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.

Renovated Cottage Under Two Hours From Manhattan Asks $295K

A small Cape Cod style white cottage sits on green grass with trees behind it. Ren Nickson Photography/William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty

Located in Washington Depot, Connecticut, it comes with a garden rich with ostrich ferns, columbine, and mountain mint.

In Outside the City, Curbed uncovers exceptional properties within a reasonable distance of NYC that will tempt even the staunchest city-dwellers.

Location: Washington Depot, Connecticut
Distance from Grand Central: 87 miles (1 hour 45 minute drive)
Specs: 1 bedroom (plus a loft), 1 bath, 1,200 square feet, 0.3 acres
Price: $295,000


Built in 1946, this renovated cottage sits on a lush hillside just across the road from the Shepaug River in pastoral Washington Depot, Connecticut, the inspiration for the fictional town of Stars Hollow on Gilmore Girls. While the Litchfield County village is ever-so-slightly too out-of-the-way to commute from, it makes for an idyllic getaway — there are weekly farmers’ markets, sprawling gardens, waterfall hikes at nearby Kent Falls State Park, and regional gems like Arethusa Farm, a 300-acre dairy farm with a restaurant, cafe, and ice cream shop.

The simple Cape Cod-style house at 44 Bee Brook Road has been updated throughout with neutral walls, blinds, and...


A small Cape Cod style white cottage sits on green grass with trees behind it. Ren Nickson Photography/William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty

Located in Washington Depot, Connecticut, it comes with a garden rich with ostrich ferns, columbine, and mountain mint.

In Outside the City, Curbed uncovers exceptional properties within a reasonable distance of NYC that will tempt even the staunchest city-dwellers.

Location: Washington Depot, Connecticut
Distance from Grand Central: 87 miles (1 hour 45 minute drive)
Specs: 1 bedroom (plus a loft), 1 bath, 1,200 square feet, 0.3 acres
Price: $295,000


Built in 1946, this renovated cottage sits on a lush hillside just across the road from the Shepaug River in pastoral Washington Depot, Connecticut, the inspiration for the fictional town of Stars Hollow on Gilmore Girls. While the Litchfield County village is ever-so-slightly too out-of-the-way to commute from, it makes for an idyllic getaway — there are weekly farmers’ markets, sprawling gardens, waterfall hikes at nearby Kent Falls State Park, and regional gems like Arethusa Farm, a 300-acre dairy farm with a restaurant, cafe, and ice cream shop.

The simple Cape Cod-style house at 44 Bee Brook Road has been updated throughout with neutral walls, blinds, and wood floors. The living room — big enough for a six-person dining set — leads to the crisp black-and-white kitchen on the left and a bedroom with vaulted ceilings and a sliding glass door on the right (it opens onto a bluestone patio behind white picket fencing). The living room also features a set of steep stairs which lead up to a surprisingly spacious loft that could serve as a small office, guest bedroom, or storage. Outside, the landscaped garden is filled with native New England flora like ostrich ferns, columbine, and mountain mint, a pollinator plant favored by butterflies.

A living room has a striped couch, white coffee table, and a dining room table in the corner.
A simple living room offers large windows and recently updated wooden floors.
A bedroom with a small twin bed and sliding glass door.
The bedroom features vaulted ceilings and access to the patio.
A living room with striped couch and stairs leading up to a loft.
A steep set of stairs in the living room leads up to the loft.
An upstairs loft has two twin beds and a small desk.
The loft has room for guests and a small office.
A black and white kitchen has two windows.
The kitchen has been recently updated with black countertops and white cabinets.
A small white house sits behind a patio. There are four metal chairs and a wood table on the patio.
Enjoy surrounding gardens and greenery from the fenced-in bluestone patio.
A small Cape Cod style white cottage sits on green grass with trees behind it. Ren Nickson Photography/William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty

Located in Washington Depot, Connecticut, it comes with a garden rich with ostrich ferns, columbine, and mountain mint.

In Outside the City, Curbed uncovers exceptional properties within a reasonable distance of NYC that will tempt even the staunchest city-dwellers.

Location: Washington Depot, Connecticut
Distance from Grand Central: 87 miles (1 hour 45 minute drive)
Specs: 1 bedroom (plus a loft), 1 bath, 1,200 square feet, 0.3 acres
Price: $295,000


Built in 1946, this renovated cottage sits on a lush hillside just across the road from the Shepaug River in pastoral Washington Depot, Connecticut, the inspiration for the fictional town of Stars Hollow on Gilmore Girls. While the Litchfield County village is ever-so-slightly too out-of-the-way to commute from, it makes for an idyllic getaway — there are weekly farmers’ markets, sprawling gardens, waterfall hikes at nearby Kent Falls State Park, and regional gems like Arethusa Farm, a 300-acre dairy farm with a restaurant, cafe, and ice cream shop.

The simple Cape Cod-style house at 44 Bee Brook Road has been updated throughout with neutral walls, blinds, and wood floors. The living room — big enough for a six-person dining set — leads to the crisp black-and-white kitchen on the left and a bedroom with vaulted ceilings and a sliding glass door on the right (it opens onto a bluestone patio behind white picket fencing). The living room also features a set of steep stairs which lead up to a surprisingly spacious loft that could serve as a small office, guest bedroom, or storage. Outside, the landscaped garden is filled with native New England flora like ostrich ferns, columbine, and mountain mint, a pollinator plant favored by butterflies.

A living room has a striped couch, white coffee table, and a dining room table in the corner.
A simple living room offers large windows and recently updated wooden floors.
A bedroom with a small twin bed and sliding glass door.
The bedroom features vaulted ceilings and access to the patio.
A living room with striped couch and stairs leading up to a loft.
A steep set of stairs in the living room leads up to the loft.
An upstairs loft has two twin beds and a small desk.
The loft has room for guests and a small office.
A black and white kitchen has two windows.
The kitchen has been recently updated with black countertops and white cabinets.
A small white house sits behind a patio. There are four metal chairs and a wood table on the patio.
Enjoy surrounding gardens and greenery from the fenced-in bluestone patio.

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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.