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Job Description

Furniture designers will design items of furniture, this could be bespoke individual pieces working as a self employed craftsman or as part of a larger team producing furniture for the mass market.

Entry Requirements

You'll find it useful to have an HND, foundation degree or degree in a relevant subject like:

  • 3D design
  • spatial design
  • furniture technology
  • furniture and product design
  • furniture design and make

If you’re planning to work for yourself, you could develop your skills by taking a college course in upholstery or carpentry.

You’ll need a portfolio to showcase your design work to potential employers or customers. 

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

The Crafts Council is a useful resource for designers and makers.

Career Path and Progression

With experience, you could progress to a more senior position, or into a specialised area, like ergonomics. 

You could also set up your own design consultancy.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Ergonomist
  • French polisher
  • Furniture restorer
  • Upholsterer

Required Skills

  • Good drawing skills
  • An eye for detail
  • Creative
  • Practical abilities
  • An understanding of computer aided design (CAD)
  • Commercial and market awareness
  • Good communication skills
  • Patience and adaptability
  • Self motivated

Starting Salary

£18,000 to £45,000

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