How to Start Your Own Custom Design Furniture Business

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Things You'll Need

  • Business license
  • Furniture materials
  • Workspace

Many people walk into furniture stores everyday and walk out disappointed because there was nothing inside to suit their taste. They have a need. You can help them fulfill that need by starting your own custom design furniture business. It's a win-win decision.

Choose a name for your custom design furniture business. Obtain a business license or permit so you can legally run your business (see Resources).

Decide what type of custom furniture your business will make. Your custom furniture line might consist of all types of furniture such as bedroom, dining room and office furniture or perhaps you'll narrow it down to only one type of furniture, say, custom desks or cust bedframes.

Select a workspace area. If you will be making your custom furniture products on demand there might be enough room in your garage or basement to build your furniture. If you will be making your furniture in bulk consider leasing or purchasing a larger workspace.

Choose a furniture materials manufacturer. Purchase your furniture materials. You might have to choose one manufacturer to purchase your wood and a different one for fabric and other items you might need.

Store all of your furniture materials in a place that is weathertight. This will prevent your furniture materials from being damaged by the elements of nature. Places to consider would be a basement or storage facility.

Determine the price range of your custom furniture designs. You don't want to underprice your furniture. However, to build clientele consider starting off with lower prices. As the demand increases you can adjust your prices accordingly.

Market your custom furniture designs to create an interest in your products. One way to market your custom designs is to get a website and upload pictures containing some of your designs. You can also pass out fliers and place radio or television ads.


  • By purchasing wholesale furniture materials you can significantly cut your expenditures.