provides a glamorous backdrop for a walk-in closet that’s lined with mirrors and some enviable built-in storage.

Bedroom with a bed, wooden desk, and round mirror. Alexey Yanchenkov
Wardrobe surrounded by blue curtains.Alexey Yanchenkov


Kitchen with black and pink backsplash separated by blue curtain.Alexey Yanchenkov

It’s all about owning your design choices

Walls are irrelevant in this bold apartment in Kyiv, Ukraine. Local studio Ater Architects renovated the small residence for a young couple, transforming its boxy, cramped layout into something much more open and flexible thanks a resourceful use of curtains.

The architects knocked down most of the walls in the apartment and replaced them with a series of striking cobalt curtains that pull double duty as space divider and decor.

In the living room, the monochromatic color palette of white, gray, and black is interrupted by the rich backdrop of blue and a blush pink couch; cordoned off is a separate office area where the owner can mix electronic music.

Living room with pink couch and blue curtain hanging in background.Alexey Yanchenkov

The kitchen features built-in white oak veneer cabinetry, a sharp contrast to a black and pink backsplash. The bedroom is separated from the rest of the apartment by an actual wall, but even there, a blue curtain is a prominent feature. It provides a glamorous backdrop for a walk-in closet that’s lined with mirrors and some enviable built-in storage.

Bedroom with a bed, wooden desk, and round mirror. Alexey Yanchenkov
Wardrobe surrounded by blue curtains.Alexey Yanchenkov

Kitchen with black and pink backsplash separated by blue curtain.Alexey Yanchenkov

It’s all about owning your design choices

Walls are irrelevant in this bold apartment in Kyiv, Ukraine. Local studio Ater Architects renovated the small residence for a young couple, transforming its boxy, cramped layout into something much more open and flexible thanks a resourceful use of curtains.

The architects knocked down most of the walls in the apartment and replaced them with a series of striking cobalt curtains that pull double duty as space divider and decor.

In the living room, the monochromatic color palette of white, gray, and black is interrupted by the rich backdrop of blue and a blush pink couch; cordoned off is a separate office area where the owner can mix electronic music.

Living room with pink couch and blue curtain hanging in background.Alexey Yanchenkov

The kitchen features built-in white oak veneer cabinetry, a sharp contrast to a black and pink backsplash. The bedroom is separated from the rest of the apartment by an actual wall, but even there, a blue curtain is a prominent feature. It provides a glamorous backdrop for a walk-in closet that’s lined with mirrors and some enviable built-in storage.

Bedroom with a bed, wooden desk, and round mirror. Alexey Yanchenkov
Wardrobe surrounded by blue curtains.Alexey Yanchenkov


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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.